Courtesy of Tate Stevens
By Tricia Despres
Tate Stevens was content with never seeing his musical dreams come true.
After a stint touring with various bands, he returned to his Missouri home in Belton and dedicated himself to taking care of his family. He was fine with giving up a life of music. His family, however, was not.
“My wife and kids pushed me to go try out for X Factor in the first place,” he says. “X Factor was coming to Kansas City, but the last thing I wanted to do is go stand out there with thousands of people. That’s when my wife said she would stand with me. I couldn’t say no.”
Armed with gentle humility and a voice compared to Toby Keith’s, The X Factor season-two winner and budding country music star is now realizing his musical dreams.
“From a very young age, I remember my dad bringing me up on stage and singing a tune,” says Tate, whose father was also a talented musician. “I started playing the drums at four and taught myself to play acoustic guitar in high school. I knew I was meant to perform.”
Now with his self-titled debut album released this past April and its lead single, “Power of a Love Song,” Tate says he is beginning to realize that his musical dreams are coming true. Joining icon Alan Jackson on tour dates later this year, Tate says his hometown of Belton remains near to his heart.
“I am commuting back and forth to Nashville, but I miss home all of the time,” he says. “I love what I am doing, bu tmy career will never change me. My family and friends will make sure of that.”