Kayden McCarthy

FRESH: ‘Neverland’ EP – Kayden McCarthy

Kayden McCarthy returns with his “Neverland” EP.

by Christopher Smith

The song “Neverland” circles around a relationship and encompasses feelings not restricted to reality. Hence, “Neverland”, a fictional place described in old fairy tales, is a place where each party can experience emotions only available in a world of fantasy. The track is the lead single off Chicago based musician Kayden McCarthy’s upcoming EP and plans for promotion circle heavily around influencers, spotify, apple music and deezer playlists, radio play, a music video and broadcasted interviews.

Born alongside the coast New Jersey, Kayden began his musical journey in the city of Amsterdam, NL where he spent the better part of his childhood. Later moving to central Illinois and eventually settling in Chicago, it became clear to Kayden that music was evidently going to play a large role in life. Influenced by late 90’s rock’n’roll, early 2000’s hip hop and modern day electro pop music, Kayden uses attributes developed early in life to apply to his unique sound, ranging anywhere from drifting towards soft house markets to seeking comfort behind his acoustic guitar. Kayden’s ability to strain together vocals in a Harry Styles-like manner, combined with his incredible passion for songwriting makes him just as hungry for musical success than anyone.

Kayden made his debut only last year with the single “Need You Like I Do” and has already released a further eight tracks together with his debut album “Amsterdam” earlier this year. “Neverland” follows the release earlier this year of “Feel You Again” and “Stay Tru”. Kayden states that: “I love nothing more than taking an audience on a journey by telling stories through some great song lyrics. I use my experiences of living 10 years in Amsterdam, 9 years in Bloomington, IL, and now running 3+ years in Chicago, IL to bring out emotions in a song that otherwise are not normally uncovered in everyday life. Ultimately hope to bring some relief to the struggles the world is currently going through, even if it’s just 5 minutes at a time”.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!