Artist Spotlight: Kodie Shane

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The young heart throb, Kodie Shane, was born on October 28, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. Raised in Chicago, she grew up in a musical family. Her father, Danny C. Williams, was one-third of the Detroit trio Rick, Ran and Dan. Her aunt is “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” singer  Cherrelle, her sister is Brandi Williams of Blaque and her mother is her manager. Her grandfather named her after cowboy Buffalo Bill Cody, whose Wild West spirit helped set her apart when she started rapping and producing at the age of 14.

At 15, one regular studio visit changed her life forever. She met Quality Control’s Coach Kwho introduced her to Lil Yachty in early 2016. A quick friendship blossomed between the two and he recruited her into his crew. After the release of her debut mixtape, ‘2060’, and her first EP ‘Little Rocket’, she appeared on the Sailing Team posse cut “All In”, which was released in the Summer of 2016 on Yachty’s ‘Summer Songs 2’.

Kodies breakout verse helped expand her audience and her online streaming presence. Her emotional single “Sad” would become her first hit. Featured on her EP ‘Zero Gravity’, the Yachty-assisted track garnered nearly two million streams and led to a deal with Epic Records. In early 2017, she issued the atmospheric mixtape ‘Big Trouble in Little Jupiter’, which incorporated R&B stylings similar to one of her biggest influences, Ashanti, and showcased her vocal abilities.

Currently, Shane resides in Atlanta, Georgia and just dropped her new compilation entitled ‘Stay Tuned’.

Amari Ferguson is a Senior Broadcast/Mass Communications major from Gary, Indiana. She will be a contributor for The Campus Chronicle for the 2018-2019 school year.

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