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Listening to the music of Cap Bailey, you might think he hails from the big city. But, you would be wrong. Very wrong. “I am from Hot Springs, AR,” says Cap. His earliest memories were of Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights – like so many from the south. “My mom and dad were big church-goers, so that’s where I grew up,” he recalls.
Bailey’s earliest musical memories included being heavily influenced by a pair of members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. “I remember listening to a lot of old-school Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings,” he said. As he got older, he began to expand his musical horizons through Jason Aldean and Colt Ford.” Just as influential as Country Music was his love of Rap and Hip Hop. “I also listened to a lot of hip hop like Lil’ Wayne, so I picked up a lot of slow patterns when I rap. That’s where I come from musically.”
As Cap Bailey got older, he found himself listening to more and more of those styles of music – and the deep meaning behind the words of the songs. “I’ve always loved lyrics. I met this guy in college and we started freestyling at parties and stuff. I just enjoyed doing it. It was a lot of fun. It led to a lot of fights,” he recalls with a laugh. “I started writing and recording about five or six years ago.”
Bailey says that writing a song requires a process that he tries to follow. “I try to pick up from the vibe without words, and I try to start writing based from a certain scenairo or an experience. It could also be based on the instrumental part that I might be hearing. Lyrics and how the wordplay goes together inside of the beat. Ending one word like back and starting the next sentence with rack, it just seems a little more tight and seamless. I feel like that wordplay is something that I definitely go for.”
The lyrics of Bailey’s music – such as “I Do This“ or “Owl’s Out” stem from his real life experiences. He says he feels a responsibility to be true to who he is and where he comes from. “I started out doing mainstream urban, but I never experienced living on the street,” he admits. Rather, he tells stories about what he knows. “I have experiences like a lot of country artists – dealing with pride, kicking it with your friends on the river or a back road. I’m from Arkansas, which is rural. We do a lot of that kind of stuff, and that’s what I’d like to bring to the music.”
Bailey is in the process of working on his debut project for Average Joes Entertainment. He hopes listeners will appreciate the time and the care to detail that he has tried to apply to his record. “The most creative aspect of it surrounds how the producer makes the beat. We just try to make the music sound interesting. I don’t want to ever have a song out that is not creative in a sense. I don’t want to have a song that just takes up space. I want every one of my songs to be timeless.”
Working with Shannon Houchins and Colt Ford at Average Joes is something that Bailey looks at as a privilege. “They are most definitely cool and laid back. They let the artists do their thing, because they realize if the artists all sounded alike, the music wouldn’t have any appeal. They’re good about letting you do what you feel. They’ll give you pointers and such, but you’re very free to create. When I play Shannon one of my songs, he’s very excited. I think it’s ultra-fun to be confident and not scared of failure. That helps artists to make the best music they can make when they’re not worried about being judged for anything.”
The music and lyrics of Cap Bailey are about real life – HIS LIFE. “It’s so fun to talk about my experiences in the songs. It’s so fun to take the music back home and let all my friends hear it.”
What are Cap Bailey’s goals for his music and his career? He’s trying to keep it simple – and real. “Just meeting my idols, and getting to do this for a living – that’s the most important thing. Every day is an adventure. I’m just taking one day at a time…..”