Hey Caleb, welcome! To start off, tell our readers more about yourself. Where you started and where you are now?
Thank you so much for having me! Really excited to be here. I’m a pop country singer songwriter that loves to tell stories that I’ve lived from my life. I was raised in a pretty abusive, strict religious household and I spent most of my twenties working for the modern day church as a worship leader on a giant stage in front of thousands of people on a weekly basis. \I’ve lived in about twelve different states from the time I was born till I was seventeen, my parents were always picking up and starting their life over, and that’s why I clung to music. Music has always been the one constant in every season of my life. Nashville is the closest thing to home I’ve ever known. I’m grateful my journey brought me here to lay roots and create some of the best music of my career yet.
You have a new single out “With Him Tonight”. Congrats! Did you write this song?
First thank you so much! I did write this song! I originally wrote it with some other Nashville writers, Morgan Brown and Steve Lester. We’ve written a couple of songs together that will definitely be released in the near future. I took the work tape from the day and re envisioned it to fit what I feel moves me. Instrumentally I wanted the song to be reminiscent of early 2000’s pop rock records with country music instrumentation. I had a blast recording Dobro, mandolin, Banjo. It’s a song for all the women and even men who feel undervalued in a relationship, who feel stuck.
I learned that there is someone out there in the world that wants you to truly live and help show you what you’re made of. There is someone who will think you’re the best damn thing since sliced bread.
Do you get nervous before you release new music or is it more of an excitement for you?
I never really get nervous for much when it comes to releasing. I’m just beyond excited to let the world hear it. I’m always interested in what people are going to take away from the recordings. I engineered and played every instrument you hear besides the drums. I had one of my best friends Brett Killingsworth come over to the studio to lay down the drums. We had a great time dialing in great tones. The cool thing about this song is that it’s all real instruments played by a real person. I dig that. For me releasing the music that has been worked on so tirelessly is the most rewarding part.
Was there anyone or anything in particular that pushed you to pursue music?
I never had a specific instance where I thought “man! I’m gonna be a singer for a living!!” Ha! It was just a natural progression. I still haven’t had the conversation with myself about doing this full time.. though it’s been almost a decade in! Music is the only thing that has always made sense to me. I’ve built my life around it since I was a kid, so I wouldn’t say it was really a conscious decision or motive behind it. It’s just who I’ve always been.
Name one of your biggest inspirations in music?
That’s a tough one. I learned early on that if I wanted to be somebody, there was no better “somebody” than myself. I take that very seriously. When I’m writing, I’m not trying to emulate other people, I’m writing what moves me and how it makes me feel. I’m really inspired by like minded creatives who do everything to the extent that I do.. from writing, engineering, playing instruments, guys like Ryan Tedder and Jack Antonoff are changing the game. In my mind being an artist requires nothing less than doing it all.
The US music scene differs from city to city, what’s the music scene like in Nashville?
Very tight knit. I believe it’s the only city in the US where music is truly life and it’s viewed that way. It’s a beautiful thing to make great music with great people. Nashville is like a college campus without the classes; everyone knows everyone, and everyone is majoring in the same subject.
Tell us what you have planned for the rest of 2020? Any surprises?
Loads of them. We’re planning on releasing a single every month for the rest of 2020 starting July 3rd. It’s going to be a wild ride and you’re not gonna wanna miss it!
Where can we find you online and get our hands on your new music?
The best way to keep in touch with me is @caleblovely on Instagram! see what’s going on with exclusive live acoustic sets, links to special events, and behind the scenes footage! The music will be available on every streaming and purchasing platform you can think of. Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon just to name a few.