Check out our interview with talented LA based brand new artist Rodney Cox Jr.
Rodney’s style is pop with influences of country as he grew up inspired by artists such as Michael Jackson and Tim McGraw.
Follow Rodney @reallyrodney
Hi Rodney, please tell us a little about you?
I’m from Louisville Kentucky. Never had a lot of money but I always had a lot of love.I’d spend the majority of my time in the city and during summer break I’d spend time on my great grandparents farm. Because of that I definitely learned how to conduct myself around people from various backgrounds. I always managed to fit in everywhere however I often felt out of place. I played sports like basketball and football but I always had a soft spot for the arts.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Smooth, Strategic, & Real
We’re sure you have been asked this million times but how did you get in the industry?
I went to LA to pursue acting. And in the process of doing that, there had been a lot of downtime between gigs. So I figured I’d write scripts to help sharpen my storytelling skills. Those scripts became short stories, those stories became poems, and the poems became songs. Now we’re here with it!
How has this changed your life?
It’s given me another outlet to express my art which is always a beautiful thing.
Describe your sound in 3 words?
Bright, Uplifting, & Universal
Who influenced you and why did you choose to make music?
Ultimately it was my grandfather. He spent the majority of his life living by the book, obeying all the rules, never really living life because he knew he had a family to take care of. But he did that so that his family could have the luxury of living on our own terms. So me doing this is taking advantage of that opportunity that has been gifted to me. And being that he passed away last year (May 11th, 2021) I’ve made it my mission to shine as bright as I can on this planet so that he sees me from wherever his spirit is now. And he’ll know his work didn’t go to waste.
Do you play any instrument?
I took a guitar class for 6 months, so no.
Do you ever get nervous?
Not nervous but definitely anxious.
Tell us about your new single “Going Home?”
It’s about being in a space where you may feel uncomfortable, under appreciated, or even irrelevant and just wanting to be in a place you call home. And that can be the place you live or with loved ones.
What’s the story behind the song?
I was joking around singing in a thick country accent. My mother and sister overheard me and jokingly suggested I’d make country music. When I told them I may just do it for real since they wanted to laugh at me. They quickly assured me that they were serious even though they were laughing.
What is the most rewarding part of your work?
People being able to connect with the story that I’m telling.
What book should every entrepreneur read?
“The science of getting rich” by Wallace Wattles
What would say are the greatest lessons you learned so far?
A man can change his stars.
What advice would you give to your younger self and why?
The perfect time doesn’t exist so make your move right now. Often we wait for the perfect moment as if tomorrow is promised.
How would your best friend describe you?
If you are a book, what would be the title of the book and why?
“Scatter Brain” because I always have 1 million and 1 things on my mind.
What’s next for Rodney Cox Jr. in the last months of 2022?
May release a video for Going Home. Anything beyond that is a surprise.
What is your favorite healthy food?
And your favorite cheat food?
Love me some Derby Pie.
How would you explain your fashion style?
It’s pretty sleek honestly. I wear whatever I’m comfortable in. But I’m very into fashion.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Brief moments of contentment.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I’d likely want to meet Jeff Bezos to discuss how he balances schedules.
What would be the dream holiday, and who would you go with?
I’d likely want to be alone somewhere nice.That way when holiday is over I can go home and appreciate everyone and everything I was without.
Best advice ever given?
Control what you can control.
Do you support any charity?
I like to keep my charitable work private.
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years from now?
On everyone’s nerves; because I’ll be on every screen, every radio, and the topic of too many conversations.
Favorite song? Why?
The next song I’m writing; because it makes me smile the closer I get to the end of it.
What do you think of Social Media?
I have a love hate relationship with it. I like that it keeps me informed but I don’t like to share everything about myself.
Where we can follow you?
Book: I’m currently reading “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
Quote: “I’m not negotiating with myself.” -Kobe Bryant
Movie: A Knight’s Tale
Tv Series: Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Favorite Food: Fries!
Travel Destination: Anywhere my family is.
Sports Team: I go for any team out of Kentucky