“I Did It for Love” by Cody Belew: A Powerful Anthem About a Justified Arrogance

Cody Belew is back on the music scene with a new single in which he makes it clear that everything he does, he does it for love. That is why ‘I Did It for Love’ is a risky song that does not pretend to be anything other than what it is, a declaration of self-esteem, security, personal empowerment, and a justified arrogance.

The singer-songwriter’s message of unapologetic self-acceptance and embracing one’s true self shines brightly in this track.

“Call me cruel / Call me lonely / Call yourself lucky / If you get to know me” are the opening lines of the song, which continue later with “keep on talking / talking ’bout me / I can’t help it If you / can’t live without me”. 

With this, Cody lays the foundation for what the song will lyrically be. His emotive vocals and heartfelt delivery bring the lyrics to life, making it easy for listeners to connect with the emotions behind the song. 

“‘I Did It for Love’ is about somebody being rude towards you because of their own insecurities and because they’re intimidated by who you are,” reveals the singer-songwriter. “I don’t ever want to apologize for who I am, and so this song is saying that it’s not my business if all of my shininess intimidates you because everything I do is coming from a place of love.”

Musically, “I Did It for Love” features a captivating blend of pop and rock elements, with a melody that’s both infectious and emotionally charged. The production quality is top-notch, creating a sound that’s both contemporary and timeless. 

The song not only shares its name with Cody’s eagerly awaited first album, scheduled for release early next year, but it also provides a sneak peek into what’s to come. Combining elements of classic country-pop with a sultry, rock ‘n’ roll edge, “I Did It for Love” was collaboratively penned with Lucie Silvas (known for her work with artists like Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and Trisha Yearwood) and produced by Dustin Ransom (recognized for his work with Richard Marx, Chely Wright, and Emily West).

Cody Belew’s music has a compelling quality that has quickly resonated with fans, evident in the success of his last two singles. Additionally, he’s currently part of the CMT Listen Up class, and his unique fashion sense has earned him recognition from WWD. 

In conclusion, Cody Belew’s latest single – ‘I Did It for Love’ – is a passionate declaration of self-esteem and personal empowerment. His emotive vocals convey the message of unapologetic self-acceptance, while the production quality features a captivating blend of pop and rock elements with an infectious melody that will stay with listeners long after the song ends. This remarkable track shows that Cody’s return to the music scene is one worth celebrating and listening to.


Photography by Emily Dorio

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