Cody Alan is in the process of writing a memoir on the art of listening for Harper Horizon. The host and executive producer of “CMT After MidNite” and “CMT Radio Live” will include stories of his career in country radio, his upbringing, and navigating the music industry while struggling with his own identity. The memoir will be available Oct. 19, 2021.
“It might seem strange for a guy who talks for a living to write a book about shutting up and listening,” Alan said in a statement. “But I’ve discovered that in a world of noise, with so many voices talking, we could learn a lot by stopping to listen. Not just listening to others, but also to ourselves. I thought it would be fun to share stories from my personal journey, country music adventures and experienced insights on what I’ve learned about life, career and love from listening.”
Alan credits some of these interviews with helping him find his own identity and authenticity. The radio host and activist came out in 2017 and recently told Inside Radio he was embraced by the country community following his announcement.
“I didn’t set out to be an activist but certainly feel drawn to GLAAD and other LGBTQ+ causes that help familiarize others with those of us from that community,” Alan says. “It may come as a shock to some, but the country music fans have really embraced my coming out and the raw authenticity of being real.”
Harper Horizon is a Nashville-based imprint within HarperCollins Focus that emphasizes non-fiction titles about inspirational subjects, self-help and memoirs.