While Jody Whitesides was born into an artistic family with his mother being an accomplish interior decorator and his father a commercial illustrator, it took him a number of years to realize that music was his own life’s passion. While he was raised in the bustling New York City, his family’s relocation to Park City, Utah allowed him to explore a number of hobbies, excelling in each. First it was little league baseball and racing radio control cars for which he won a number of awards, and then freestyle skiing where he quickly climbed the ranks into the nation’s top twenty athletes.
By the age of 20, however, Whitesides had found his love of lead guitar, enrolling in a semester at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston before deciding to try his luck in Hollywood at the Musician’s Institute where he studied songwriting along with stage performance.
Jody’s big break came during a nightclub gig where a talent scout saw his promise as an upcoming pop rock sensation and arranged a meeting between
Whitesides and legendary hit record producer and promoter, Maurice “The General” Starr, known for his work with New Kids on the Block, New Edition, and Spanish heart throbs Menudo featuring Ricky Martin.
With over 500 million records sold around the world and more than 750 gold and platinum awards, Starr’s endorsement and support of Whiteside’s “Practical Insanity” CD project gave him the backing he needed to establish himself as a new music sensation.
Jody’s versatility as a recording artist and performer are clearly demonstrated by his hit songs on his “Practical Insanity” album, including the groovy “Closer To Ourselves,” his unique twist on alternative rock with “Tabloid Affair,” his soulful blues-rock track, “Days of Our Lives,” and his dreamy love song, “Falling In.”
In videogames, Whitesides’s guitar work has been featured in EA’s Tiger Woods and Rugby titles, and in film, his voice and performance can be heard in “Live Like I’m Rich” from Material Girls and “Happy When I’m With You” from the movie “Lucky”.
Jody’s music can also be heard all around the world on one of the biggest international podcasts, “The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd”, a children-oriented show that adults can also enjoy which has been at the top of the charts on iTunes and is featured in Tivo’s menu screens.
He’s also teamed up with Robert Navarro, a close friend from music school, on the Butterfinger’s Buzz campaign, a loop library CD for Big Fish Audio, and on a project titled “Ubër Angst” where Whitesides got his hands dirty co-writing, co-producing, and mixing the entire project. It gained critical acclaim for Boosey & Hawkes, garnering an award at the ProMax Convention within weeks of release. Kicking off 2010, Jody created music for Universal’s Burn Library and went on to create the Dancin Deer Audio music library, a music library that aims to treat composers with dignity.