American Idol returns to ABC on Sunday, Feb. 19 for its Season 21 premiere.
Here’s more about Caden.
* He’s from Union, W.Va. — population 429 — and says he’s loved growing up in a small town.
* “There’s nothing like walking down the street and talking with every person who knows your last name. You don’t find these things anywhere other than a small town,” he said in a 2022 interview.
* That said, he eventually plans to move to Nashville with his folk music sound.
* Caden credits his father for exposing him to a wide range of music growing up and says his influences include Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, and The Marshall Tucker Band, as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd and James Taylor.
* He picked up banjo at age 13 and quickly learned he had a knack for it. That fueled his love of music and he eventually began songwriting as well.
* Caden released his debut single “Appalachian Skyline” in March 22.
* He followed up with a six-track EP called “The Cabin Session” in November. Check out the wonderful “Liv’s Song” from that EP below.
* Caden has more than 16,000 followers and about 125,000 likes on his TikTok.