“A must-see live performer.” – Maurice Starr
“[Jody’s] performances and material show lots of skill and craft without sacrificing heart or conviction.” – Music Connection magazine
“I love that song [of Jody’s]. That’s commercial. That’s a hit.” – Frosty, Heidi & Frank (97.1 KLSX FM, Los Angeles)
With his single, “Let’s Just Go,” Jody Whitesides is poised to become a well known name. A bonafide pop star, in the grand tradition of the outsized, effortlessly extroverted men of Top 40 Radio.
There are coolly ironic artists, and there are passionate artists. Jody Whitesides is passionate. Where some pop stars might hide behind artifice or false humility, Whitesides digs in with both feet and sings to the back row. Some people were simply born for the stage, and Jody is one of those rare talents. “Let’s Just Go” is an unabashedly summer fun statement, and it’s a tight production.
The track took shape over several years, with cowriter Kevin Fisher. Initially worked on over FaceTime in a couple of tiny home studios. Jody then took the acoustic structure and evoked a feel good triplet style beat by mixing sounds of his voice with those of drum machine samples. Additionally he brought in Amy Lynn Whitcomb to add a female voice and range to the song. In all, “Let’s Just Go” includes over 80 tracks of audio. It’s a rich, high-fidelity sound that calls to mind the luxurious, lush, full productions of today’s Top 40.
After initial studies at Berklee in Boston, Jody flew west to achieve his ambitions, studying at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. An LA showcase performance caught the ear of a talent scout, and soon thereafter, entertainment impresario Maurice Starr became interested as a consultant. Given Starr’s track record launching the careers of Menudo, New Edition, and New Kids on the Block, his desire to work with Jody is not one to be taken lightly.
Central to Jody’s potential is his tireless work ethic and fighter’s heart. As a former competitive athlete — in freestyle skiing, he was ranked among the top 20 in the US — he learned the tenacity and effort required to achieve his ambitions. He brings that fiery drive to the studio and the stage.
Much like Jody and his towering, 6’4” frame, “Let’s Just Go” is no under-revved motor. It’s a tight, moving, Tesla ludicrous speed, ready to make summer fun, big hooks track that’s ready to grace playlists across all streaming platforms.