Cody Blackbird, Native American Flutist, is of Eastern Band Cherokee, and Roma descent. Cody is the son of Thomas Blackbird, an accomplished American Indian Cowboy poet who traveled the country through the 80’s and 90’s. Cody often accompanied his father, laying the foundation for his love of music and the road. As a very hyper child, soothing sounds of traditional flute and ceremonial music helped calm Cody and allowed him to sleep at night. He fell in love with the sounds and eventually asked his father for a flute. The rest is history as Cody has been playing the flute since the age of 9. Starting as a traditional flutist and singer, Cody recorded the album Raven Speaks in late 2009. An album of traditional Native American flute compositions with traditional singing, it garnered Cody a nomination at the 2010 Native American Music Awards for “Best Debut Artist.”
In 2010 Cody released his album “The Journey” which included both Native Flute compositions and original and well known round dance songs. This album made Cody the youngest in the history of NAMA to be awarded the prestigious “Flutist of the Year” award at the 2011 Native American Music Awards.
Cody collaborated with emerging hip-hop artist and producer Frank Walk to co-write the song “Hear my Cry” a collaboration of Hip-hop traditional singing and flute that had never been done. The song called attention to the fight for independence and Native American rights, won a NAMMY for “Song of the Year,” and became the most played song on native radio in 2012. Later, Walk mixed and produced Cody’s next traditional flute album titled “Wicohan,” (life customs) an album dedicated to cultural preservation through language and music.
Wanting to explore different terrain, Cody collaborated in 2014 with Lakota Producer Terrance to create the album Euphoria, an exploration of merging Native American flute with celestial synth key and drums to create an album that lives up to its name. Euphoria placed number 17 on the iTunes and Billboard New Age charts and was featured in Top 40. Euphoria was nominated at the 2016 NAMMY Awards. The Cody Blackbird band recently won Group of the Year at the 2019 NAMMY Awards.
As a traditional Flutist and singer Cody Blackbird has been recognized as one of the top Native American Flutist’s touring today, reaching over 120 communities annually. Among the many places Cody has performed are:Yamaha World Headquarters “Ginza Studio” Tokyo, Japan, Wall Street Closing Bell performance for Native One Trading Company, University of Illinois, West Virginia University, University of Alaska, UCLA, Washington DC HIS, Native American Heritage month kickoff , Aboriginal Cultural Center Melbourne Australia, University of Arizona, Alcatraz Island, Old Town School of Folk Chicago IL, US Dept. of Justice Conference on Native American Rights (4 times), IHS National and regional conferences.