In 2003, Jody Aaron's songwriting won him first place in CNN's International Talent Search. Jody competed against hundreds of other entrants from around the world and was judged by recording artist Willa Ford, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Director Jeri Flynt, and Actor Emmanuel Lewis (Webster!!!). In 2004, he was brought in as the top-secret opening act as “The Jody Friedman Experience”. This led to being invited to CNN's Aaron Brown Newsnight to perform "The Prompter Song" in front of a national television audience.
Jody Aaron Friedman hails from the coastal town of Clearwater, Florida. Raised along The Gulf of Mexico, with lush palm trees, and white sand beaches -- Jody's natural surroundings helped shape his relaxed, and honest sound. Growing up only an hour from DisneyWorld and Universal, Jody’s imagination has been stretched with no limitations.
His father, from rock n’ roll capital, Cleveland, Ohio; raised him on the music of legendary singer-songwriters like Harry Chapin, Simon and Garfunkel, and CSNY. Jody would soon find musicians of his time that emulated their folk-roots sound; musicians like Dave Matthews Band, Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, and Sarah Mclachlan would become icons in Jody’s world. Somewhere between the cartoons, the theme parks, the beaches, education, and the music, Jody found time to put his imagination to good use – through the power of song.
In 2004, Jody's single, "All I Wanted" from his indie release "est. 1980" was nominated as "Track of the Day" on Garageband.com The song was given this honor after receiving outstanding reviews from other indie artists. 2004 brought more success for Jody when his song, “World Is Fallin’” was chosen as a finalist by VH-1’s Song Of The Year International Song Competition.
2005 kicked off with Jody's CD release, "est. 1980" – recorded with Producer, Matthew Chiaravalle in his East Village apartment (Josh Joplin Group, Jeffrey Gaines). The CD is available on CDBaby, ITunes, Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and all over the internet. In fact, Jody’s internet presence reaches far and wide. His web site averages about 15 hits per day, and new fans around the world are signing up for his mailing list daily. Try googling “Jody Aaron” and you will be amazed at all the results. "est. 1980" is currently receiving airplay on U.S. college radio, and in Europe, Africa, Italy, The Middle East, Latin America, Russia, Japan, and Australia.
In July, 2005, Jody successfully licensed his music for thematic use on CNN’s Nancy Grace Legal Show. In November, 2005, Jody was chosen to be the featured artist in Alternative Addiction Magazine. In December, 2005, Jody was chosen to be featured on Los Angeles Indie Artist of the Month’s December Compilation CD.
2005 came to a finish with the release of Jody’s single, “All I Wanted” which is currently hitting college radio stations throughout the U.S., while 2006 started with the accompanied music video directed by Esteban Escobar.
In 2006, Jody has expanded into new territory, and has been commissioned to write the orchestral score for an independent film entitled, “BloodShot”. Shooting begins in Long Beach, CA in August 2006.
Jody has been seen playing major venues around the U.S. – The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Knitting Factory in NY, Arlene’s Grocery, Kenny’s Castaways, The Baggot Inn, The Sidewalk Café in New York City, The Watershed in Asheville, North Carolina, and in Century City, Los Angeles to name a few. He was invited to play the 35th Annual New Jersey Folk Festival in 2006. He has shared the stage with New York artists such as Granian, Joanie Leeds, Josie Crosby, and Atlanta Rock Band, Y-O-U.
Jody has lived and gigged around NYC for the past two years, playing 20+ live shows a year, and is now making the move to Southern California to explore new opportunity out west.