The Life of a Pirate by Cady Groves This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

August 9, 2010
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Every day I wake up to the blaring laughter of my alarm clock, smack it, and grab my iPod. See, part of my morning routine is listening to my “Wake Up” playlist. Some of the music is uplifting, like Group 1 Crew; some is quiet and happy, like Jack Johnson; and some puts the worries out of my head, like Mika. But the one artist who does it all is Cady Groves.

This country/pop star started singing when she was 7, and now, at 21, still radiates with musical talent. Her first album, “A Month of Sundays,” came out in 2009, and listeners raved. Five months later, Cady released “The Life of a Pirate” on iTunes, and people once again were blown away by her voice and lyrics. She's been featured in songs by bands like Plug In Stereo, Breathe Electric, and the artist Ethan Gibson.

The lyrics of Cady's songs describe both dream-like fantasies and realistic memories of passion that all ages can enjoy, though most of her fans are teenagers. Free of vulgar language and adult content, Cady sings of teenage love and loss with a Southern accent. Most of her songs have guitar, piano, clapping, and drums. No ­computer-generated electronic sounds here; the music is played by her or the band.

“Changin Me” is a moving song about living life to the fullest, while the title track is about escaping the drama and hubbub of the world. “A Town Like This” has relaxing vocals with her soothing guitar-playing behind it, and the sad but inspiring “Phoenix” teaches us that we can move on after a break-up.

By the time I am ready to head out the door, I'm awake. I'm not sure whether I have my mint toothpaste to thank or my “Wake Up” playlist, but one thing is for sure: Cady Groves definitely has something to do with it.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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singersongwritertobe said...
Jan. 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Cady groves, she honestly is my role model. i write my own songs, and soon plan to record my music almost just like hers(: i saw her at Bamboozle Roadshow and she is a extremely sweet girl and her voice is EXACTLY THE SAME, now you can't tell me you'll find any hip-hop artist doin' that? i actually like hip-hop so im not dissing it but most singer-songwriters tend to not alter their voices at all in recordings, ad cady groves has to... (more »)

kspinit said...
Nov. 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm

love cady groves, love changin me, love this review



horsegirl27 said...
Oct. 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm
I have never heard of this song before but I will look it up! Thanks!
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