Dallas native and Country Music newcomer Troy Cartwright has the “it” factor. His music is authentic, raw and wouldn’t you know it – country. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter is about as real as it gets. His debut single “Busted” is a somber tune that finds the irony in a broken down truck, which resembles the broken down relationship he once knew. There is something rather intriguing about Cartwright and his style. Although more traditional country inspires his sound, he also has some edge and southern rock flair that surrounds him. He is musically brilliant and exceptionally talented.
Get to know Troy Cartwright better in this breaking the ice interview.
1. Where are you answering these questions from & what are you wearing?
I am sitting here in the beautiful BNA Airport waiting for my flight to leave.
2. What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
I am the songwriter in chief for my namesake band Troy Cartwright and my favorite thing about my job is getting to perform my songs for people all over the world.
3. What are 3 things you CAN NOT live without?
I gotta have my morning Starbucks. I am also addicted to my Kindle and if I did not have my iPhone I would be both literally and figuratively lost.
4. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Scroll twitter and then order Starbucks from my mobile app so it’s ready when I get there.
5. What’s your favorite cartoon character?
Is CatDog one or two characters?
6. What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
7. What is your favorite thing about being a male artist?
Usually, the lines for the restrooms are shorter AND I like having regular access to pockets.
8. At what age did you know that you wanted to be a performer?
When I was twelve and I would sit in the back of my mom’s minivan on the way to church listening to my walkman. I’d imagine singing those songs to a packed crowd and I’ve had the bug ever since.
9. Who is your favorite country singer from the 90’s?
Alan Jackson or the Dixie Chicks.
10. Do you have a favorite item in your closet?
Yes, all of my denim shirts.
11. Do you have a favorite place to perform?
Any listening room is always my favorite spot.
12. What’s one gift you will never forget?
The guitar I got for Christmas when I was twelve years old.
13. What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
I am really interested in the push to reform the agreements between publisher’s and digital music services. A judge recently ruled that Pandora has to pay ASCAP a certain percentage of their revenue and I think that’s a positive step forward to make sure songwriters and artists are compensated fairly. I have always been a big proponent of streaming services and their ability to help us connect and find new fans. I have tremendous faith in both the streaming services and the publishers to work towards a solution that allows us all to be successful.
14. Do you think country music should evolve?
I think it already is! The great thing about country music is that there are so many different varieties and the listener has never had more opportunity to choose what they want to listen to.
15. What’s one super power you wish you had?
16. You’re making your favorite sandwich… what’s on it?
Chicken Salad, the really chunky kind with grapes and other fruit mashed into it.
17. Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
I am so into Jason Isbell, particularly his SouthEastern record. Jason has such songwriting depth and he has always been true to his sound and his emotion and I really admire that.
18. What makes you laugh out loud?
FailArmy videos on facebook.
19. Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
someone plays Journey.
20. Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
feel extremely grateful to be a part of. Country music and music, in general, has been such a huge part of my life and I’m excited to see where things go from here.
Have you had a chance to check out Troy Cartwright yet? Let us know what you think of him.