Most of us started 2021 with a sense of optimism, believing that it would be a chance to return normal. Instead we have again faced snap lockdowns, job losses and an uncertain future. Add to that the constant media barrage, and you would be forgiven for wondering where on earth God is in the middle of all this! How do you tune out the world, and tune in to God’s voice when there is so much competing for your attention?
Singer, songwriter Cade Thompson joined Mel on Vision180 to chat about the challenges he faced recording his new album in the middle of the pandemic. He also gave us a glimpse of what normal is like now for him in his new hometown of Nashville which in the middle of a snowstorm at the time. Cade says it’s the quite the way to celebrate winter.
When Cade finished high school he took the first of many giant faith steps to move to Nashville. ‘I just knew God was calling me down here. I had no record deal, no job, but I knew I was supposed to be here. Two months later I signed a record deal with Red Streets, which is a Christian label and my music is going to radio now!’
But never would Cade have picked 2020 to launch his career as an artist. Yet in the midst of it all, he has continued to see God’s goodness.
How do you tune out the world, and tune in to God’s voice when there is so much competing for your attention?
‘2020 was pretty tough,’ Cade says, ‘I spent a lot more time writing. I was out on the road and had started my tour, then everything just stopped in March. I went back home to be with my family, and kept asking God why is this happening? Looking back I am so thankful. There was a lot of growth in me, both spiritually and mentally. When I was able, I went back to Nashville. I finally feel like I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.’
Cade was very young when he realised he wanted a career in music. In preschool he could sing harmonies and his teacher encouraged his parents to get him some lessons. But his love of sport competed with his love of music.
‘I thought sport was cool and I loved it,’ Cade reflects. ‘But it was when I started serving at youth group on the worship team that I fell in love with music. The turning point for me was singing a Christian song at a public middle school in 8th grade. The power of the music and the power of the Gospel collided. I realised that worship could impact people’s lives. It was so much more than lyrics, it was truth.’
Cade has continued to keep his eyes on God, and his own story was the inspiration behind his new song, Every Step Of The Way. Cade wrote the song when he first moved and was feeling so many conflicting emotions. ‘I needed to write a song about truth,’ he says. ‘I want people to trust God every step of the way. Sometimes there is a lot of pain and beauty in knowing that God establishes our steps, that’s where the miracles happen.’
Cade is thrilled that the song is reaching people. ‘I grew up on Christian radio and now seeing my songs impacting people is a pretty cool circular moment for me.’
One testimony in particular that struck Cade was from a stroke survivor. His prognosis was not great, but he picked Every Step Of The Way for his recovery journey and is now doing well. The message of the song is affecting people’s lives.
Cade believes the most important thing as an artist is to be real and authentic.
‘Honestly these songs are anthems for me in the season I’m in, and I hope they will be like that for others. Most of what I do is upbeat, joyful music and I think that comes across. I want to be a breath fresh air and inspire people with this hope we all need. I pray that people will sing them over their own lives.’ Cade currently hosts an Instagram live Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to connect with his fans.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when everything seems to be out of our control, but God has a plan. If we can learn trust that He is establishing our steps, we can see miracles in the beauty and the pain we face. Like Cade, we can use our gifts and talents to change the lives of those around us.
Cade Thompson Vision180 Interview – 20 Feb, 2021