Cody McCarver is hanging up his wilder days in county music and is touring the country with a positive message of hope in a recently released full-length gospel CD entitled “The Lord’s Will.”
McCarver will be at North Hills Church of God of Prophecy at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 24, offering his ministry of song. The event is open to the public.
“The Lord’s Will” is the first single from McCarver’s brand new 2014 album release by the same name. The CD features six brand new songs written by him and four standards done in pure McCarver fashion.
Prompting McCarver to embrace gospel was the April 19, 2013 death of his father while being incarcerated in a Tennessee State Prison.
“After 15 years of visiting my father and fighting for his freedom, I never dreamed this chapter of his story would end this way,” said McCarver. “I had prayed many times for God to help me free my dad. 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 payer, what more do you want?’ He had truly set my daddy free.”
McCarver immediately put pen to paper and wrote “The Lord’s Will,” taken from Luke 22:42, “not my will however, but your will be done.”
“The Lord’s Will” is the second song inspired by McCarver’s father. “Through God’s Eyes” was written in part about his father and his incarceration in prison. The song touched many lives and led McCarver to be a national celebrity spokesperson for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of American’s Amachi program. The program is for children with inmate parents who are in need of role models.
In his embrace of gospel, McCarver is returning to his roots. At 6 days old, he was taken to church. By the age of 9, he became the church pianist. For many years, he remained the piano player and performed with multiple Southern gospel and contemporary Christian acts.
After one year of college, he was offered an opportunity to move to Nashville and pursue a career in country music. He spent two years as bass player and road manager for legendary country music artist Lynn Anderson. Immediately following those two years, he signed a recording contract and spent six years touring as Cody McCarver and Southern Exposure.
In 1998, McCarver joined the band Confederate Railroad. In 2006, he began to write his own material in hopes of a solo career. In 2007, he recorded his first solo album at the Capitol Studios. His first album, self-titled “Cody McCarver,” was released in 2008. The album garnered three No. 1 videos on CMT Pure.
The CD “The Lord’s Will” was released in the spring of 2014 and is available on Amazon and iTunes. McCarver began offering his testimony through song in churches.
According to pastor David L. Lee of Spencer Church of God of Prophecy, McCarver is changing lives with his ministry of song.
“Cody has been traveling for a while as a minister of music,” said Lee. “Cody is a talented writer, musician and uses his past and present life-changing situations in powerful testimony to not only touch but changes lives. Cody uses his abilities at my church when not on the road and is always a blessing to me and my congregation. As well as singing old hymns, Cody conveys his music through personal struggles and family events to minister the very heart of those who hear him.”
North Hills Church of God of Prophecy is located at 102 North Hills Drive in McMinnville.