LEWISBURG, WV (05/02/2013)(readMedia)– Opening night of the 2013 State Fair of West Virginia will feature Tate Stevens, Fox’s X Factor’s Season 2 winner and Syco Music/RCA Nashville recording artist. His self-titled debut album has debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart this week. The album, produced by Blake Chancey, features his current single, “Power Of A Love Song.” Stevens co-wrote three songs on the album, which also features such acclaimed songwriters as Carson Chamberlain, Dallas Davidson, Drew Davis, Joe Diffie, Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Wade Kirby, Shane Minor, David Lee Murphy, and Rivers Rutherford, among others.
“I am so proud of this album and so excited that music fans have chosen to spend their hard-earned money to buy it,” said Stevens. “It has been my life-long goal to record an album that people would enjoy, and to see it debut at No. 4 is truly a dream come true. I am a blessed man and so thankful for all my fans.”
GAC’s Daryl Addison raves, “Tate demonstrates an impressive feel for building tightly-woven and fluid melodies… Tate packs a lot into each vocal performance, the result of which is an album full of introductions to his everyman personality.”
Music critic Chuck Dauphin writes, “what really sets Stevens apart is his way with a ballad. Whether it be on the stunning ‘Ordinary Angels’ or on his current single ‘Power of a Love Song,'” he demonstrates a depth that brings to mind artists such as one of his biggest influences, Garth Brooks. Tate Stevens shows on his debut album that he’s got the talent to be a long-term voice in this business.”
The Hollywood Reporter stated that Stevens “makes a country debut, that….shows he may have what it takes to hang in Nashville.”
His August 9th State Fair of West Virginia performance is free with paid gate admission. “I can’t think of a better way to open the State Fair. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to identify artists who are on the rise. We want our fair fans to say “we saw them first at the State Fair of Virginia grandstand”! Tate Stevens may just be in in for the long run!”, stated, State Fair of WV, CEO, Marlene Pierson-Jolliffe.
The 2013 State Fair is themed “Feel the Magic” and is scheduled August 9-17, 2013. . The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.