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A decade after his debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, Cody ChesnuTT refines his blend of old-school R&B and hip-hop attitude on Landing on a Hundred. Here, the Atlanta native sheds his bad-boy persona for a more mature outlook without losing his lyrical wit or musical daring. Partially recorded at Memphis’ legendary Royal Studios, the album often suggests Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, and (especially) Marvin Gaye in various combinations. More importantly, ChesnuTT asserts himself as a highly individual singer/songwriter as he acknowledges his past sins while expressing gratitude and faith. Tracks like “’Till I Met Thee,” “Everybody’s Brother," and “Love Is More Than a Wedding Day” are sweetly melodic excursions carried by his smoothly emotive vocals. The brooding “Don’t Follow Me” offers a cautionary tale, while the slinky “What Kind of Cool” and the urgent “Under the Spell of the Handout” take on social issues without preachiness. Punchy horns, billowing strings, and propulsive bass lines render the album’s crisp funk lines and melodic balladry with consistent excellence.

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Landing On A Hundred

Landing on a Hundred

I met Cody for the first time a few years ago when he was a guest lecture for a Hip-Hop course that I co-taught with fellow PhD student, Greg Maridosian at FSU. From this first meeting, we developed a musical/philosophical bond which let to our friendship, my addition to the group, and a humble contributor to what I believe to be a terrific album.

The creation of this album is a story of wonder, inspiration, collaboration, faith, and hard work. Often starting with Cody presenting his songs (singing and playing guitar) in its rawest format, each song evolved into a work of splendid artistic endeavor. Cody is an incredible "old-soul" singer, songwriter, lyricist, and arranger. He was able to assemble musicians in the Tallahassee, FL community with diverse backgrounds, and orchestrated a shared vision of music with: soul, sophistication and gravitas.

When listening to this album, you will find yourself edified and entertained. Each track is an informed (knowledge & wisdom) investigation of real aspects of everyday life for most people.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy classic music that speaks to the past, present, and future sojourns through life.

All the best,

Joël C. Johnson, PhDc
Music Industry/Cultural Studies/Modern Guitar

Cody ChesnuTT's Musical support:

Joël C. Johnson, PhDc -Music Dir./Guitar I/song arrangements
Alvin "Vinthoven" Giles, BA - Assist. Music Dir./keys/song arrangements
Stephen Fryson, AA - Drums
Jeffery L. Gaines - Bass
Timothy Clark - Guitar II
Zdany Chisholm - Alto Sax/horn arrangements
Michael J. Williams, JD - Trumpet/horn arrangements
Schelvin Robinson, BA - Flugelhorn
Oliver Greene, BA - Background Vocals
Soccorro E., BA - Background Vocals

NPR music preview

Been listening to this in NPR app whole album is beautiful. The arrangements and production are spot on. I've pre-ordered.

Worth the Wait!!

Thanks Cody. Has it been 10 yrs since the Masterpiece??
You made us wait, but I am digging the new record!
Do yourselves a favour…and grab this, and on CD, and even on vinyl.


Born: 1968 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

For Cody ChesnuTT, life in the music business looked promising from the start. Barely into his teens, he was performing on-stage in his Atlanta hometown, opening for acts that his dad was representing as their manager. By the time he'd hit his late twenties, ChesnuTT was leading his own group, the Crosswalk, and had inked a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Venus Loves a Melody, his first full-length album, was wrapped up and ready to go. Before that could happen, however, the label released...
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