Due to complications from this condition, he developed cancer of the larynx and had laser surgery, which forever took away his singing voice.
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He also suffers from a severe degenerative autoimmune disease that has robbed him of his mobility and is now in a manual wheel chair; however, a motorized chair is currently being built for him.
For obvious reasons, John can no longer work, and lives on an incredibly modest disability. Even with a few solvent years as a composer in the music industry after his cancer diagnosis, he was unable to keep up with the bills and returned to Canada after having lived and worked in Los Angeles for over two decades. While many medical expenses are alleviated in Canada, many are not. For example, he simply can’t afford to rent a motorized chair while he waits for his own to arrive. Subsequently, without the help of friends, he is basically a shut in.
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John Cody’s many musical contributions and accomplishments include co-writing and touring with Tom Cochrane, as well as arranging and providing background vocals on the diamond-selling Mad Mad World album. Following that, John accepted a publishing deal in Los Angeles, where he lived for over 20 years. While there, John co-wrote the song “The Fundamental Things” for Bonnie Raitt’s platinum-selling album, Fundamental. He also wrote and recorded with Keith Urban, Lynn Miles, Sharon Stone, Christopher Ward, Larry Klein, Holly Cole, and many others. As the musical director for the infamous Hollywood hotspot Le Deux Café, John performed with countless legends like Joni Mitchell and Grace Jones and earned a reputation in L.A’s music scene as a musician’s musician. In addition to the gold, platinum, and diamond-certified albums John has written for and performed on, he also released four solo albums of his own, including 2017’s Hard Won: The Final Recordings, which was finished just before the partial-removal of his larynx that cost him his singing voice.
Though by necessity he lives a very modest lifestyle, with just a bit of financial help, John can live through the next few years without the burden of poverty added to his deteriorating health conditions. Over the last 30 years, John’s impressive career and repertoire has brought joy to countless music fans, even if they didn’t know his name, as well as the fellow musicians who love and respect him. It is a shame to see someone in our industry of John’s importance being forced into such a difficult situation through no fault of his own.
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