Kodi James is a new Los Angeles based queer pop artist. His music takes inspiration from classic icons of the 70's & 80's with a modern and timeless flare. His debut single “Elizabeth Taylor” is making waves in the music scene because of the authenticity and originality that bleeds through the speakers. In every facet of his project, James prioritizes diversity and representation. Music has always been at the center of Kodi's life. He began singing in his father's church at age 5 and went to college on a near full-ride scholarship for Musical Theatre. Once at university, Kodi quickly realized his passion for pop music and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his project in which he aspires to breakthrough the industry and create music that caters to the queers, queens and everyone in between.
“Elizabeth Taylor” builds up well and leads with a fine melodic development towards what is a quickly recognisable and effective hook. Kodi James’ gives a slightly retro-pop-like aura, which works well to take the song away from simple pop and over into more alternative territory. Though the instrumentation is decidedly retro, the vocal helps drive the song through to it’s refreshingly contemporary fullness. In terms of the chord progressions and the riffs, the way the track builds up, everything has been well produced so as to reinforce the underlying passion and turmoil at the song’s core. “Elizabeth Taylor” is a notably catchy tune, one that intrigues well and begs for you to listen at least once or twice more after that initial introduction. The strong melody draws you over and the story-line holds you captive once you’re there.
Listen to “Elizabeth Taylor” here and read more with Kodi James below!