Leaving Hollywood Behind
Rod Snyder is a 26 year-old singer/songwriter from Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His debut full-length album entitled 'Leaving Hollywood Behind' was released on July 22, 2006. The pop album contains ten tracks ranging from soaring piano ballads such as 'The Warmest Place I Know' to the guitar driven rock tune 'Tear Down This Wall.' The title track 'Leaving Hollywood Behind' is an infectious mid-tempo pop song with an unforgettable melody and meaningful lyrics. While Rod is often recognized for his powerful vocals and his talent on the piano, he has also grown as a songwriter and lyricist. Rod advanced to the Hollywood Round on Season 4 of the popular television show American Idol where he competed in Los Angeles against Carrie Underwood, Bo Bice and other nationally recognized singers. The duet 'Cherish This Moment' was recorded with fellow American Idol contestant Shawna Schweitzer who Rod met in Hollywood during the filming of AI. In 2001, Rod released a six-song demo album of contemporary Christian music entitled 'I Hear Your Call.' He is also active on the worship team at theBridge Community Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. Rod is known for his political activism as much as his music. He has been recognized for his leadership at the local, state and national levels of the Democratic Party, and in 2005 he was named West Virginia's Young Democrat of the Year. In 2004, he ran for the West Virginia House of Delegates, and he currently works as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. on agricultural issues.