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Overcoming Challenges

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Codi Jean Wallace, a Singer, Music Writer, Artist, and Influencer Who Beat the Odds

Codi Jean Wallace is an emerging hip-hop, Christian, and country recording artist based in Oklahoma and Arkansas. Her songs include Think Of Me and Scarred.

She considers herself an underdog rising. This small-town country girl doesn’t mind the city lights. She hails from Manila, Arkansas, where she spent half her life, and has lived in Bowie, Texas, despite a few detours.

“I have two beautiful babies that push me to do better and be better. ‘Beyond settling’ is a term I use because, well, my gypsy soul keeps me on my toes, always wanting better and pushing for better despite the odds. Breaking cycles and breaking many chains, overcoming bullying, drug addiction, domestic violence, and a hard battle of codependency to name a few issues. I’ve refused to give up. If I don’t believe in myself, no one else will. People ask me why I do what I do. I do it to tell a story to help inspire underdogs everywhere, because there were times when I needed someone or just a kind word, and no one was there.


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What sets you apart from others in your field, what do you love about what you do, and how did you get to where you are today?

First of all, I’m a single mommy to two amazing girls who are more talented in their left toe than I am! But my passion sets me apart. I wrote my first song at about 10 and my brother and daddy made fun of me for it. Despite how I felt, I know they love me and I wouldn’t take my childhood back because it made me a fighter, a survivor, a champion. No training could ever do what life did for me and my babies, and my brother Levi. We are survivors! I always said that by 30 I’d be married and settled down. Well, I can honestly say that I married myself this year and found the love I never had in myself, which was necessary to ever be able to give it to a man.

Glory to God for all the blessings. Without him, I am nothing. He brought me out of a hole that I couldn’t have ever escaped on my own. I was far from Miss Popular or the homecoming queen. I had to work at 15. Thank you, Dairy Queen! Like Parker Mccullom sang, it’s been a hell of a year, and who I was ain’t who I was gonna be. Miranda Lambert’s wondering if she’s settling up or settling down, but I think she was talking about me. I need to break a few family traditions. They got us nowhere but hurt and pain over many years and now it’s time for peace and happiness.


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What are some of the projects that you are currently working on?

Trying to make more money and do music, modeling, film, and writing full-time.

What’s your dream, your ultimate goal? Do you feel like you’re on the path to this goal, or do you feel as if you already achieved that dream?

My goal is to show myself, my babies, and anyone who doubted me that I am a CJ. I’m Codi Jean and I’m changing the scenery! No matter how old you are, shoot for the stars. I’ve met a lot of talented people but had to keep on truckin’ because I am not going to fall back to drugs and ill behaviors. Loyalty Out-Values Everything is “love” spelled out. I want to trust. I want to be trusted and I want people behind me through thick and thin, and I will be behind them.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

Say no to drugs, kids!

What have you created that you are most proud of?

My babies and my music that tells a story. Watch out, there’s a lot more I’m cooking up!

What is your message for our Heart Of Hollywood Magazine readers?

No matter where you came from or what color you are, if there’s something you want to do, do it. Don’t worry about what people label you, or someone’s label. It’ll be hard. Go harder. Throw on some Steve Harvey motivation, pick up your own ass like my mom has said, and keep going. Also ask yourself, are you happy with the reflection you see when you look in the mirror at the end of every day? I live by the Lord’s Prayer, and though I fall, I keep going.

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