Christian singer and songwriter Cade Thompson creates music in the face of school and mass shootings
* 20-year-old Christian artist Cade thompson was inspired for his new single “New Normal” by his fear when a potential active shooter was in his high school in 2018 in his senior.
Without a doubt, panic shook the hearts of all the students, especially Cade, who was unable to reach his parents to alert them to the threat. Fortunately, the situation turned out to be a false alarm and he was able to return home safely, but the event triggered Cade’s deep anxiety. Cade later told his mother, “I don’t think you understand. For me, the only fear I have in life is a school shootout. The young singer confessed to his mother that his endless worry stemmed from an incident when he was 5 years old; her sister was in 6th grade in Joplin, Missouri. When they arrived at his college, the police were there flashing their lights and maintaining a chaotic environment due to an active shooter. Although Cade was safe inside the family vehicle, the event left an indelible mark of fear on his mind that would see him again all those years later during that false alarm at his high school.
CNN reports, “As of March 16, when eight people were killed in three Atlanta-area spas, the United States had at least 45 mass shootings and analysis of Gun Violence Archive (GVA) data , local media and the police. reports. The United States saw at least 147 mass shootings in 2021, according to data from GVA, a Washington-based nonprofit. Unfortunately, the mass shooting epidemic is truly becoming a new normal in the United States, as the New York Times reports in its article “A List of Recent Mass Shootings in the United States”.
Cade used his memories and emotions as the motivation behind his single “New Normal”, which is released today from his next album due in the fall. He reveals, “I wrote this as a prayer, as a song to bring hope in the midst of sorrow, in the midst of trials, in the midst of suffering.” As a young adult, Cade’s musical career led him to an independent Christian label Red Street Records, founded by Jay DeMarcus, bassist, pianist, band singer, songwriter and producer of the superstar country music group Rascal. Flatts.
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EURweb.com spoke to Cade about why we need a ‘new normal’ today, the impact Cade wants the song to have on his generation, and how those who suffered school shootings can tap into the courage to face a new day.
EURweb: Why do you think we need a new normal today?
Cade: In my life, I have experienced a lot. I saw a lot of things my peers faced as they walked through school. Fear of the unknown, I believe we need a new normal to change the way we live and shift attention away from ourselves and focus on the people around us, which together we can to have a new normal as we hope for a new normal.
EURweb: How did your faith help you overcome your intense feeling of fear, especially when you were in school?
Cade: As a believer, when I walk with Jesus, I can help transform that fear into faith. It’s interesting in the Bible, Jesus said, “When you go through difficulties”, in John 16:33 He does not say, “If you go through difficulties. It is sometimes hard to hear, but at the same time, it is also very comforting because we know that we have a God who walks with us within these times.
EURweb: For students and adults who have lived and survived school and mass shootings, what words of wisdom can you pass on to them to find comfort after the trauma?
Cade: First of all, I can never imagine what it is, and my heart goes out to the people who have had to go through a tragedy like this, but I know we have a God who wants to walk by our side in the midst of that, in the midst of those darkest moments that never seem to see the light of day again. I encourage you to be real with God and to express your heart to Him in these times.
EURweb: 2 Timothy 1: 7 says, “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of sound mind. What do you draw on to give yourself the courage to face each day?
Cade: I would say the first thing I like to start my day with is the word of God. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but I know the times I start my day that I’m a completely different person, I walk in peace and I am grounded. The second thing I would say to this question is to slow down and create some rhythms in your day where you can take a break, take a deep breath, and be in the moment.
EURweb: How did you come to know Jesus Christ and how do you maintain this relationship?
Cade: I was brought up in the church. My mother was in the ministry as a pastor of children and pastor of youth [while I] grown up. So I always knew about Jesus, but my life didn’t change until I accepted it into my heart and [followed Him]. This faith came out of my head and touched my heart. After that, God just put the gift of music on my heart. I had no idea what I was doing, but it got me to write songs that impacted people’s lives, and that’s how it all started for me.
EURweb: How do you continue to grow in your faith, and what impact does this have on your music?
Cade: One of the best ways to do this is to surround myself with people who will inspire me to run after Jesus on a daily basis. For example, this morning I just had a Bible study with some of my closest friends in Nashville, Tennessee. And these are the moments that I crave because just having fellowship and connection with other believers inspires me to make the music I make too.
EURweb: I’ve been listening to your other singles, like “Provider” and “Every Step of the Way”, both will be in rotation. Your songs are very captivating. Can you describe your writing process?
Cade: Totally my process usually starts with a lot of stories in my life. I reflect on some scenarios or stories that have happened in my life, and I try to see God in those stories and in these moments and pull out the truths that I need to speak in my life. This is how the songs “Provider” and “Every Step of the Way” began. I looked back at my life and reflected, and saw God and His goodness every step of the way, and that’s what started for me.
EURweb: The good news is that your album will be released later in 2021. What are the goals you want to achieve with your music?
Cade: I am excited about this album and the release of my first project. The power of Christian music touched me. I grew up listening to Christian radio which inspired me to write because I saw something so special and different in Christian music. That’s why I want to be a voice for this next generation, hopefully bridge the gap between my peers to listen to Christian music and see that we can find hope, and hope can be found in Jesus. .
EURweb: Due to Covid-19, your touring possibilities are limited. How do you plan to connect with audiences with your new album?
Cade: I’m very grateful. This year, I was able to be on the road in complete safety. I did some driving shows which was fun. I have done a lot of church places, which has been great; people are socially distant and dispersed. Also, many festivals are going to resume this summer and I can’t wait to be outside and making music in the summer heat.
EURweb: You are so young. What tools do you use to manage that level of responsibility that comes with a career in recording?
Cade: For me it always comes down to the basics of how I started; it was me in an empty room in college, in my church worshiping. I always try to stay with this heartbeat because it can be carried away in an instant. These gifts that God placed in me were not created for me. The more I live, the more I see that they were created to give glory to God, the giver of all good things and all good gifts; it’s my mentality to go to whatever i do.
The original interview took place on May 20, 2021; the article has been edited for brevity and clarity.
To keep up with Cade’s projects and tours, visit CadeThompson.com or RedStreetRecords.net/cadethompson.
His song “New Normal” is released today.
Connect with Cade on social media using his username @cadethompsonmusic