Singer Songwriter JODY RAFFOUL's Acoustic Album, SIMPLE LIFE will finally be made available for download on August 14 on all major digital service providers. SIMPLE LIFE, is a collection of 'one-takes' recorded in a single session, that has become a classic album for the singer having sold over 20,000 CD's at live shows just in the Detroit/Windsor area. Originally recorded in 1999, long before the sandy voiced singer drew national attention stateside by being crowned the grand prize winner of the 2006 BON JOVI "Have A Nice Gig" contest - SIMPLE LIFE showcases the singer's amazing songwriting ability.
The creative direction of the album came about accidentally when JODY was scheduled to cut some vocals for another project at Ann Arbor's Big Sky studio. Whilst waiting around for the other musicians to show up, JODY began running through his live set of original songs while sound engineer Geoff Michael readied the studio. With tape rolling, JODY began tracking song after song on his beloved 1970 Martin Acoustic Guitar. An hour or so later and the addition of one song on keyboards, the 10 track SIMPLE LIFE album was born.
Although totally unplanned, SIMPLE LIFE is a raw acoustic gem with a sound that remains timeless and true to the singer's current musical direction. Each of the 10 songs reflect the life journey this working class grassroots singer has taken and many of them have become the staples of his successful live shows including; the title track, "Simple Life," "Smile," Don't Let Go," and "Fantastic L.A." Classic guitar rifts, a melancholic twist, hooks and chorus' that everyone can sing to - JODY is a narrative singer who sings from his heart and isn't afraid of reflecting on the life he's lived, in good and bad times.
About JODY RAFFOUL:
With over 4,500 live shows under his belt, this Ontario, Canada native has been a Detroit/Windsor critic's pick for over ten years, consistently growing his fan base across the United States since winning the 2006 nationwide BON JOVI "Have A Nice Gig" contest with his song, "Light of Day", (which was also featured in a SEARS National TV Commercial). The winner of the contest was chosen by the Bon Jovi themselves. The contest win gave a push that has allowed JODY to bring his signature throaty style to markets around the country and in his native Canada.
In addition to his headlining solo shows, JODY RAFFOUL has opened for big name artists such as COLLECTIVE SOUL, KID ROCK, NICKELBACK, JOE COCKER, BLUES TRAVELER, RICHARD MARX, COUNTING CROWS, THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, UNCLE KRACKER, JOHN ENTWHISTLE, CHRIS ISAAK, PAUL RODGERS and most recently BON JOVI. Select tracks from JODY's album, LIKE A STAR, which was commercially released only in Canada, are also available for download. JODY is set to tour the West Coast in Fall '07.