Jody Bagley loves keyboards. A quick glance at his Instagram profile is all the proof you need that he puts his muscle where his mouth is, dragging giant vintage keyboards to gigs near and far. Find-out more about our TALENT SCOUT Artist of the Week.
NAME: Jody “Jedi" Bagley
HOMETOWN: Currently in San Diego, CA but I grew up in Maine
MUSICAL TRAINING: I started singing and touring professionally at the age of six in a performance group that took me all around the country and to different parts of the world. I began piano training at the age of eight, and I also played bass in many bands as well as the tuba. I studied music education with a concentration in classical voice and jazz piano at the University of Southern Maine before moving to San Diego in 2007.
FIRST GIGS: My first gigs were as a touring singer when I was kid. I began playing in rock bands in high school, and I worked as a piano accompanist and music director for high school and community theater musicals while I was in high school and college.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My favorite keyboardist is Billy Preston. It was his music that got me into the Organ and other vintage keyboards from the 1970s. Stevie Wonder is another favorite, along with Carole King and many more!
WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: I've really been digging on Vulfpeck lately, as well as the old classics, which are what get me through my days.
MY BIG BREAK: My most recent break would be playing live and recording with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-inducted bass player Ron Blair, of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I’ve also gotten to share the stage with Judy Collins, Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf), Greg Douglass (Steve Miller Band), Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia) and many more.
LATEST PROJECTS: I'm currently touring and recording on organ and piano with the rock l band Mrs. Henry. I also sing lead and play keys in the soul/funk band JB & The Movers, and I play keys and sing in the band Creature and the Woods. I’m a session musician in San Diego, CA and I play keys on many records for local bands.
FAVORITE KEYBOARDS AND WHY? My favorite is my Yamaha CP70 because I love the feel of it and the unique piano sound you get from it. I bring that thing everywhere! I also have a Clavinet D6, a Hammond B-2 Organ, Wurlitzer 200A, A Fender Rhodes, and lots more vintage keys. The Clavinet is one of my favorites of all time and I love the percussive sounds you can get from it.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU? I'll be in the studio recording original music with JB & The Movers, and then hitting the road for a west coast tour with Mrs. Henry
ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION: Get out there and make as much music with as many people as possible for as many people as you can. Use your music to lift people up and inspire people to do good. And say "Yes" to as many gigs as you can and practice as much as possible.