FORT MYERS, Fla. — Cody Weaver is a country music artist with a little blues and rock mixed in. Born and raised in Lee County, Weaver says he fell in love with music at a young age.
“When I was about 8-years-old there was a paper view special on T.V about Stevie Ray Vaughn,” Weaver said. “I just remember sitting there watching him play this guitar in a way that I’ve never heard before.”
After that, he took his savings, bought an $80 guitar, and started taking lessons. Weaver dabbled in music at an amateur level for a couple of years and eventually ended up going through EMT school.
In 2016 he received his fire certificate and was hired as a firefighter. That was a long time goal for him, but he experienced something that would change his life forever shortly after.
“I had an accident happen right in front of me when I was off duty, and I got out to try and help this young couple,” Weaver said. “This young girl died in my arms basically as I was trying to keep her airway open.”
Weaver says that was his first experience with death as a first responder. He resigned a couple of weeks later. Feeling lost and unsure of what he would do for a career, he turned to music again.
“I wrote a song called ‘Heavy Load’ that’s basically about the mental struggles,” Weaver said. “Someone is going through something they have seen or PTSD.”
He released that song in 2018. All proceeds from the song go to the Code Green Campaign. The campaign supports first responders with mental illness.
Weaver continues to follow his music dreams and been able to do a couple of songs in Nashville. He formed a professional band that includes his lovely wife and has performed at big shows and concerts.
“It’s been a dream of mine for 20 plus years,” Weaver said. “It’s really neat to see it coming to life.”
All of Cody Weaver’s music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Or you can head over to his website CodyWeaverOfficial.com.