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Cody Karey

(Cody Karey)
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Grade:
B
Format: 
Digital
Tracks: 
11
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Discoved by 16-time Grammy winning producer David Foster, young tenor pop-vocalist Cody Karey released his self-titled debut last month via Verve Records.  While Karey and his label have been preparing seven years for this record he has shared the stage with the likes of Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, The Tenors, and Katharine McPhee.  Now grown-up with tons of experience under his belt, Karey has already been compared to one of his musical idols - Josh Groban.

"You Are The Song" opens the record and was partly penned by former ASCAP songwriter of the year Bernie Helms.  Early on, listeners will be able to distinguish just how easily Karey is able to blend pop and classic genres together with  an incredible voice.  Later, Karey has his own take on Jimmy Webb's "All I Know" - a tender, heartfelt tune originally made famous by Art Garfunkel.

"A Million Pieces," injected with a more lively beat and a pop vibe, provides a great contrast to the rest of the album highlighted by a slight echo effect on Karey's vocals.  Cody Karey wraps up on a highnote with a cover of R. Kelly's smash-hit "I Believe I Can Fly."  This version is more restrained, but the choir chiming in towards the end of the track provides a delightful flashblack to those of us who still connect the song to an intergalactic basketball game pitting aliens against Michael Jordan and his Looney Tune pals.

Like other classically trained pop vocalists, Karey's album suffers a tad from a general sameness.  Outside of the standout covers and a few songs in other languages (the Spanish "Sentir" and the Italian "Tu Sei"), listeners might have a hard time distinguishing between the remaining tracks.  The album is a professional coming-out of sorts for Karey and it wouldn't be hard to imagine him providing songs on epic Disney soundtracks for the next few decades.  Highly recommended for listeners who love classic pop or are big fans of Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli.

Cody Endres
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