Cade Thompson is an incredible new artist that recently signed with Red Street Records. He's an artist who lives out 1 Timothy 4:12 in all that he does: "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."
Cade started recording music at a young age. And, signed with a record label when he was only 18. His new song, "Provider," has already made its way to Christian radio stations across the country. It's a song that has already resonated with so many people. He is a huge inspiration to his generation.
I had so much fun getting to chat with Cade about his music, the inspiration behind "Provider," what 2020 looks like for him, and much more.
How did you get started with music?
Great question. I got my start in music playing keys when I was five years old. I always grew up around music. I always grew up loving music. And, I really had no idea where that would lead me.
Funny story. My pre-school teacher said to my parents, "Hey, you know what? Cade can sing harmony. You should maybe think about getting him into some music classes or something." So, they put me into music classes, and I started learning the piano. I eventually switched to acoustic guitar when I was about eight years old.
I always loved Christian radio, specifically, because my mom was a children's pastor and a youth pastor. So, then I began to lead worship in middle school. A lot of things have happened since then. But, that's kind of how I started.
Congrats on recently signing to Red Street Records. What has it been like working with them?
I signed with Red Street Records in early fall. And, it's been incredible. They really believe in me: my heart, my vision for my music, and what I'm doing. We've worked on a lot of video content. And, we've been writing a lot.
Rascall Flatts' bassist and label owner Jay DeMarcus, the label, and the whole team have just been incredible. They've been sharing their insight, and wisdom to help me become a better artist. To be at max capacity. To hopefully change lives through my music. They're awesome.
Could you tell us the story behind your new radio single, "Provider?"
"Provider" really comes from me seeing, over the years, people with different stories. As human beings, we all go through ups and downs, and different things in life. But, there's one thing that's constant: God is faithful. He's there every step of the way. He provides for our needs and the very specific seasons that we need it in.
I moved to Nashville in September. And, I've seen God provide for me in so many ways during this season: with this label around me, the support of people in Nashville to help me grow, and the amazing community at my church. I think as we begin to look back on our lives, we find key defining moments where God has provided a way for us in different seasons. Most of the time, it looks different than what we want. But, we rest in the promise of what that is. How the promises are so true. And, how that affects our lives.
What I love about this song is that it takes our perspective away from the problems we face in our world and in our lives. Instead, the song points our perspective towards the promises of God. That's what this song is about.
You recently released the music video for "Provider." What's the inspiration behind that music video?
We just released the music video for "Provider" last week. And, it's been amazing to see the responses from people who've seen the video. This is my first official "big time" music video, I guess you could say. We flew out to California and filmed it there. We did it in one day in the hills of Southern California.
The video has a very cool story because it adds a substory to the song itself. I wanted the music video to be very generational driven. I want to reach people in my generation, and people of all generations to come.
The video starts out with a boyfriend and a girlfriend. And, sure enough, she passes away in the middle of the video. After that, there's a community of people that come to the top of the hill to support the boyfriend, who has gone through a tragedy in his life. I think that's really relatable for people in different seasons. And, that's another season where God provides that community for this specific character in the video. The boyfriend is really able to see the love of Jesus through that.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I have a lot of musical inspirations, mainly the ones that inspired my sound today. I would say TobyMac, Matthew West, and Phil Wickham. Those are kind of the main three that really inspired me growing up on Christian radio. I really love the way they write. And, I love the way that they're relatable for people. Plus, the sound they bring is so fresh.
What does 2020 look like for you? Is there more new music on the horizon?
There is; 2020 has been definitely my busiest year, so far. I'm currently working on my first full-length record, which we will be releasing later this year. We just released my debut radio single, "Provider," which has been very exciting. It's been so cool to see how the radio is receiving the message of the song. And, how people are receiving the message of the song.
I just got off a 10-day, 25-station radio tour. That was very exciting. So, lots of stuff is going on. Later this year, I will be releasing a record, touring a lot, and sharing this new music with fans, friends, and everybody. It's exciting.
How can we be praying for you?
With moving to a new city, and staying busy, I ask for prayers for the continued community in Nashville. God has been great, and He's given me a great church community. So, I ask for prayers that my relationships continue to grow with friends in Nashville, and people outside the music industry as well.
Finally, what encouragement would you give to young people wanting to pursue a career in music?
The encouragement that I would give to young people wanting to start a music career would be to get involved and start where you can. For me, I began to serve at my local church. And, that was really just me wanting to be faithful. It was where I felt God placed me at the moment. I had no idea that it would eventually lead to a radio tour a few years later. I was just trying to stay faithful.
If you feel like God puts it on your heart to perform at a local coffee shop, then be bold and be faithful. Surrender your gift to God, and say, "Lord, have your way, and do whatever you want to do in this." It's an incredible place to live out of–and to be in–because God can really do so much through that prayer.
On a practical level, always be growing. Always stay writing. Stay consistent in writing. That's the biggest tip I've had over the years: write, write, write, write, write. It's hard to hear at first. But, it's so worth it. Because through the process of songwriting, I believe that you're able to see what your heartbeat is in your music and what makes you different from other people. I believe that God starts to put a message and a beat on your heart when you write songs.
Grace Chaves is a fan of all things Christian music, and is one of NRT's youngest writers. She's homeschooled, and loves concerts, Jesus, and songwriting.
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