The Comeback Queen Comes Back to Nashville

write – (n) a session in which two or more artists collaborate on music

writers round -(n) when 4, typically, artists perform original songs that they have written. Also known as a song swap, because the writers sit in a line of four and each person takes turns singing their original music.

Ryan Cabrera, Music and Me

Now that it’s all said and done, I think it’s pretty clear American Idol was the catalyst in bringing music back into my life. As much as we all fussed about my not getting a feature on the show, in the end, it really was the best thing for me.

Being sent home from Idol forced me to slow down and rediscover what I wanted for my life. I was able to take the time to figure out what I truly wanted to do with music and how to make that happen. Turns out I wanted to record an album. Something that would be the culmination of everything –  who I am, where I’ve been and where I’m going. And who better to help me with that than Ryan Cabrera?

Caroline Kraddick Ryan Cabrera

A few weeks ago, I met up with Ryan in LA. He immediately took me under his wing, showed me the ropes around the recording studio and in a short amount of time, taught me more that I could have imagined. Ryan has been in my life for years and is one of my best friends. My dad was a mentor to Ryan and he credits a lot of his success to my dad, so working with him has been a dream. I’ll forever be grateful for all that he’s done for me.

Writers Round

After traveling to LA for a few writes, I also set up some writes in Nashville. It’s very important that I have a say in the music on my album and more importantly that I help write it. You may have seen my friend, Geoff, on my Instagram (one of the dearest people to me!), and thanks to him, I got the opportunity to participate in a round with him and three buddies at Belcourt Taps. That’s when everything changed for me.

Writers rounds can be very intimate and personal. You’re not just exposing your innermost thoughts, you’re making them into music for other people to hear! I got up there and sang the songs that I’ve been working on with Ryan and Nash Overstreet and realized how much I love performing my own music. That’s when I had an epiphany.

I had a lot of writes scheduled for that week, but because the music business can be a little flaky, only two of them actually happened. That’s when I knew that in order to get anything done, I needed to be in an environment with creatives fulltime. I needed to be somewhere I could spend as much time as possible, writing and working on my art (and of course, gigging.)

The Comeback Queen

I hate to say it, but as much as I love California, I’m just not a California girl. And since I want to sing country/soul, being in Nashville makes the most sense. Here I am, again … The Comeback Queen. When I did Nashville four years ago, it just wasn’t the right time. I was in a completely different stage in my life and I wasn’t fully ready for the opportunities and responsibilities that come with being an artist.

But, I’m ready now. Doors have already opened … I mean, I got a job at Tootsie’s without even trying!

My Second Home

Caroline Kraddick celebrates her move to Nashville

I still have my apartment in Dallas and that will always be my home, but in my heart, Nashville is a close second. So, I’m back in Nashville! I signed a lease on a place so I can be here as much as possible; not only to finish my album, but to gig, and in an ideal world, get DISCOVERED (whatever the hell that means)!

I’m soaking in all the creativity and trying to make as many connections as I can. I cannot wait to see where this journey goes but wherever it does, I hope you’ll be there with me. And in the meantime, I’m like a sponge soaking it all in!



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