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CNN Radio Music Notes: Country's last hero
Season 2 winner of FOX's The X-Factor, Tate Stevens released his self-titled major label album on April 23, 2013.
April 28th, 2013
06:35 AM ET

CNN Radio Music Notes: Country's last hero

By Gavin Godfrey, CNN

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(CNN) – For a long time, Tate Stevens enjoyed the life of an Average Joe with a golden voice. All of that changed when Tate became the winner of FOX's "The X-Factor" Season 2.

Tate sat down with CNN Radio Music Notes to talk about his backstory, the process of recording his self-titled album on Syco/RCA Nashville and his thoughts on the current state of country music.

Before he was ever a potential star in the music scene, he was a little kid sitting on his dad's lap singing Merle Haggard tunes and by 16-years-old , he knew what he wanted to do in life:

[4:34] "When I graduated high school I went on the road. I was chasing it, man. You get that feeling, you know what you're supposed to do or you think you know what you're supposed to do."

After a failed stint with his old band, Dixie Cadillac, Stevens had to get a job to support his family and then "The X-Factor" came calling. Now, Tate has his debut album, "Tate Stevens," out in stores, he says the stakes in his life have never been higher:

[9:08] "For me and my family there's a pressure to do well and there's a pressure to make it. There is no plan B. This is it."

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