#ASCAPProud: Jeston Cade

Jeston Cade
Jeston Cade is a Nashville based singer-songwriter.
Q. Where or when do you feel most authentically yourself? 
A. As cliché as it sounds, I feel the most authentically myself when I’m singing. Whether it’s just me in my car, in a writing session, or performing. It doesn’t matter who I’m around, and I can feel like myself.

Q. How does creating music fit into your identity?
A. When I started creating music, it was the first time I ever felt like I had a voice and what I was saying was important. Creating music has helped me become a better version of myself.  I feel like my writing became more honest when I felt comfortable being honest about who I am. 

Q. What would be the elements of your fantasy pride parade/ celebration? The sky is the limit, NO RULES. 
A. When it comes to my fantasy pride parade, I’ve never been to a Pride parade. It’s not that I’ll never go, I just haven’t felt like it’s the outlet I use to express who I am. When it comes to my sexuality, I’m reserved and more on the quiet side, unless you’re a close friend. I’m proud of who I am, and I’m proud of the LGBTQ+ community, I just choose to celebrate in other ways. That said, I love seeing people having fun and being free to express themselves through the spirit behind Pride Parade.

Q. What is your wish for the next generation of queer creators?
A. My wish for the next generation is that it’s not even a part of the conversation.  I’ve seen it hold artists and creators back, including myself. 
Instagram: @jestoncade

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