ANGELES -- Chris
Cagle was born on Nov. 10, 1968 in DeRidder, Louisiana. He was
discovered by a Nashville record label agent while working at
a restaurant. The country music singer is best known for the hits
"I Breathe In, I Breathe Out," "What a Beautiful
Day" and "What Kinda Gone." He just released his
fifth studio album, Back in the Saddle, on June 26. It
is his first studio album in four years since 2008's My Life's
Been a Country Song. The new album features his current single,
"Let There Be Cowgirls," and his previous single, "Got
My Country On."
start off by going back a few years. Please tell me more about
how you got discovered at a restaurant. It sounds like an interesting
story. Did a record label person just come in?
I was working on the weekends at a restaurant and during the day
I was a golf caddy," Cagle explained in an exclusive interview.
"One of the fellow golf caddie's wife used to come to the
restaurant with him and by herself. She was the executive assistant
to Scott Hendricks [President of Virgin Records Nashville]."
had many hit songs over the years, but which one is your favorite
that's a really good question," he said. "All of them,
I don't know. I just enjoy being able to be on stage and perform.
I don't think it matters which one I'm singing. As long as the
people are responsive, I don't care."
ways has becoming a father changed your life?
got an hour for that one?" the country music singer joked.
"It's changed every aspect of my life. It changed every aspect
of how I think, how I make decisions, how I choose what's best
for me. I used to not even think what's best for me. I used to
just go with the flow. I look at life with a completely different
perspective now. For the first time in my life, I kind of wind
up coming in last place."
give me some highlights of your fifth studio album, Back in
personal favorites on the record are 'Got My Country On,' 'Let
There Be Cowgirls,' 'Dance Baby Dance,' and 'I'lll Grow My Own,'"
Cagle explained. "Then, I like 'Thank God She Left the Whiskey'
and 'Southern Girl.' I really like all of them, I like the whole
the new single "Let There Be Cowgirls." What's the story
behind that song?
I wish I had a good one," he added. "My buddy and I
had an idea and we got lucky. We sat down to write. We had a title
and I had a melody. Life just really smiled on us that day and
we got lucky."
the second single off that record. Do you know what the next one
will probably be 'Dance Baby Dance,' but I'm not sure."
now, I'm calling from southern California. What was it like playing
at the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival?
it was a blast, we had a great time," the country music singer
said. "I personally enjoyed seeing Gloriana and Phil Vassar.
I haven't seen those guys in a while. I just had a really great
time. It was beautiful weather and a great crowd."
discuss some of your upcoming tour stops. Locally, Cagle will
be performing on Oct. 11 at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar &
Grill in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
weekend, I'll be in Akron, N.Y., Traverse City, Mich. and Mendon,
Mich.," Cagle explained. "Yeah, those are full band
your thoughts on TV shows like Duets, The Voice and
America's Got Talent? Do you think they are a good way for
newcomers to get noticed?
don't watch them, I don't know," he said. "I couldn't
tell you, I don't have enough time to watch TV. If I watch TV,
it's because I taped Hell's Kitchen or Master Chef
or an awards show."
final comments before we wrap up?
just really happy that we're getting to do what we're doing out
here on the road," the country music singer added. "We're
getting to get back out and I'm blown away by the fact that this
is the fastest moving single I've ever had so far and it's only
been out two weeks. We went from No. 57 to No. 44 in two weeks,
that's huge for me. I'm really proud of the record and the response
that the fans have given us. I'm super, super thrilled with the
open arms that radio's given us. I can't say thank you enough."
more information about Chris
Cagle, visit his official website at www.chriscagle.com
or his Facebook
enjoy 7th Annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif.
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Chris Cagle performed at Detroit's Hart Plaza in May