FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CODY CHESNUTT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
MY LOVE DIVINE DEGREE IS SET TO BE RELEASED ON JUNE 2, 2017
ON HANDWRITTEN RECORDS
SHARES NEW SINGLE VIA THE FADER
Cody ChesnuTT, the legendary soul troubadour known for his raw and honest storytelling, is set to release his first album in four years, the soul elevating My Love Divine Degree. The album will be released on June 2, 2017 in North America on Handwritten Records with a CD release scheduled for June 30, 2017 and a vinyl edition shortly to follow.
The Fader recently premiered the new single “Image of Love” stating, “Enlightened singer Cody ChesnuTT uplifts the spirit of optimism and goodwill in his latest track, “Image of Love.” Crooning with candid passion, he emphasizes love’s force as a guiding light for humanity.” Cody saw critical praise as well as swathes of excitement from fans when he dropped his neo-soul single “Bullets in the Street and Blood” (feat. Raphael Saadiq) and the energetic “I StayReady” via Noisey towards the end of 2016. The two tracks are a call to positive action in the face of adversity.
Cody describes the essence of the new album expressing, “This Body of work is medicine for me. Once again, this is my soul trusting the powerful gift of music to be a positive vehicle for sharing the continual process of personal transformation. This organic sound recording explores what commonly may be perceived as universal social complexities, with the thought of divine love, and its application, as a simplifying guiding light. Artfully demonstrating that deeper listening, love and a greater sense of humanity is still the way forward to a healthier and more fruitful human experience.”
The 13 tracks that make My Love Divine Degree were recorded and mixed over a span of 18 months, and inspired by daily observations, both internal and external, taking shape in the form of various rhythms and soundscapes, ranging from classic soul to modern synth experimentation.
Cody’s career began back in 2002 with the release of his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece. After being nominated for two MTV Music Awards, Cody took a family-man retreat from music to reflect and rest after his meteoric rise to fame after his infamous collaboration with The Roots on a reworked version of his hit single The Seed (The Seed 2.0). He returned in 2012 with his second album Landing on a Hundred, and in addition to his solo projects, has contributed to the soundtracks for Oscar Award winning films 12 Years A Slave and Idris Elba Presents Mi Mandela.
Wearing his poetic license on his skin like a battle scar, Cody’s third full-length album, My Love Divine Degree has been produced by Anthony “The Twilight Tone” Khan, a BMI Award winning, Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter, and DJ known for his work with Kanye West, Common, John Legend, and Pusha T.
The album continues to present us with his ruminations on life that challenge popular notions of what popular soul music can look and sound like. Consistently ground-breaking, Cody ChesnuTT has once again created a body of work that is steadfastly topical and progressive, whilst at its heart incredibly human. Cody is currently touring Europe and has his sights on a North American tour for late summer. Two one-off shows are confirmed for June 19th in Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot in conjunction with KCRW’s “It’s A School Night” and on August 5th in Houston, TX @ Beyond The Pines.
My Love Divine Degree Tracklisting:
- Anything Can Happen
- Africa The Future
- She Ran Away
- Bullets In The Street And Blood (Feat. Raphael Saadiq)
- So Sad To See (A Lost Generation)
- Always Sebrena
- Make a Better Man
- I Stay Ready
- Image of Love
- It’s In The Love
- This Green Leaf
- Peace (Side-by-Side)
- Shine On The Mic
- Have You Heard Anything From The Lord Today
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