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Introducing: Cardye

posted March 22, 2016, 9:03 am by Carlita | Filed Under Artist Development, Introducing | comment Leave a Comment


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Since an early age, Raleigh repping R&B artist Cardye’s never been afraid to take matters into his own hands. Recalling his first musical memory in church at 10 years old, not satisfied with the way the church band sounded, he took it upon himself to get behind the kit and just start playing, finishing the rest of the service and’s been hooked on music ever since. Continuing this self-starter theme, he taught himself to play the bass and loved learning to play the electric guitar “because of the amount of freedom you can have on any song at any time”, blurring boundaries allowing one to “ play in and out of the box”.

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When considering early influences and musical heroes, Cardye credits guitar greats Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Mayer for solidifying his love for the axe and mentions Lauryn Hill and The Roots as additional sources of inspiration. Along this early stimulus thread, if he assembled a hypothetical music fest at 13 years old, he’d enlist Aaliyah, Common, Jay-Z and Michael Jackson to play, creating a line-up any R&B and hip-hop fan would pay to see. Although his love for these genres is evident, Cardye steps out of the comfort zone and mentions Kenny G as a surprising find within his music collection, unknowingly soaking up the sax sounds on early family trips to visit his grandfather.

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Stepping into adulthood, Cardye’s guitar handiwork’s been featured on Trey Songz’s “Interlude 4 U” and he’s brought his brand of urban, smooth and sexy music live, impressively sharing stages with the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Avant, Kem, Ledisi and Tank. Remaining appreciative of these opportunities and keeping things in perspective, each experience provided a chance to learn and grow and he stood thankful when his fellow performers took time amid the hectic backstage frenzy to chat with him. Cardye even re-connected with Tank in ATL recently who’d remembered him from an opening spot in Raleigh!

Looking ahead to the future and the legacy he wants to leave behind, Cardye’s mission remains art creation (music and graphic artwise) and to spread positivity in order to reach his fan’s souls. Understanding an artist’s responsibility to make music with ripple effects, life and love are supreme. Staying true to the core of his authentic self and messages with substance, there’s nothing this NC artist can’t accomplish.

Visit Cardye’s site HERE!

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