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McCarver in concert at Mount Rachel Baptist

August 1, 2014

By Tanner Blackton, The Daily Citizen, Dalton, Ga.

Aug. 01--To musician Cody McCarver, "been there, done that" could not be a more accurate phrase.

McCarver, a well-traveled, multi-talented recording artist, will perform in concert at Mount Rachel Baptist Church in Dalton during the 10 a.m. service on Sunday. He will be joined by Grant Parker, his close friend and band mate, who is a Dalton native. Everyone is invited.

As a native of Dunlap, Tenn., a town outside of Chattanooga, McCarver started playing the piano at church as a young boy, then taught himself a handful of other instruments. By the time he turned 17 his career in country music had taken off.

After a year of college, McCarver was offered an opportunity to pursue a music career in Nashville, Tenn., where he served as bass player and road manager for country artist Lynn Anderson, famous for recording the hit song "Rose Garden."

McCarver went out on the road for five or six years as a solo artist, signing with Warner Brothers Records in the late 1990s and touring as Cody McCarver and Southern Exposure.

In 1998, he became a member of Confederate Railroad, a multi-platinum record-selling country band, with whom he stayed until 2010. After leaving the band, he started pursuing a solo career once more.

Since setting out on his own, McCarver has recorded Top 25 singles, had No. 1 videos on Country Music Television and was featured on the cover of the July 2014 edition of Country Music People magazine. He is sponsored by Ferrini Boot Co. and is a celebrity spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

McCarver has also been building his resume as an actor. He has been featured in four motion pictures, two of which have been released by Lionsgate Entertainment: "Cole Younger and the Black Train," co-starring Michael Madsen, and "Billy the Kid." He has two more films being released soon, "L.A. Dirt" and an unnamed project.

Most recently, McCarver decided to return to gospel music after a family tragedy reaffirmed his faith.

While McCarver worked on advancing his music and film career, he was also searching for a solution to free his father from the Tennessee state prison system. McCarver's father spent 15 years in prison on a first-degree murder conviction until he unexpectedly died in April of 2013.

"After 15 years of visiting my father and fighting for his freedom, I never dreamed that this chapter of his story would end this way. I had prayed many times for God to help me free my Dad," McCarver states on his website. "When I received the phone call that my father had passed away, I viewed my endless prayers as going unanswered.

"When I woke up the following morning, God put his hand on my shoulder and said to me, 'I answered your prayer, what more do you want?' He had truly set my Daddy free."

McCarver put pen to paper and started writing new gospel tracks. Since then, he has released a full-length gospel album, titled "The Lord's Will," which features six original songs and four standards.

Parker, who plays drums and bass for McCarver's band, is the owner of local businesses Color Scapes Inc. and Austin Stamp Crete.

"Cody has rededicated his life to Christ and has never been more fulfilled," said Parker. "His cup runneth over. He now focuses his time and energy on giving back to the Lord and spreading the Gospel through the talents that he has blessed Cody with."

"If you have never heard his testimony, incorporated with his music, you won't want to miss this," Parker said.

"I am excited to be playing a show in my home town," he continued. "This is a big deal for the community, and I'm excited to be a part of this."


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