Krissy Feniak~ Q&A!!!

Hello Krissy, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician and what made you want to have a career in country music? When I was 7 years old I started training in classical music, I even took theory and piano! Classical music gave me such a strong foundation and a really solid understanding of how music works, but I really wanted to sing the songs I loved like “House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert, and “Black Horse in a Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. So my mom put me into a singing competition and I got to go onstage and sing my favourite songs! I didn’t even come close to winning but I had so much fun and I absolutely fell in love with performing Country music! Songwriting didn’t come as easily to me, I was so nervous to put myself out there and really get vulnerable. Once I got into it I absolutely loved it, and it’s probably one of my favourite things about being an artist! 
Who are some of your musical icons? I love listening to Dolly Parton, Kacy Musgraves, Maren Morris, and Lucie Silvas! I love that they are not only incredibly talented songwriters but trailblazers in the industry! These ladies do their own thing and it has inspired me to focus less on what other people are doing and make music that makes me happy. I think it’s important to feel authentic to an audience, I wouldn’t be the artist I am today if I didn’t love the songs I’m singing.

What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Bad Day?”“BAD DAY” is (of course) about a boy! I found myself feeling just a little petty, nothing crazy like I didn’t want to pull a Carrie Underwood on his car or anything, but to see him stub a toe or spill coffee on a white shirt would have made my day! So I brought this idea to my co-writers Mike Nash and Mat Cardinal and we had so much fun with it the song basically wrote itself. 

How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?If I had to describe my music in 3-5 words I would probably say… sassy, honest, fun ,and vibey. 
What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?I love the recording process! I have so much fun taking a song from an Iphone worktape to a final product. My producer Matty Mckay is incredible, he helps me to listen through my songs and choose the one we think is the strongest. The next step is what we call “beating up the lyrics” we run the song over and over to make sure everything makes sense and the song is the best it can be. The best part is hearing Matty’s production ideas. Matty comes up with the coolest things that make the song so much more special, I don’t know what I’d do without him! 

What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? I love performing so much that I will play anywhere for anyone, but I have a special place in my heart for writers rounds. Especially the Bluejay Sessions, and the Bluebird Cafe, the audience is so quiet and everyone is listening to your songs that come from such a vulnerable place in your soul. Songwriters rounds are so special to me! 

What do you like to do in your free time when not working on your music? Well I try not to have too much free time, but when I do, I love to spend time with my family and friends.  I love camping, hiking and Kayaking in the summer.  I am so lucky to live in Alberta close to the Rocky Mountains so I try to go there as often as I can. 

What is one of your favorite quotes?
My all time favourite quote is “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

Hello Krissy, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician and what made you want to have a career in country music?When I was 7 years old I started training in classical music, I even took theory and piano! Classical music gave me such a strong foundation and a really solid understanding of how music works, but I really wanted to sing the songs I loved like “House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert, and “Black Horse in a Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall. So my mom put me into a singing competition and I got to go onstage and sing my favourite songs! I didn’t even come close to winning but I had so much fun and I absolutely fell in love with performing Country music! Songwriting didn’t come as easily to me, I was so nervous to put myself out there and really get vulnerable. Once I got into it I absolutely loved it, and it’s probably one of my favourite things about being an artist! 
 Who are some of your musical icons? I love listening to Dolly Parton, Kacy Musgraves, Maren Morris, and Lucie Silvas! I love that they are not only incredibly talented songwriters but trailblazers in the industry! These ladies do their own thing and it has inspired me to focus less on what other people are doing and make music that makes me happy. I think it’s important to feel authentic to an audience, I wouldn’t be the artist I am today if I didn’t love the songs I’m singing.

What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Bad Day?”“BAD DAY” is (of course) about a boy! I found myself feeling just a little petty, nothing crazy like I didn’t want to pull a Carrie Underwood on his car or anything, but to see him stub a toe or spill coffee on a white shirt would have made my day! So I brought this idea to my co-writers Mike Nash and Mat Cardinal and we had so much fun with it the song basically wrote itself. 

How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?If I had to describe my music in 3-5 words I would probably say… sassy, honest, fun ,and vibey. 
What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?I love the recording process! I have so much fun taking a song from an Iphone worktape to a final product. My producer Matty Mckay is incredible, he helps me to listen through my songs and choose the one we think is the strongest. The next step is what we call “beating up the lyrics” we run the song over and over to make sure everything makes sense and the song is the best it can be. The best part is hearing Matty’s production ideas. Matty comes up with the coolest things that make the song so much more special, I don’t know what I’d do without him! 

What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? I love performing so much that I will play anywhere for anyone, but I have a special place in my heart for writers rounds. Especially the Bluejay Sessions, and the Bluebird Cafe, the audience is so quiet and everyone is listening to your songs that come from such a vulnerable place in your soul. Songwriters rounds are so special to me! 

What do you like to do in your free time when not working on your music? Well I try not to have too much free time, but when I do, I love to spend time with my family and friends.  I love camping, hiking and Kayaking in the summer.  I am so lucky to live in Alberta close to the Rocky Mountains so I try to go there as often as I can. 

What is one of your favorite quotes?
My all time favourite quote is “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

Mae Estes~ Q&A!!!

Q&A:
1. Hello Mae, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Hi! I’m an independent country artist, originally from southwest Arkansas. I’ve lived in Nashville TN for almost six years now, pursuing a career in singing/songwriting. I’ve spent most of my time here waiting tables/working retail/a million other side jobs, but I recently signed my first publishing deal in Nov. of 2020 so that’s an exciting dream of mine that’s recently come true! 
2. What made you want a career in country music? I started singing when I was 7 years old. I grew up rodeoing and decided one day that I could sing the national anthem better than the Leeann Rimes version they played before each rodeo, so my Mom who was in charge of the books for the event, gave me a microphone and the rest is history. 
3. Who are some of your musical icons? My biggest influences are Keith Whitley and Lee Ann Womack. Keith died before I was even born, but I’ve never felt more at home than when I listen to his recordings. I’ve learned a lot about conveying emotion by listening to how he interpreted songs. Lee Ann definitely taught me to sing. We share a lot of similar influences and I don’t think the woman has ever recorded a song I wasn’t obsessed with. I also love the career she’s built as an artist. I think she’s respected throughout the industry and is just an all-around legend. 
4. What is the background story behind your new single “Hell You Raised?” I’ve always been a bit of a dare-devil (riding bucking bulls, breaking my eye socket, etc.) and one day while we were talking about all of the trouble I’ve caused, my Mama said “I guess I’ll take the credit or I’ll take the blame when it comes to your raising.” I paired that with another idea I had written down a long time ago and we got the hook to that song. It includes snips of southern advice that I think so many people can relate to and overall stands as an anthem dedicated to my Mama, thanking her for being the incredible influence she’s been and raising me to be so fearless, but also giving a sassy-jab by saying I’m only this way because she was too. 
5. What is your recording process when creating and making new music? My recording process has honestly looked different for every song! I’m financially hindered when recording so most of my recording happens months or even years before the release. I’ve even taken a few “demos” and turned them release-ready, which is an unconventional but more cost-friendly method. My number one constant when recording has been surrounding myself with people I respect and who respect me back. I’ve been very lucky to work with some of Nashville’s best and also call most of them my friends outside of the recording process. I look forward to hopefully releasing a full project of songs very soon! 
6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Real, Honest, Country 
7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Though not a specific venue per say, my favorite places to play so far in my career have been U.S. Air Force Bases overseas with Armed Forces Entertainment. We performed in Guam, Diego Garcia, and Singapore, and it was the most incredible experience of my life. During the pandemic, I spent most of my time playing close to home in Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe will always hold a special place in my heart and was at the top of my Bucket List when moving to town. I’ve been lucky enough to not only book my own rounds there, but also play their Sunday Spotlight show, which is an hour of just me. I look forward to expanding across the U.S. soon, as I try to book my first independent tour.  
9. What is one of your favorite quotes? Dreams don’t work unless you do. 
10. Is there anything else you would like to share? I go LIVE from my Facebook and Tik Tok every Monday at 7:00CST for an event I call Maeday Monday! I invite anyone who wants to hear unreleased music, requests, or ask me any questions to come hang out there. 

Kacy Moon~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Kacy, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?Hi!! My life before singing and songwriting was all about martial arts. I was actually homeschooled my whole life so I could travel and compete. 
  2. Who are some of your musical icons?Shania Twain was definitely my #1 growing up! I love Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Patrick Droney, Christina Aguilera, Kevin Garrett… I could go on and on!
  3. What is the background story behind your newest single “I Don’t Miss You?”It’s about a guy who would only text me to hangout late at night – he never made plans in advance or wanted to take me on a date. I know most girls have been there! I fell for it for awhile but when I moved on I realized what a player he was.
  4. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?As a songwriter I always like to come into the room with a concept or lyric ideas. Melody is super important of course but storytelling is really what I love the most. After a writing session i’ll sing the song into the voice memos app on my phone and send it to my producer who will start building the track! It varies from song to song – sometimes I’ll record my vocals after the track is almost finished, or sometimes I’ll record my vocals and there’s only drums and piano (which is literally what happened a couple of days ago.) and the rest of the track gets finished after. It’s always a super fun process! When you’re working with other creative minds you never know what’s gonna happen.
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?Honest, flirty, fresh, relatable
  6. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?Before the world shut down I was actually lucky enough to play at the W Hotel in Hollywood and that was absolutely amazing! Some iconic artists have played there. My next goal is to play Whiskey Jam at Winner’s in Nashville!
  7. What made you want a career in country music?I was always drawn to music and performing. I can’t pinpoint it to a specific moment because from my earliest memory I was running around singing. It was just always in me! I grew up in the south, and country music reminds me where I came from. I also love the storytelling aspect of it. I think Shania Twain really combined a cool pop/rock element with country and kind of paved the way for artists like myself. I love country, but I like to put my own twist on it and incorporate other genres I love like pop, r&b and hip hop. 
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes?“To be a master is to forever be a student”
  9. Is there anything else you would like to share?First off thank you so much for this interview! It was so fun. I have a new single coming out very soon, and an exciting announcement following that release. If you want to keep up with me, I’m @kacymoonmusic on all socials!

Cheyenne Parmley~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Cheyenne, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?I am from a super small town in Kentucky called Science Hill. I had a typical small town country childhood where we rode our bikes all over town and came home home before the street lights came on. I met my husband when I was 19 and we started a family and got married soon after. I have two little boys and I had stayed home for 5 years with them as a stay at home mom. I have always sang and performed but took a break while raising my boys. I went 5 years without singing a note and it was a pretty low point for me in my life. My brothers surprised me one day with all new recording equipment, and I just didn’t stop from there. Music had always been in the forefront of my life growing up doing musicals, choir, shows, etc. So losing it was really hard on me mentally. Its my escape. Bringing ,music back into my life and finally perusing a musical career has made me a better mother and just an all around better version of myself. 
  2. Who are a few of your musical icons?I Have so many musicians that I look up to. I would say my top 3 would be Stevie Nicks, Miranda Lambert,and Maren Morris
  3. What is the background story behind your brand-new single “?”I was selected to be in a breakout artist program at Off The Row Studio in Franklin, Tennessee. I had the opportunity to work with some big names and very talented people for my first single. The writers of this song are Stephony Smith and Melba Montgomery. I have been a Stephony Smith fan for years. Stephony has written some iconic number one hits such as “Big Star” and “It’s Your Love.” Melba is most known for her hit duet with George Jones. This song was pitched to me by the studio and I instantly fell in love with it. 
  4. What is your recording process like when creating new music?I Went to Off The Row fro the weekend and I tracked with the band on a Saturday, which was such a cool experience. The band that I was fortunate enough to work with has also played for some of the top names in country music. Grammy winner Mark Prentice, who played bass and keyboard on my song, has worked with Johnny Cash, Lady A, and many more.
  5. The drummer, Matt Bubel is the former drummer for Kip Moore. The guitarist is Danny Parks who has worked with Blake Shelton and Brooks and Dunn.The second day I laid down vocals with the producer. My Producer is P.T. Houston, who was the engineer on one of my favorite songs, “If Your Going Through Hell” by Rodney Adkins. He has produced many more songs and was a dream to work with. 
  6. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?I would say Its Modern Country Outlaw Music 
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?I love doing local shows and seeing people I know there to support me. There are all kinds of local places in Kentucky where I live by Lake Cumberland but Nashville is hard to beat. I haven’t performed at Blue Bird Cafe but it is one of my dream locations, along with the Listening Room.
  8. What do you like to do in your free time, when not working on music?When I’m not working on music I love spending time with my kids and husband. My favorite place to be is definitely the ball park. 
  9. What is one of your favorite quotes?“Your life begins where your comfort zone ends”
  10. Is there anything else you would like to share?Being a small town girl and working with people who have accomplished so much has been the most amazing experience for me. I have been singing country music for as long as I can remember. For years, I have recorded my own songs in my bedroom and now I want to share it with the world. Most importantly I want to show other moms that you can follow your dreams and be an amazing mother at the same time.

Holiday State~ Q&A!!!

1. Hello guys, can you tell us all a little bit about yourselves before you formed your country music band?

-Hey how are ya? Well… we’re 3 brothers from Orange County, CA. Our names are Brandon (the oldest), Brett (the middle), and Bryan (the youngest). We were raised in a town called Rancho Santa Margarita. Growing up we were pretty active in our church community. We played a lot of sports, especially basketball and baseball. Our dad loves baseball, he played in the minors for a little while. We also loved shooting short films with friends around the neighborhood when were in our teens and have always been into cars too.

We had a “racing team” when we were In High School/College. We are of Hawaiian, Portuguese, Danish, Irish, and Mexican decent and started getting into music and singing around middle school.

2. How did you guys form Holiday State?

-We had always been into music growing up, our parents always played music around the house. We were in different bands and involved in various music projects throughout high school and our early twenties, but most those bands consisted us plus friends or other musicians who just weren’t dedicated enough like we were. They really didn’t see it as being a career in the future. So that’s when we decided to  start a group just the three of us and that’s when Holiday state was formed.

3. How did you come up with Holiday State and was there any other names you were maybe going to choose instead?

– We were planning on starting a clothing line and came up with the name Holiday State. Once the group started recording more material is when the clothing biz was put on hold and focused more on the music biz, that’s when we decided to name the group Holiday State. It just made sense, because of what it means and what we’re trying to accomplish with this group. We figured we could still put out Holiday State clothing as merch too. So I guess you can say we get to do both now haha! There were a few other names we thought about. One was COUNTY O, another one was SHINING CITIZEN. Obviously they didn’t make the cut. Haha! 

4. Who are some of your musical icons?

-Musical icons…definitely Michael Jackson, The Backstreet Boys, Boyz 2 Men, Timberlake, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban. We really grew up on a lot of  R&B music. That’s probably the first genre that was introduced to us along with island music at family gatherings.

5. What is the background story behind your latest single “Lay Low?”

-The song was produced by Andy Sheridan and written by his wife Melissa Sheridan. They pretty much crafted the song specifically for us. They sent the demo to us and we loved it! So when Andy was out in LA for a couple days we booked a studio in North Hollywood and knocked out the vocals. It’s one of those chill out, feel good records but will make you move at the same time. It’s about a couple getting ready to go out on the town for the night and then end up changing their minds last minute and decide to just hang out on the couch at home cuddling, watching Netflix and sippin’ on some wine.

6. How would you all describe your music in 3 to 5 words?

-Catchy, current, relatable, authentic, Cali-Country

7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?

-Let’s see…definitely the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga. It’s in the middle of a cool little college town, much different from where we’re from. That place is special to us cause it was the first time we saw our name up on the marquee. The Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, Ca. is another good one! Just so much history there. The Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville was amazing. Their lighting and sound system is ridiculous, and that was our first show in Nashville as well. Also Moonshine Beach in San Diego, Ca. is a great place to perform at. It’s in Pacific Beach down there where people just like to party and have fun. The staff over there are really great to work with as well.

8. What are a few of your favorite quotes?

Brandon -“If your dreams don’t scare you, than they’re not big enough”

Bryan -“If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs” 

Brett -“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling”

TexWestUs~ Q&A!!!

1    Hi Corbin & Chloe, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves before you two became a country music duo?
Chloe
– I was actually working on getting my teaching certification (which I completed!) when I met Corbin! I had auditioned for The Voice, but got cut after the producer rounds. I came home from California, and I ended up taking a Songwriting class over at South Plains College in Levelland, TX, which is where I met Corbin. He helped me with my final project, and we just realized we worked really well together!
Corbin – I grew up playing guitar in church and got connected with several local Texas country bands. After playing for several years, I ended up playing lead guitar for Randall King. I did all of this while attending South Plains College where I met Chloe. After meeting her, I quit Randall’s band so we could pursue our own thing together, and the rest, as they say, is history.    

 2    How did you come up with the name TexWestus?
We were recording our song West Texas Wind late at night (like 1 AM) in the school’s studio, and in Corbin’s tired deliriousness, it came out the ‘TexWestus wind’. We looked at each other and knew it was our name!    

3    How did you guys form your group?
We kind of covered that in the previous questions – we just started working together for a school project and realized we worked really well together.  After deciding we wanted to make it a “thing,” we got a full band together! Time plays a major role in vetting band members. After 4 years of doing this, we finally have a solid group of members who are also our best friends.    

4    What is the background story behind your latest single “Lonestar?”
    As people tend to do when they’re frustrated, we were venting about our experiences with the Texas Music Scene while we were driving to a gig. In our venting session, Chloe pulled out her phone and started typing the lyrics out to what would become Lonestar. We think of it as our “Girl in a Country Song” to the TMS. 


5    What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? Well, normally we have our band record on the project with us…but our newest record coming out this summer was recorded in Nashville using wonderful session players. It was an incredible experience. Normally “pre-production” is a day or two before the recording session, and then depending on your schedule/timeline, we get in the studio 8 AM and record all day long. The instrumentation gets recorded first, and then vocals. Vocals will most likely be recorded the following day, to assure that you are well rested, as it can be tiresome! But it’s all so worth it! This process can be lengthened depending on the length of your project.
    6    What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Buck’s Backyard in Buda, River Stage in San Angelo, Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater in College Station, Ski Hi Stampede in Monte Vista, the Lonestar Amphitheater in Lubbock, and The Blue Light Live in Lubbock. 

 7    How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Genuine, Intense, Epic. 

  8    Is there anything else you guys would like to share? Help us blow up our latest single ‘Lonestar’, and follow us on all social media platforms @texwestus! Visit us at www.TexWestus.com as well. Send us a message, we love connecting with fans.    

9    What are a few of your guys favorite quotes
Chloe – “In order to become part of the 1% you have to be willing to do what 99% of people aren’t.” 
Corbin – “People who win, do shit. People who lose, talk shit.” (Andy Frisella)

Ashlie Amber~ Q&A!!!

  • Hi Ashlie, can you tell us all a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? Well I am from Thornton, CO and I LOVE it there. No matter where I am that will always be home. I’ve had quite the journey getting to where I am today. I was a waitress/bartender at TGIFridays for 8 years. I have a huge musical theatre background and have starred in shows like The Color Purple, Avenue Q, and Rent. And I’ve also traveled to over 70 different countries headlining my own show! I love my journey and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. 
  • What made you want to have a career in country music? Country music is a genre of music I grew up listening to and adored. I loved everything about country music and I said one day that’s going to be me on the radio! Although my journey isn’t the normal nashville journey, everything I experience is what lead me to where I am today. 
  • Who are some of your musical icons? I have so many. I am an equal opportunity listener. Good music is good music in my book. But, my all time favorite is Whitney Houston. Anybody who knows me knows I LOVE that woman. Her voice is beyond words and what she did for the black community within the music industry is incredible. She showed the world that Black Women CAN be pop icons and we are an unstoppable force within the industry.. I also love everything Taylor Swift, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton. I guess you can say I’m all about that girl power! 
  • What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Those Nights?” “Those Nights” was inspired by an incredible relationship I had when I lived in Virginia. Although we are not still together that doesn’t change the amazing memories we made together. This song is about love and passion, but it’s also about hanging out with your best friend and just enjoying every side of them. Life can be really difficult so I think it’s important to celebrate the good memories, not just the bad ones. 
  • How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fun, Positive, Catchy, Relatable, soulful and sexy! That was 6 sorry. LOL 
  • What is your recording process like when making and creating new music? After I write a song that I believe is a hit, I send it over to my manager and producer. Once we are all in agreement and have 3-4 songs that we really want to cut, it’s time to head to the studio. Day one in the studio we always lay all of the live instruments and the next day 2 days we record my vocals. I’ll record 2 songs in one vocal session including backing vocals. So within a couple hours everything is done and then my producer Jamie Tate puts it all together using his superhero producing powers. 
  • Where are some of your favorite venues to play at? My favorite venue so far was Onboard the Celebrity EDGE in their brand new beautiful, multi million dollar theatre. My show onboard that ship had 170 light cues, video projections, stage automation, costume changes, top notch sound, sweetener/click tracks AND an incredible 7 piece orchestra. It was absolutely incredible I legit felt like Carrie Underwood! 
  • What is one of your favorite quotes? Janelle Monae said “Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.” This is a quote I definitely live by. My look is not the typical “country” look but it’s me and no matter what the “industry” says, I’m going to continue be unapologetically myself, which is far from perfect, but AWESOME. 
  • Is there anything else you would like to share? We’ve covered a lot, but one thing I never get to really do is shout out my incredible team. So I would like to give a huge thanks to my Manager Don Ellis Gatlin, Producer Jamie Tate, Production Team Jerry Ghionis and Jason Neistadt, Digital Content Creator Danny Hindmarsh, and of course the incredible ladies at KORE PR. This year has already been off to an amazing start and it wouldn’t be possible without them! They all believe in me so much and it feels so amazing to have a team full of BOSSES in the trenches with me everyday. 

Chelsey James~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hi Chelsey, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? I grew up on a farm in Southwest Missouri (just north of Branson). I was a competitive cheerleader junior high through college and never really got involved in music when I was in school. I stayed close to home for college and went to Drury University in Springfield. I graduated with a business degree and went into real estate when I graduated.
  2. What made you decide to have a career in country music? One night while I was in college, I was hanging out with some girlfriends and we were all getting ready to go out. I was singing along to some song on the radio and one of my friends noticed, turned the radio off and said, “Oh my gosh, sing some more!” I was totally embarrassed, but I ended up singing a Carrie Underwood song for them. I remember them all freaking out and telling me how good I was and I really didn’t believe them to be honest! I liked singing by myself in the shower or car, and maybe some church and school programs as a kid, but never really considered myself to be that good. Over the next couple of years, these same friends pressured me (which I am very thankful for!) into singing at local karaoke bars. I gained some confidence after doing that and eventually joined a cover band, having no idea what I was doing, but ended up having great success. Once I started performing, I quickly realized this was what I was meant to do. It took me some time to build up my confidence, (I was pretty terrified for quite some time every time I had to step on stage), but once I did, I started wanting to create my own sound and songs. I didn’t think I had what it took to write a good song, until one day, a song just poured out of me almost completely on its own. That definitely gave me the confidence I needed to keep writing more and more. I realized I had a lot to say and loved that I got to pair what I wanted to say with what I like hearing musically as well. I’ve always loved country music and could never imagine doing anything else after these experiences I have been blessed with.
  3. Who are some of your musical icons? I grew up listening to country music in the 90’s, so my first memories of hearing country music are Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Trisha Yearwood- all such powerful female voices. I remember when Carrie Underwood won American Idol and put out her first record. I memorized every song on that album! She was a huge influence for me because of how vocally challenging, but so profound her vocals were/are. As I got older, I started getting more into rock music as well and love bands like Journey and Shinedown. I obviously gravitate towards artists who have that huge vocal and full, dramatic sound! 🙂
  4. What is the background behind your brand-new single “The Men and the Boys?” I had the instrumental base track to this song from my producer, Mike Bailey. I loved the sound and knew I wanted to write a song to it. I took it to a couple friends of mine and said, “I’m not sure what I want to write about, but I love this sound. I want to write something that both men AND women are going to want to listen to.” Oran Thornton, one of the writers, threw out the phrase, “what separates the men from the boys,” and I immediately knew what the song was going to be about. That phrase reminded me of all the times my girlfriends and I would go out to a country bar in town and see nothing but “catalog cowboys” as they’re called in the song. You know the kind, the guys who dress up like cowboys, but had probably never worked on a farm a day in their life. I would always say, “Is there even a real country boy in this place?” (haha) So, that’s where the idea from the song came from.
  5. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? High-octane, authentic, powerful, country/rock mix.
  6. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?After I write something, I like to live with it for a little while with a track before I go into the studio to record. I’ll usually listen or sing to the track over and over in my car and figure out how I want things to sound. Once I go into the studio, I usually sing the song about 5 times through fully, then go through and fix some things I might not like. Then comes another round of listening over and over in my car to make sure nothing needs fixed again. Usually something will really stick out that I don’t like that I will have to go back in and fix. It’s a pretty tedious process, but it’s all worth it once you get that final product.
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? I always love playing at home, because I get to look out and see all of my friends and family. When I’m home, I play at a venue called “Southbound.” I have to say though, it’s hard to beat just singing to an acoustic guitar at a little bar in Nashville. I love playing in Nashville because everyone is there to listen to original music and you know they’re really listening.
  8. Is there anything else you would like to share? I plan to put out a new single about every 2-3 months this year. 🙂
  9. What is one of your favorite quotes? My favorite quote of all time is probably, “Success is on the other side of fear.” I’m not sure who said that, but I have found it to be absolutely true, especially in this industry.

Steven Cade~ Q&A!!!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician? 

I was a performer in an alternative rock band in California, and was able to tour nationally and gain recognition as a performer. I have previously been signed under two different record labels, and and toured all over the US, Canada and Mexico.

What made you want a career in country music?

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and I lived very close to a venue called Mickey Gillies. I was exposed to a lot of country music growing up in the South. I was influenced by a lot of different acts like Mel Tillies, Charlie Pride, and Charlie Daniels. I was basically raised in country music listening to people like Willie Nelson and a band called the Outlaws, which was a Texas band that had Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and all the other artists that inspired me. 

What is the background story behind your band new single Pinky Promise? 

There were many times when I would be working and my daughter would come up and say, “Hey, daddy, can you come outside and play Barbies with me?” I’d answer “I’m really busy right now and can’t at the moment.” She would reply “Well do you pinky promise that you can later?” If my answer was yes she would reply, “You can’t break a pinky promise.” 

That moved my heart so much that it inspired me to write a song about it. I think this song will inspire other fathers, and serve as a great message to all parents. 

How did you come up with the title “Pinky Promise?”

It is based on what my daughter had said, “Daddy, do you pinky promise?” 

Were there any other producers that worked on the song with you?

This song was produced by Ily Toshinsky in Nashville, Tennessee at Station West. 

What is your recording process like when creating and making new music? 

I start by writing the song and recording it on my phone as a rough draft. Then, I make sure the arrangement of the song is set to the key and tempo with a solid melody and cadence. Then, I get some weigh-in from any writers that I’m friends with, my family, and close friends. Once I am finished, I send it to either a producer or production team to record my song in the studio. 

How would describe your music in 3-5 words?

  • Energetic 
  • Positive 
  • Clean country Music 

Who are your musical icons?

Elivis Presley and Keith Urban 

What is one of your favorite quotes? 

“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not your own understanding, acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5:6 )

Is there anything else you would like to share?

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