Tate Stevens

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Tate Stevens
Tate Stevens.jpg
Tate Stevens at The X Factor Top 12 Party in November 2012.
Background information
Birth nameStephen Eatinger
Born(1975-03-01) March 1, 1975 (age 38)
Belton, Missouri
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums[1]
Years active1994–2000, 2005–08, 2012–present
LabelsRCA Nashville, Syco Music
Associated actsDixie Cadillacs, Outlaw Junkies, Tate Stevens Band, The X Factor (U.S.) 2012 finalists
Websitehttp://www.tatestevensofficial.com/
 
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Tate Stevens
Tate Stevens.jpg
Tate Stevens at The X Factor Top 12 Party in November 2012.
Background information
Birth nameStephen Eatinger
Born(1975-03-01) March 1, 1975 (age 38)
Belton, Missouri
GenresCountry
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums[1]
Years active1994–2000, 2005–08, 2012–present
LabelsRCA Nashville, Syco Music
Associated actsDixie Cadillacs, Outlaw Junkies, Tate Stevens Band, The X Factor (U.S.) 2012 finalists
Websitehttp://www.tatestevensofficial.com/

Stephen "Tater" Eatinger[2][3] (born March 1, 1975),[4] known by his stage name Tate Stevens, is an American country music artist, who won the second season of the U.S. The X Factor in 2012, securing a $5 million recording contract with Syco Music and RCA Records Nashville.

After touring with a band for several years immediately after high school, Stevens returned to Missouri to settle down and raise his young family, working for the city of Belton repairing roads. He joined a local band in 2005 and formed his own band in 2008, releasing an independent album and touring on weekends and holidays. In early 2012, he auditioned for The X Factor, progressing through the various stages of the competition, until winning on December 20, 2012.

Early life[edit source | edit]

Stevens moved from Texas to Belton, Missouri as a child and grew up there, graduating from Belton High School in 1994. His father Steve had played the drums with a country band in Texas.[3] He is also a construction worker.

Music career[edit source | edit]

1994–2000: Career beginnings and Dixie Cadillacs[edit source | edit]

Stevens adopted his stage name when he was a young singer in the 1990s. He released a single in 1994 entitled "It Sure Looks Good On You".[5] Immediately after graduating high school, he began to tour as lead singer for a country band of five called the Dixie Cadillacs.[6] The band released an album in June 1996 under Calf Creek Records under their band name.[7] After touring for several years, Stevens returned to Missouri to settle down and raise his young family, working for the city of Belton, Missouri taking a construction job and later a job in the city's water department and later its street department repairing roads.[3]

2005–2008: Outlaw Junkies and Tate Stevens Band[edit source | edit]

Around 2005, he became the lead singer of the band Outlaw Junkies with Steve Koken and Robert Harmon.[8] He left that band in 2008 to form the Tate Stevens Band, a six-man ensemble that has toured extensively in the Midwest on weekends and vacations. He also wrote songs and released an independent album in 2008.[3]

2012: The X Factor[edit source | edit]

In 2012, Stevens auditioned in Kansas City, Missouri for season 2 of The X Factor singing Randy Houser's "Anything Goes" in front of judges L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and temporary judge Louis Walsh, who was sitting in for Simon Cowell. He was selected to go to boot camp where he had to sing for survival singing "Nobody Knows" against Willie Jones. He was selected to be part of the judges' houses stage competing in the top 24 in the "Over 25s" category and was mentored by L.A. Reid. He sang "Back At One" at Reid's home in front of him and guest judges Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun. Reid ultimately chose Stevens as a part of his top four.

On the first live show he sang "Tough", a Craig Morgan song and was saved by his mentor L.A. Reid. On week 2 of the live shows, he performed Bon Jovi's song "Wanted Dead or Alive" and was declared the top of the popular vote in the competition. On Week 3 live show he performed "From This Moment" by Shania Twain again placing as top vote getter for a second week in a row. On week 4 live show he performed "I'm Already There" finishing second in popular vote to Carly Rose Sonenclar; he would remain in second place during the fifth week of live shows as well. During week 6 live show Stevens went "unplugged" with "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi (for his acoustic song) and "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks (chosen by the fans as his the Pepsi Challenge song). His performance landed him back at the number one spot again. On the show's final week, Stevens performed "Tomorrow" by Chris Young and was crowned the winner of The X factor. "Tomorrow" became the official winner's single.

Performances on The X Factor[edit source | edit]

Stevens performed the following songs on The X Factor:

ShowThemeSongOriginal artistOrderResult
AuditionFree choice"Anything Goes"Randy HouserN/AThrough to bootcamp
Bootcamp 1Solo performanceNot airedThrough to bootcamp 2
Bootcamp 2Group performanceThrough to bootcamp 3
Bootcamp 3Duet performance"Nobody Knows" (with Willie Jones)Tony RichThrough to judges' houses
Judges' housesFree choice"Back at One"Brian McKnightThrough to live shows
Week 1Made in America"Tough"Craig Morgan10Saved by L.A. Reid
Week 2Songs from movies"Wanted Dead or Alive"Bon Jovi7Safe (1st)
Week 3Divas"From This Moment On"Shania Twain2Safe (1st)
Week 4Giving Thanks"I'm Already There"Lonestar1Safe (2nd)
Week 5Number-ones"Somebody Like You"Keith Urban6Safe (2nd)
Week 6Unplugged songs"Living on a Prayer"Bon Jovi6Safe (1st)
Pepsi Challenge songs"If Tomorrow Never Comes"Garth Brooks12
Semi-finalContestant's choice"Bonfire"Craig Morgan1Safe
No theme"Fall"Clay Walker5
FinalFavorite performance"Anything Goes"Randy Houser2Winner (1st)
Celebrity duets"Pontoon" (with Little Big Town)Little Big Town5
Winner's song"Tomorrow"Chris Young8
Christmas songs"Please Come Home for Christmas"Charles Brown1

2013–present: Debut album[edit source | edit]

Stevens was scheduled to move to Nashville, Tennessee in early 2013 to begin working on his debut album, with work on the album reported to begin as soon as January 2, 2013. Stevens has stated that he would like to make a predominantly "fun" record, and hoped to co-write some of the songs. He stated he would like to work with Luke Laird and Kim Tribble.[9] Stevens was signed to RCA Records Nashville on January 15, 2013.[10][11] He released his debut song "Holler If You're With Me" in a commercial produced by Pepsi, which aired during the 2013 Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013. The full-length music video for the song became available online immediately afterwards. The music video for the song used about 100 extras, and focuses on a "big bonfire party". The music video was filmed in Simi Valley, California.[12] "Power of a Love Song," which was released physically and digitally on March 12, 2013, with "Holler If You're With Me" as a B-Side,[13] served as the album's official lead single to country radio. Tate's self-titled debut album was released on April 23, 2013. The album debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200 with 17,000 copies in its first week, and received good reviews from critics.[14][15][16]

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Stevens lives in Raymore, Missouri, near Belton, both of which are part of greater Kansas City, with his wife Ashlie, whom he met in high school and married in 1997, and their son Hayden and daughter Rylie.[3]

Discography[edit source | edit]

Albums[edit source | edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart
positions
US CountryUSNZ
Tate Stevens41838

Singles[edit source | edit]

YearSinglePeak chart
positions
Album
US Country Airplay
2013"Power of a Love Song"49Tate Stevens

Other charted songs[edit source | edit]

YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Country
2013"Holler If You're with Me"50Tate Stevens

Music videos[edit source | edit]

YearVideoDirector
2013"Holler If You're with Me"
"Power of a Love Song"[18]Mason Dixon

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ Schillaci, Sophie A. (2012-12-21). "'X Factor' Winner Tate Stevens on L.A. Reid, Moving to Nashville and What's Next". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tate Stevens". Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Engle, Tim (Oct. 12, 2012). "Thanks to ‘X Factor,’ Belton’s Tate Stevens is on the road to fame". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tate Stevens Bio". Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "It Sure Looks Good On You - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dixie Cadillacs". Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dixie Cadillacs Audio CD". Amazon.com. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Burke, Eric (December 5, 2012). "Tate Stevens’ Band Mates Reminisce About Honky Tonk Hay Day". FOX4 in Kansas City. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  9. ^ 4 WKS (2012-12-21). "'X Factor' Winner Tate Stevens on L.A. Reid, Moving to Nashville and What's Next". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  10. ^ X Factor Winner Tate Stevens Signs Record Deal With Syco Music/RCA Records Nashville
  11. ^ "'X Factor' winner Tate Stevens signs record deal". USA TODAY. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/x-factor-winner-tate-stevens-set-to-debut-new-track-20130123
  13. ^ http://www.walmart.com/ip/23428133?findingMethod=rr
  14. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1706622/billboard-charts-fantasia-michael-buble.jhtml
  15. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/tate-stevens/
  16. ^ http://www.roughstock.com/reviews/album-review-tate-stevens-tate-stevens
  17. ^ "Future Releases: Country Music". All Access Music Group. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "CMT: Videos : Tate Stevens : Power Of A Love Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Melanie Amaro
Winner of The X Factor
2012
Succeeded by
TBA