Artist Name: Cade Bittner
Song Title: I’ve Gotta Be Me
ALBUM TITLE: I’ve Gotta Be Me
RELEASE DATE: September 10, 2019
Cade Bittner drops a catchy song entitled ‘I’ve Gotta Be Me.’
‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ is also the title of the album.
It comprises eight songs.
Cade impresses with his raw and symphonic vocal.
‘I’ve Gotta Be Me’ is a mix of a male vocal with jazz instrumentation.
The level of musicality is high because Cade is a great vocalist while the composition is outstanding.
Riding high on his recent #5 debut on the iTunes Jazz charts, Cade Bittner was born in Minnesota but raised on a farm in Indiana.
At 19, he moved to New York City to attend college with only fifty dollars to his name.
After graduation, Cade spent the next ten years working in Television, Film, and Entertainment between New York City and Los Angeles while never losing sight of his love for singing.
After moving to Minneapolis, Cade took the plunge and released his debut EP titled “Survivor” in 2012. Following that, he next released another EP titled “Merry Christmas” in 2013.
Cade spent the next two years focused on promoting his music, getting married, and starting a family.
In 2016 and 2017, Cade was invited to be a part of the annual charity album A MINNESOTA HOLIDAY: VOLUME 7 & 8.
After spending a year 100% dedicated to philanthropy, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society named Cade 2018 MAN OF THE YEAR after raising nearly $200,000.000 over the course of 10-weeks. His record-breaking win not only changed his life but also changed his purpose.
In September 2019, Cade released his first full-length album titled “I’ve Gotta Be Me” which debuted at #5 on the iTunes Jazz charts. The album features a duet with Shoshana Bean and a hidden track of his son, Parker, singing.
All the album proceeds from this album will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Discuss your singing ability.
I trained vocally through college but really found my voice and sound later in life. I have been singing my entire life and would like to believe I am great at it. I can sing opera, gospel, soul, country, blues, rock, and jazz.
Tell us the reason you want to sing.
I sing because I love it and was born to do it. God blessed me with the talent so I use it to the best of my ability.
Tell us your most memorable live performance.
When I sang the National Anthem at the opening ceremony for the March of Dimes 75th Anniversary March for Babies walk on in St. Paul, Minnesota at Como Park. 5,000 people were in attendance to celebrate the historic event and I will never forget it. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
Discuss how you build your song.
Since I sing covers on this album, it was more about the arrangements and how I would put my mark on these Great American Songbook classics.
Tell us how you impress your fans with your music.
I never do anything with the intention to impress. I pour my heart and soul into making music so the best way I can “impress” my fans is by releasing exceptional music that will stand the test of time.
Discuss the relevance of promotion to the music business.
Without promoting your music, no one hears it – When I coach or mentor, I talk about this career being a business. It’s not just about singing and applause. It is a business and you are the CEO of your name and/or band. If you want to last and make an impression, you have to run your business like a boss. And promotion is a huge piece of that.
Tell us what you will do apart from music.
I am married and have a 3-year-old son so when I am not doing music, I love being a Dad and spending time with family and friends. I am also heavily involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I found a way to marry my love of making music with philanthropy which has been the greatest gift to me in life. Nothing feels better than giving back or helping to leave the world a better place.
List the names of the instruments you can play.
Tell us if you have any music background.
I grew up doing musical theatre, attended college for musical theatre, and trained vocally with The Juilliard School in New York City.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist on entering the music chart.
Celebrate entering and get back to work quickly. It takes a lot of work to hit any chart and even more to stay on them. Promote, promote and promote!
Elaborate on melody and rhythm.
In my opinion, melody and rhythm are critical to a song’s success. A great melody and rhythm are what sticks with most people. Some of the biggest pop hits have weak lyrics but they are hits because people love the melody and rhythm.
State your future goals.
I am currently promoting I’VE GOTTA BE ME and then plan to celebrate its success. I still can’t believe it debuted at #5 on the iTunes Jazz charts so I plan to ride this wave as long as I can.
I am working on my first music video for the album and plan to release that by the end of the year.
I will always make music but it is also important to me to maintain a work/life balance so 2020 will be spent enjoying the album, time with my family… and dreaming of the next album.
Share your music experience with us.
I mentioned before that I trained vocally and professionally through college but really found my sound much later in life. After exploring if a record deal was right for me or not, I decided to release my music as an independent artist. I love my journey and love being able to call the shots.
Tell us the most difficult part of the recording.
Staying vocally healthy! When you have a studio booked, the engineer, the band, a specific time… you have to make sure that when it comes the time to sing, that your voice is in peak shape. It’s a lot of pressure and takes real focus on staying healthy.
Discuss the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
This is a tough one. Without naming any names or specifics, there was a time I said a vocal was okay and moved on to the next song. I was feeling rushed for time and like everyone around me was ready to move on. I ignored my gut and to this day it still bothers me that I didn’t take one more pass at the vocal – A great reminder that you are always in control and have to speak up while standing firm ground.
Tell us how you build up your composition.
Building a composition – to me – is about putting together the right songs for the album. The best songs for the project versus the songs I love to sing. It can be both but you have to think of it from a marketing perspective.
Discuss the relevance of the lyrics to the listeners.
Lyrics are an ongoing discussion in my life and circle of friends. Like I referenced before, some of the biggest pop hits have horrible lyrics. I personally will forgive bad lyrics if the melody and rhythm are catchy. The majority of people will. But when it comes to musical theatre, I do not accept bad lyrics. In musicals, they have to tell a story and further the plot. It isn’t something you can ignore – you have to really listen.
Elaborate on the song.
I’VE GOTTA BE ME was immortalized by Sammy Davis, Jr. and has been recorded by many artists. The song has always been an anthem for me and the first song I decided would go on the record. It’s all about loving yourself and owning your individuality. It’s about going after your dreams and staying true to who you are.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
My artist name is my birth name. When I was growing up, I hated it because it was unique and people always mispronounced it. The older I got, the more I grew to love it and realized that it made me stand out. I also knew it would look fabulous on a marquee! The title of my album is I’VE GOTTA BE ME. The song is my anthem and one of my favorite songs in the world.