JODY RAFFOUL may originally be from a small town in Southern Ontario, but his diverse career as a working class pop-rock singer/songwriter has continued to put him in the spotlight in the United States.
Already a reliable “critic’s pick” in the Detroit region, Jody performs over 200 shows a year and has opened for: Collective Soul, Kid Rock, Nickelback, Joe Cocker, Blues Traveler, Richard Marx, Counting Crows, The Allman Brothers Band, Uncle Kracker, John Entwhistle, Chris Isaak, Paul Rodgers and most recently Bon Jovi.
At home in a small club or the big stage, his signature voice and compassionate stage presence has been described as a hybrid mix of Bono and Bruce Springsteen making every performance unique which is what helped Jody to become the National WINNER of the 2006 Bon Jovi “Have a Nice Gig” Contest, hand-picked and announced personally by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. He went on to open a sold out show at Giant’s Stadium in Bon Jovi’s home state, New Jersey, alongside fellow Canadians, Nickelback.
Jody’s acoustic album Simple Life (2000) not only garnered attention from the music industry, contemporaries and some of Jody’s musical influences, but it also showcased Jody’s diversity. His sensitive, in-tune songwriting ability combined with infectious rifts took his second album, Like A Star (2004), to another level backed with a full band. Both albums have only been available at live shows and have collectively sold in excess of 25,000 copies, primarily in the Detroit/Windsor Metro area.
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