“I think this song kind of relates to me as a human maybe more than it relates to me as a musician right now,” explains San Diego-based singer/guitarist CODY LOVAAS about his new single “LIE”. “It shows the less serious side of me, the side that just wants to go out with girls and hang out with my friends.” Thankfully, this innate and primal appeal to be human has struck a nerve.
Called an “insanely catchy pop-Rock gem” by pop music tome IDOLATOR, the single “marries pop melodies with some good ol’-fashioned rock sensibility” and fuses it into a song that’s “breezy and carefree-sounding.”
Indie pop music bible PANCAKES AND WHISKEY premieres the video today and adds: “With its insanely catchy beat and lyrics that flow like the Pacific Ocean, ‘Lie’ washes over us and in turn, just makes us feel good.” Shot in and around his hometown of San Diego, the video shows Cody in his natural setting, as “a normal dude who likes to skate and hang out with girls… The soulfulness that oozes from Cody in this track is impressive and will go a long ways in the bright future that he has.”
A surfer by nature but a serious and committed artist at heart, Cody started his musical curiosity at the wee age of seven. “I was in the car with my mom,” he says, “and basically, I straight-up asked her if I could start playing the drums—at seven years old, that would’ve made for a really loud house. So she said, ‘What about a different instrument? How about the guitar? Girls like guitarists.’ Of course, I asked her to sign me up as soon as possible.”
Originally discovered by Jason Mraz at age 14, he’s grown into a budding true talent which Pancakes and Whiskey observed has “a musical prowess of someone twice his age.” Inspired by the likes of Van Morrison, The Weeknd, Ray Lamontagne, Bishop Briggs, Kaleo, and BØRNS, Cody’s music encompasses the deep introspection of a deep thinking artist with the laid-back rhythm of his other love - the surf. Cutting his musical teeth on tours supporting Ziggy Marley, Switchfoot, Donavon Frankenreiter and Mraz, he won Best New Artist at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards, and was nominated for Best Singer-Songwriter at the same awards ceremony the very next year. The San Diego Troubadour has let readers know “Lovaas has emerged as a major talent,” and AXS cites his lyricism as “upbeat, mature, and meaningful.”
It’s been said by people in the industry that Cody “has a heart of gold”—that he’s “always giving back. He is growing into a shining star.” And when it comes to giving back, Cody, according to Popdust, “is quick to understand the implications of the spotlight and what it means to change lives.” He regularly volunteers with organizations like SurfAid and Natural High, donating his time whenever he can.
With “Lie” ready to splash him into the mainstream, Cody has a bright future ahead of him. If this single is any indication, his wave should be breaking any second.
Cody will be hitting the road for a number of California dates in March. Be sure to look out for him in a city near you soon!
March 13- Rolling Hills Preparatory School (San Pedro, CA)
March 14- Poway High School (San Diego, CA)
March 15- Muirlands Middle School (La Jolla, CA)
March 20- Caroldale Learning Community (Carson, CA)
March 21- Ventura Pacific High School (Ventura, CA)
March 22- Balboa Middle School (Ventura, CA)
March 23- Abraham Lincoln High School (San Francisco, CA)