10 Questions with Joey Odoms

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We are very excited about this next 10 Questions interview! Not only is this artist extremely talented and has served in our military, he is the OFFICIAL National Anthem singer for the Baltimore Ravens. Here is 10 Questions with Joey Odoms…

1. Tell us about your musical background, how you got into songwriting, and any current projects you have now.

My musical background began in theater. As a homeless teen I wandered into a community based theater in Baltimore called Arena Players. It was during my time there surrounded by so many talented people that I realized I could actually sing. I started writing music not long after my father lost his battle with cancer. The roller coaster of emotions from the joy of having this new artistic family; who knew little about my personal life versus watching my father die after rehearsal in a hospice, directly behind the theater ironically was tough. So I started writing. I recently wrote a self proclaimed anthem for the city of Baltimore produced by Stephen Antonelli and Nate Lanzino entitled  "Like A Raven". After the riots I felt so helpless. So many opinions from people who didn’t have a clue of what it meant to be from Baltimore. So I literally flew into Baltimore to start working on it. 

2. What influences you as a songwriter?

Listening to compositions from musical theater for so many years has an enormous influence on how I hear melodies, if or when to change tempo, choosing the best words based on their cadence and vowels. I could go on. 

3. What do you think about the current state of the music industry? Do you think it’s more difficult to build a career in music today than say 20 years ago?

That depends on what goals you have. If mainstream stardom through a record company is what you seek, I think it’s extremely hard to somehow be unique but at the same time be safe enough that people feel comfortable investing in you financially. As a minority songwriter trying to walk that path it gets even harder if you’re not willing to fit into the “Urban Box”. But if you’re ok with not being a super star, it’s much easier to go indie and build your own fan base. Make money doing what you love and share your gift with as many as willing to listen. I could ride that wave for a very long time. 

4. Who are some of your favorite songwriters right now?

Amos Lee, John Legend, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Darius Rucker, Eze Jackson… And I won’t even get into the greats who I’m sure inspired them. 

5. If you haven’t already, are you open to working with another songwriter or a team of songwriters?

I would love to have that experience. I often find myself wondering what my songs would become with the influence of other professionals. 

6. How important are outside opinions of your working songs?

Opinions are very important for me. I need feedback to know if I’m a productive member of the artistic community or not.

7. Do you think it would be beneficial to have an unbiased team of songwriters in the studio with you while you record music?

I think it’s the ideal situation. If everyone is on the same page as far as a vision for the project it can be a recipe for magic!

8. What’s the most unique location you’ve ever written a song?

Well I wrote an entire album while in a war zone. But if we’re talking specifics, the flight line of Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

9. Tell us how your relationship with the Ravens started and what that means to you.

My relationship with the Ravens started a half a world away in Afghanistan after a chance meeting with Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. I simply asked him if he knew who I should contact to possibly get a chance to sing for a single game once my unit got home. That split second decision to ask him a simple question changed my life in so many wonderful ways. 

10. What’s next for Joey Odoms?

I plan to produce a long overdue album for the many loyal supporters I’ve gained over the years and my new fans due to my success with the Ravens. I’m really excited about it!

Thanks again Joey for the interview. If his story doesn’t inspire you, then we don’t know what will! Make sure you also check him out at https://www.facebook.com/Joeyodomsacoustic.

Stephen Antonelli

SongBuilder Studios, 709 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD, 21228, United States