Jody Raffoul is a Canadian singer/songwriter in the Detroit–Windsor metro area. Raffoul won the 2006 Bon Jovi “Have a Nice Gig” competition. Raffoul has opened for artists such as Collective Soul, Kid Rock, Nickelback, Joe Cocker, Blues Traveler, Richard Marx, Counting Crows, The Allman Brothers Band, Uncle Kracker, John Entwistle, Chris Isaak, Paul Rodgers and most recently Bon Jovi.
Raffoul beat out over 17,500 bands nationwide in the 2006 Bon Jovi “Have a Nice Gig” competition. His “Light of Day” won the regional gig, chosen by Detroit’s WDVD 96.3, giving him the chance to open for Bon Jovi at the sold out Palace at Auburn Hills in November 2005. In early 2006 Jody was named the Grand Prize winner of the national contest, hand picked and announced personally by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. He went on to open a sold out show at Giants Stadium in Bon Jovi’s home state, New Jersey, alongside fellow Canadians Nickelback. As the national winner he was also featured on XM Satellite Radio’s Billy Zero Unsigned Artists show.
Raffoul has recorded a new album, Big Sky, produced by himself, mixed by Al Sutton and mastered by Greg Calbi. Big Sky was nominated for Independent Record of the Year by the Detroit Music Awards. Raffoul is also the subject of the movie Grabtime, directed by Robin Davey of The Bastard Fairies. Raffoul and his band were invited to play Canadian Music Week 2009 in Toronto and recently, Raffoul teamed with St. Clair College Centre for the Arts to distribute a compilation CD of Raffoul’s songs titled Home in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Raffoul’s music will soon be featured in the upcoming film Annabelle and Bear..