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The genesis of 'Ten a Penny' began in 2001 with the writing of a collection of songs after a five-year creative hiatus. Over the next two years the songs kept coming and it is this - along with a number of tracks from his extensive back-catalogue that had never been recorded - that forms the nucleus of the album. Recorded and mixed between 2003-05, then later mastered and manufactured during 2006-07, the work represents the culmination of fifteen years as a songwriter and a lifelong dream. Many of the songs are personal and based on observations and life experiences - all linked by a contemplative attitude that is spiritual in nature. The album's mixture of styles reflects the artist's eclectic influences and his refusal to be bound by genre definitions. Self-financed, mixed and produced - as well as playing nearly all the instruments - it would be fair to say that Jody has put his heart and soul into creating a work that is much more than 'ten a penny.'
released December 1, 2007
All songs written, arranged and produced by Jody Cooper. All instruments performed by Jody Cooper except drums by Robbie Cooper. Mixed by Jim Hunter at Beechwood Studio and The Arc. Mastered by Norwick Mastering. Original photography by Karen Cowie. Artwork design for re-release courtesy of Louise Markweg.
Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter with a
powerful voice – at once looking back to
great songwriters of the past, while at the
same time possessing a keen melodic sensibility
of his own. No gimmicks, no pretence, just
honest, thought-provoking songs that speak
from and to the soul....more