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Winkz / Bio


Cody Van Winkle a.k.a. Winkz has been involved in music from a young age. Playing music and singing was heavily influenced by his father's side of the family. This due to the fact that every member plays an instrument, sings, or does both. Winkz started with the guitar, with his dad teaching him three basic chords, but quickly became more interested in the drums. He taught himself how to play beginning at the age of 10 and has been playing ever since. Aside from the drums he also enjoys playing the piano and composing songs as well as singing. Winkz became interested in hip hop in middle school but mainly played rock (in various bands) and country/gospel with his father. In high school, Winkz started rapping, making various songs and giving them out to people at school. The songs quickly gained a great response and he continued to produce them throughout high school. After high school he decided that he not only wanted to play music, but learn how to produce and record. He had the opportunity to study under Dean Baskerville (Sheryl Crow, Everclear, Pink Martini) and quickly learned the ins and outs of producing. Since a young age, he has had no sight in his right eye. In September of 2009, a tragic incident occurred which left him legally blind in his one good eye. Although the incident was unfortunate, he never let it defeat him and 8 months later he was on the stage performing. It has given him the time and opportunity to pour his all into music. Since then, and to this day, he has been recovering and counting his blessings for what he still has. The sky is the limit and he intends on taking this as far as possible. "Thank You to everyone for supporting me in my life as well as my music and music to come! Let me know what ya think!" All original songs are copyright 2012

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Hip Hop / Urban Alternative / R&B

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Portland, OR

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