Shannon is a passionate country fan who enjoys getting to know the artists and their music. She also loves spreading joy through interviews.
Imagination creates reality, according to 19th-century German opera composer Richard Wagner. Many artists, including music artists, might make that same argument today. By the same token, one might argue that reality creates imagination, which seems to be the case with Steven Cade’s new single “League of Her Own.”
His new EP On My Way to You also reflects reality as Steven sees it. Although every song he writes has a personal story behind it, the songs included on this CD are songs that connected with fans while out on the road. Steven found his personal sound by way of Texas and California, but the album was made in Nashville. The songs were all co-written with some of Nashville’s most notable songwriters and produced by three talented producers.
Despite his career path, Steven has remained a grounded individual with a lifestyle that still manages to revolve around his family as much as possible. His wife, Kellee, of thirteen years, and their two children have been with him every step of the way. You can hear his devotion to her in songs like “On My Way to You” and “League of Her Own.” Her genuine smiles seen in the videos reflect her love for him.
Steven recently took some time out of his busy schedule to answer questions about his career, his EP, and his latest single. From the serious questions to the quirky ones with the unexpected answers, you get a sense of what he brings to the stage when he performs. His love for his family is also very evident. Take a listen to these songs as you read his responses to my questions; you’ll see what I mean.
"On My Way to You"
Shannon Henry: Please talk about your latest single, “League of Her Own.” Is there a story behind writing it?
Steven Cade: I wrote that song in Nashville with Erik Halbig and Joanna Yeager. I came to that write session with the title “League of Her Own” in mind. I wanted to focus on writing a cool, upbeat song about Kellee-on how she’s a mom, a manager, a model, and a math teacher. She is a class act and very accomplished in all her endeavors. “She’s timeless like a diamond, a perfect storm on a private island.” That lyric sums up the way Kellee lives her live-with grace, dignity, strength, and love. It’s already got over 30K streams so it’s doing well.
SH: Please talk about your latest EP On My Way to You.
SC: The EP is the second album I’ve recorded in Nashville. It’s special to me because it’s the first album I recorded while living in Nashville. It’s a compilation of 5 songs-“Cool in California, On My Way to You, Malibu Cadillac, Why Would I Do That, and Two Less Lonely People.” I met and worked with some great writers on the EP. The title song, “On My Way to You” represents my life before meeting Kellee- searching for that one great love to go along with you on the journey of life. There is also an official music video for the song “On My Way to You.”
"League of Her Own"
SH: Although you are from Texas, you arrived in Nashville via California. How did the two different states influence your sound?
SC: Texas is very country. I grew up in Houston listening to Kenny Rogers, Mel Tillis, Charlie Pride, Conway Twitty, Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn, and other traditional country artists. When I got to California I was exposed to more punk rock, alternative rock, and some pop. So my sound became a modern country fusion of the various elements of pop blended with the traditional country sound that influenced my early years. Country music is known for telling a detailed story, and I love creating a vivid, detailed story with my song lyrics.
SH: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
SC: The best advice I have ever received is from my grandmother who said to follow Christ and stay close to him.
SH: The worst piece of advice?
SC: I’ve been booked at venues other people recommended, that weren’t a fit for me at all. Someone once recommended I play at a particular summer festival in California, where it ended up being 118 degrees-it was brutal getting through that show.
"Cool in California"
SH: What is your all-time favorite song and why?
SC: Oh gosh…that’s no fair. How can you have just one! I guess if I had to pick a song I’d say “Amazing Grace.” It’s because, to me, it wraps up everything I’ve experienced in my journey and puts a bow on it in terms of who I am as a person, and what I have been trying to pursue. God has been so merciful in my life to allow me to chase after my dreams, and have me come this far.”
SH: Is there a song you will not sing even on request? If so, why not?
SC: Probably "Freebird"- it’s the type of song typically requested by someone who’s loud and has consumed too much alcohol, and I don’t like to perpetuate that energy.
"Why Would I Do That"
SH: How has music provided a platform for you to make a difference?
SC: I always say that music is the engine that drives my ‘why.’ I feel my music leaves a positive impact on people’s lives. I believe in the family unit and I want to nurture that and promote a healthy family that sticks together. My music gives me a platform to say the things that mean the most to me, whether it’s in a song, or in an interview.
SH: How have you been adapting to the changes Covid-19 has necessitated right now?
SC: I’ve been writing, setting up virtual writes, doing virtual live-stream concerts, and making connections with new songwriters. I’ve made new friends and been able to connect with fans more. Aside from not doing live performances, the quarantine has kept me really busy with a lot of forward momentum.”
"Two Less Lonely People"
Just for Fun:
SH: How would you describe your favorite color to someone who is blind?
SC: I like white, black and basically all colors. (But I probably wouldn’t wear pink.) I think I’d describe colors as vibrant and alive, like seeing energy.
SH: What is the strangest thing you like to eat?
SC: I put hot sauce all over my pizza.
SH; What is your favorite childhood memory?
SC: Spending time with my grandmother-walking to get ice cream at the local grocery store.
"Romance You Girl"
© 2020 Shannon Henry
Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 27, 2020:
Hi, Pamela. I'm glad you've enjoyed the interview and his songs. Thanks for stopping by.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 27, 2020:
I really like Steven Cade's voice and his songs. This is another great article, Shannon.
Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 26, 2020:
Hi, Bill. The teacher in you is always there. LOL. Thanks. I like that: friendly and real. Some people are noticeably genuine in everything they do.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2020:
Cool interview....good intro....handsome guy. I like his smile. He looks friendly and real. Love his memories of his grandmother. That was sweet.
Shannon Henry (author) from Texas on July 25, 2020:
Hi, Angie. Thanks! I like his sound, too. My favorite so far is "On My Way to You."
I would say that any kind of writer would be happy with "the extra time", but extra time for me is a myth!
A B Williams from Central Florida on July 25, 2020:
Yay, you got it done! I really like his sound.
My favorite is the one about his wife, 'League of her Own', there are some great lines in that one!
I was just thinking that songwriters are probably the only ones happy with the extra time allotted (via COVID-19) for songwriting.
Another good one here Shannon! Well done my friend.