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Cody Fry brings a symphony of pop music to your headphones

Cody Fry’s music is both familiar and breathtakingly innovative. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and composer first released his work in 2012 with his debut album sound: cinema. Now, a decade later, Fry’s music has continued to evolve in ways perhaps even Fry didn’t see coming.

This year, Fry’s 2017 song “I Hear A Symphony” randomly went viral on TikTok and sent the artist’s Spotify streams into the millions. “The way I describe TikTok is that it’s the social media equivalent of a nuclear bomb,” Fry told American Songwriter. “When he’s about to explode, it’s best to step aside. Really, I’ve never experienced anything like this in my career. The speed at which he can propel things viral is nothing short of astounding.

“It wasn’t my intention to go viral on TikTok, it kind of happened, and the way it translated into streaming numbers for me was a huge boon to my career. So I think that TikTok is amazing, really. I also love how weird it is. I feel like people are really expressing themselves in a super authentic way, whereas I feel like other social networks have this mask of shine, that it’s my brand that I put forward. TikTok is so weird, and I love it, ”he concludes.

This sudden reaction to “I Hear A Symphony” was equally astonishing and encouraging for the artist. Fry has been involved in music all his life (his father was an orchestral composer and jingle writer). Now, it seemed like he was discovering another dimension of the music field that could take his career to the next level.

So, on January 21, Fry released his latest album titled Symphonic sessions. The disc combines the refined drama of orchestration with the sparkling elements of pop music to create an irresistible sonic adventure.

Photo courtesy of Missing Piece Group.

“After the viral success of ‘I Hear A Symphony’, I wanted to offer more music in this orchestral genre to my new fans, so I thought I should create a project that allows me to create more music like this. This is how the Symphonic sessions were born,” says Fry. “It’s a combination of orchestrated new arrangements of a few older songs, new songs, then a cover of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and a collaboration with my friend Ben Rector. All of those have been things I wanted do, but this success and the need to bring these new fans into my music is what made me pull the trigger to create Symphonic sessions.”

The collection of songs is simply exquisite, delightful even. And when it came to deciding which songs would be on the disc, each track was chosen with incredible intentionality. For example, the cover of “Eleanor Rigby” has been on Fry’s radar for years.

“He was first introduced to me in 6th grade,” says Fry. “We had to do a project called The Lyric Project where we had to analyze a famous song and decide what we thought the lyrics meant. I was assigned “Eleanor Rigby”, so the song has always had a special place in my mind. And as I was living the pandemic, the chorus, ahhh look at all the lonely people, kept coming towards me. And I thought that might be a really cool way to bring people together to create music during the pandemic. So I created the orchestral arrangement, and also decided that I wanted to use a choir.

“Obviously the choirs weren’t getting together at this point, so I decided to enlist my fans and say, ‘Hey, if you want to be part of a choir experience, send me your files. , and I’ll compile them,” and that’s how we created this virtual chair that’s part of the “Eleanor Rigby” cover. The production process was incredibly fun. We recorded a huge orchestra at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville It was just a joy to put together,” he says.

Another song on the record, “Underground”, also holds a special place in Fry’s musical mind. “It’s about a guy getting hit by a train, but it’s really about life and realizing how amazing life and love can be. And the metaphor used in that case is being hit by a train,” says Fry.

He continues, “I think the combination of ‘Caves’ and ‘Underground’ is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. I think the orchestration for ‘Underground’, the way it develops, the little arranging techniques that I used to express the lyrics… it was a really proud moment for me. It was as if everything had come together in a truly fortuitous way. Sometimes things go really well, and with this arrangement of “Underground”, that’s what happened.

Listen to the full Symphonic sessionsbelow.


Photo courtesy of Missing Piece Group.