Cody began learning guitar over ten years ago, coming to quickly appreciate and emulate the styles of those who were influential to him such as John Mayer, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, and others. For Cody, playing and studying guitar is concerned with entering a conversation that has been taking place for generations. Cody studied first under Robert Gibbs of Sumter, SC where Cody attended high school. In order to prepare for a music degree, Cody began taking lessons on classical guitar with Alma Sehic and Brett Floyd of Columbia, SC. Cody also began taking 7-string jazz guitar lessons from Jerry Sims in Columbia, SC. Jerry Sims is a local music store owner in Columbia and graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Cody also attended a summer program. Cody began pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at the University of South Carolina in 2011. Cody’s time at USC was spent studying music theory and guitar performance in both classical and jazz guitar under the distinguished professors, Bert Ligon of UNT and Christopher Berg. In addition to having much experience in classical guitar performance as part of his education at USC, Cody maintained a profitable and much sought after solo guitar career in jazz guitar. Cody played at many venues as a solo artist in the Sumter and Columbia areas of South Carolina. Inboth high school and college Cody also performed and served in many churches as both a lead and rhythm guitarist. In addition, Cody performed for over four years in special orchestral environments on guitar in events such as the singing Christmas tree. Cody joins us today in Texas as he pursues a master’s degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Chelsea, have been married since they graduated from college in 2015. Cody and Chelsea enjoy reading, studying, teaching, serving, and like to do as much hiking with their dog as possible.