Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like. This Atlanta native has always stood his own creative ground ever since he first holed himself up in his bedroom to record The Headphone Masterpiece, armed with his DIY musical arsenal: a drum machine, an array of instruments, a dusty four-track cassette recorder and a giant pair of headphones to block out the world. Industry tastemakers like The Roots drummer and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon bandleader, Questlove, took to the record immediately. A song from The Headphone Masterpiece was re-tooled as “The Seed 2.0” for The Roots’ seminal album Phrenology, exposing Cody’s music to a wider mainstream audience. The song was nominated for two Moonman Statuettes at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, and Cody’s own album was nominated for the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize that same year.