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On the surface, Cody and Jelly Roll look like unlikely friends. But as Cody recently shared at CMA Fest, they have more in common than meets the eye.
Jelly Roll has been incredibly open about his checkered past and the fact that he served time in jail. As it turns out, Cody previously worked as a prison guard before chasing his country music career…so he understands where Jelly Roll is coming from.
Though Cody admits his own past could have taken a similar path to the “Need a Favor” singer. As he told CMT:
“You guys may not look at me and realize this, but I have a pretty jaded past as well. I’ve always said there was a time in my life where I had to make a decision, and that decision was either to chase this dream professionally with a good mindset. There’s a few mistakes that I’ve made in my life — there’s a few decisions I’ve made in my life where I could have wound up here, or I very well could have wound up in jail.”
Because of this, Cody says “respect is mutual” between him and Jelly Roll. And that’s why they’ve considered recording a duet. “Respect is mutual, and real recognizes real. So absolutely, we’ve talked about working together,” Cody said.
So far that’s all Cody has said about a future duet with Jelly Roll. He does have another collaboration in the works that’s more set in stone…as it’s expected to be released on his upcoming album, Leather. That duet will be with Carrie Underwood!
On top of collaborating with Underwood, Cody performed “Whoever’s In New England” with Reba McEntire at CMA Fest. He and McEntire previously collaborated on his song “Dear Rodeo.” Watch their official music video for that duet below.
We can’t wait to hear what a future duet between Cody and Jelly Roll will sound like!