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“I’m a firm believer that success/happiness is all about progress. As long as things continue to move in a forward direction, as long as 2019 doesn’t look like 2020, as long as numbers continue to grow...” Canaan, how did you start playing Country music? Being from Hendersonville (NC), Country music thrived and it isn’t a surprise that I ended up pursuing it with my dad blasting Conway Twitty and my mom being in a small band herself. I grew up surrounded by Country, Blue Grass, southern Rock and with seven sisters who, between them all, listened to everything from Smashing Pumpkins to the 90’s Boy Bands, and a brother who was way too much into Classic Rock. When I first started writing and playing I was quick to learn the Country that was on the radio at the time (Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan) and still rock them now. However, my very first CD I ever bought was Michael Jackson’s “INVINCIBLE”. Surrounded by all these varieties of music, my heart is so full when it comes to old school pop (MJ, Stevie Wonder, Whitney). As things progress and I’m touring more and more, I’ve found my writing and performance style reflects that. Was there a specific moment or person that made you realize that music is something that you wanted to pursue professionally? I don’t think there was a specific moment or anyone in particular but I learned early on that I love being the center of attention. Not in the vain way that most think about with that phrase but I simply love to entertain. Whether it’s a house party, early on it was in the class room, and I wanted to chase something where I could do just that on a major level. I was gifted with the talents and utilized them to get me on the stage. That does make sense! Let’s talk about your new single “Obvious” a little bit! Well that’s a longer story than you probably have time for! However, the sparks

note version: An old flame had just sparked back up and we were in this back and forth conversation of “why me, you could have anyone so what makes me so special” talk and I said,” isn’t it obvious”. The rest kind of wrote itself. I thought it was fascinating that you could feel so much for someone and yet they have no idea the smallest things they do can make you weak. So I wrote a song about it. What are you working on now? I am a Christmas loving fool! Like, I have to force myself not to listen to Christmas music in July! So that being said, I’ve been working on my Christmas single “What Christmas Means to Me” since late September and getting excited for its release and possible music video. This year was also one for the books as far as touring goes. One of the busiest years I’ve had and definitely already in the works on 2020 kicking off January with a West Coast tour.

“ want my music to “I be the soundtrack of someone’s life” What are some music industry-related goals that you aim to reach in the next couple of years? The music industry is a funny little thing. It’s very much a “hurry up and wait” kind of game. So I could sit here and say headlining tours, arena stages, opening for huge acts, but I’m a firm believer that success/happiness is all about progress. As long as things continue to move in a forward direction, as long as 2019 doesn’t look like 2020, as long as numbers continue to grow, more fans fill the venues… I’ll reset my goals accordingly. But if you’re

looking for the dream answer, signed and a new single released to radio within 2020 and on the bill with an up and comer. Who are some artists you would love to tour with and why? Thomas Rhett! His vibe and style of Country music is right where I am. It’s a bit cross over Country/Pop vibe but I think Country music has always been about the lyrics. So no matter what the production sounds like, the songs are still 120% relatable and hit home for so many. So being on the road with him would be a dream come true and I think the audience would be in for one hell of an entertaining show. What impact do you want your music to have on today’s society? I’m nowhere close to where I see myself but even now, at this level, my Instagram and Facebook DM’s blow up every day with people reaching out about a song of mine. How they’re going through something, that this song is exactly how they feel about this person. I’ve received lengthy emails from people from across the pond with these beautiful stories of how one of my songs is a huge part of their love life. In one of my first interviews I ever had I was asked a similar question and I think my answer remains the same. “I want my music to be the soundtrack of someone’s life”. What makes Nashville so special to you? The tacos. Website: www.canaancox.com Instagram: @canaancox Photo by Dustin Kirkendall

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