John Wood is used to being around an ocean.
The Linwood resident grew up near the beach, but he attends Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, while pursuing his career in country music.
And there are no oceans near Nashville.
Wood will release his new single on November 4, titled “Ocean in Nashville,” a song about things that don’t exist. He had released the single “Here She Comes” that summer, and the song was a hit.
“That’s the analogy I used,” said Wood, a 2022 Mainland Regional High School graduate and former pitcher for the Mainland baseball team. “It was also my way of saying that I really miss the beach.”
John Wood is an excellent pitcher and musician.
Wood signed a recording contract in January with Lamon Records in Nashville. He originally recorded “Ocean in Nashville” in February and wrote the song last November during his first visit to Nashville.
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Wood, along with his producer Jim Allison, released “Here She Comes” in March. He wanted to release “Ocean in Nashville” now because he currently lives there and “feels the best”.
“I’m really excited for this one,” Wood said. “I’ve been really waiting for this one for a while. I’m really excited to share it with everyone. … I thought it was a fitting release.
Wood was in a hotel room across from the Belmont campus with his mother, Kim MacKinnon, when he looked out the window.
Then Wood turned to his mother and said, “There’s no ocean here, it’s so weird.”
“Yeah, it doesn’t exist,” her mother replied.
In the hotel room, Wood used an app on his phone to write the song and played along with chords. One of his favorite lyrics from the song is, “You were a diamond, on a sales rack.”
“I really like those lyrics because it’s the first one and it sets the tone early on for things that don’t exist,” Wood said.
“Here She Comes” was ranked 24th on the Hot 50 Country Music Songs of the All Music Charts in July, which includes famous country artists such as Morgan Wallen, Kenny Chesney, Lady A, Thomas Rhett, Zac Brown Band, Brett Young and Miranda Lambert. . American Boulevard, a chart-topping internet radio station, also ranked its single 29th in the top 50 country songs in July.
But he said fans might prefer “Ocean in Nashville.” He said it was “full of life” and “the melody is really great”.
“This song has more motivation,” Wood said. “It’s really energetic. … I like the concept. It’s much more me. I like to rock a little. The fact that this song leans a bit towards country rock makes it really fun for me to perform on stage.
Wood posts all of his content and updates on social media, including his Instagram and TikTok, both @johnwoodmusic. He will release the full song when it is released, and the single will be released on various platforms.
“There will be a lot more music coming in 2023,” Wood said.
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