Caleb Lovely joins us to speak about his newest single release “With Him Tonight,” an uplifting track encouraging his listeners to know that they deserve the best in life.
Welcome, Caleb! It’s great to have you here! You have a new release! Congrats. Tell us about the song?
First thank you so much! I originally wrote this song with some other Nashville writers, Morgan Brown and Steve Lester. We’ve written a couple of songs together that will definitely be released in the near future. I took the work tape from the day and re-envisioned it to fit what I felt moves me. Instrumentally I wanted the song to be reminiscent of early 2000’s pop rock records with country music instrumentation. I had a blast recording Dobro, mandolin, Banjo.
It’s a song for all the women and even men who feel undervalued in a relationship, who feel stuck.
I’ve learned that there is someone out there in the world that wants to show you how to truly live and help show you what you’re made of. There is someone who will think you’re out of this world. This song feels like summer love; whether that’s loving yourself or someone else, it’s about knowing what you deserve and feeling good about that.
How is this song different from previous releases?
This music is the most alive music I’ve ever created. I poured everything into it, all the sounds and instruments that inspire me. I’m inspired by the songwriting of country music paired with the euphoric anthems of pop music. I’ve never been able to choose between the two. Both genres are critical to creating that priceless feeling only music can give.
I hope the new songs make fans remember why music is magic. I hope it makes them feel the way I felt when I was making it. I felt like I just discovered music for the first time, and all I wanted to do was drive with the windows down, blasting the volume, feeling every note and lyric. I hope the new music is the soundtrack to your memories.
What band or artist has influenced your music the most?
That’s a tough one. I learned early on that if I wanted to be somebody, there was no better “somebody” than myself. I take that very seriously. When I’m writing, I’m not trying to emulate other people, I’m writing what moves me and how it makes me feel. I’m really inspired by like minded creatives who do everything to the extent that I do.. from writing, engineering, playing instruments, guys like Ryan Tedder and Jack Antonoff are changing the game. In my mind being an artist requires nothing less than doing it all.
At what age did you start playing the guitar?
I’ll never forget around nine years old I saw Lenny Kravitz playing a Gibson Les Paul on MTV and I started begging my dad for a guitar. Living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania we would often go to media stories like Sam Goody and MediaPlay. They had a guitar section and I would spend ALL of my time in that part of the store, looking, dreaming, tinkering. Almost every time from 9-11 years old I would leave the store crying because my dad said “I’d never stick with it” I would reply “I’m gonna grow up and be a successful rockstar and buy all of my own guitars, just you wait.”
Literally 24 hours later from that conversation was my 12th birthday.. and my dad had bought me my first guitar.. a deep blue fender strat with a rosewood neck. The first thing I did was strap it on, crank up my boom box cueing Lenny Kravitz’ “are you gonna go my way” and proceeded jumping up and down on the bed with sunglasses on.
The rest is history.
I never had a specific instance where I thought “man! I’m gonna be a singer for a living!!” Ha! It was just a natural progression. I still haven’t had the conversation with myself about doing this full time.. though it’s been almost a decade in! Music is the only thing that has always made sense to me.
I’ve built my life around it since I was a kid, so I wouldn’t say there was really a conscious decision or motive behind it. It’s simply who I’ve always been.
Who or what inspires you the most?
Love. Always love.
Where can fans listen to your music and find you online?
The best way to keep in touch with me is @caleblovely on Instagram! see what’s going on with exclusive live acoustic sets, links to special events, and behind the scenes footage! The music will be available on every streaming and purchasing platform you can think of. Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon just to name a few.