XFactor Season 2 Winner Tate Stevens Shoots 1st Music Video, Previews New Music (AUDIO & VIDEO)

If you can handle any more excitement after all the hubbub surrounding XFactor US’s Season 2 winner Tate Stevens’s signing with RCA Nashville (*ahem*), Tate is now legitimately prepping a new music video/Pepsi ad that will debut during the February 10th broadcoast of the Grammy Awards! Rolling Stone reports:

The X Factor season two winner Tate Stevens is going from one big TV show to another. The country singer will unveil a new track, “Holler If You’re With Me,” as part of a Pepsi clip to debut during the Grammys, with a full music video available online immediately afterward.

“When I won The X Factor, part of the deal was getting to do this video shoot with Pepsi and Syco Music/RCA Nashville. They’ve teamed up to do this video to get America the first look at me,” Stevens told Rolling Stone when we visited him on set in a very windy Simi Valley, California. “The whole concept is just people getting together, having a big bonfire party. That’s the idea – you’re going to a Tate Stevens concert, or party, in the middle of nowhere.”

“Holler If You’re With Me” is written by Jeremy Bussey and Drew Davis. It appears that Drew Davis may be an old friend of Tate Stevens dating back to when Tate fronted a band called The Outlaw Junkies. Tate described Drew as one of his best friends in this tweet back in November.

Check out Jeremy Bussey’s performance of “Holler If You’re With Me” from 2011 (that’s the long-haired Drew Davis jamming alongside him).

Tate stops short of describing “Holler If You’re With Me” as his lead single though, telling Rolling Stone that he favors a song called “Ordinary Angels” as a strong candidate for its message out of the 4 songs he has cut for his debut album so far. “Ordinary Angels” is cowritten by Emily Shackelton, Phil Barton, and Victoria Banks. Check out the songwriter demo:

Tate describes his musical direction as a blend of traditional and contemporary country while also elaborating on his love for 80s hair bands:

“I love George Jones’ music, I love the traditional country music. But I also love Kenny, I like Jason Aldean – I like what they do. I like everything in between. You put your own thing to it and you bring the best of what you can do,” he said. “That’s what I’m gonna try to do. Hopefully it works. You can classify it however you want – it can be George Jones or Kenny Chesney, it’s all country.”

What do you think of the 2 songs Tate has already recorded and his prospects in the country world?

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  • XoLuv2SingOx

    “ordinary angels” is a beautiful song, and i think tate will sound great singing it, but i think it’s a bit too slow for his first single. i’d need to hear tate’s studio version of “holler if you’re with me”, because the video of the songwriter singing it isn’t good enough quality to fully judge the song! i really think that if tate and his team do this album right, he could make a name for himself in country music.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I imagine Simon is all like: “Oh Tate, you want to record these songs? Sure, whatever, go ahead!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X3EBGLZMUFDHE2PTJBT266WO74 Andy

    “ordinary angels” is a loving country ballard, but hardly breaking any new ground. HE could quickly lost in a sea of new male country artists that emerged in the last couple of years (Jason Aldean, Eric Church, and yes, our very own Idol champ Scotty etc..)

  • zaclona77

    Angels is beautiful and Holler seems fairly catchy but what’s more surprising to me is that both seem to be strong songs in their own way and that I probably would listen to them no matter who is singing. Which kind of seems to imply that a good song might be much more important than a good singer (maybe – after the Idol war-horse has definitely ridden off into the sunset – the reality-show honchos should start looking into that).

    Anyway, I just wanted to make an observation. I do not follow X-Factor at all but I’ve noticed that I’m far more accepting of the X-Factor winner singing songs that he has not written than I would be of any of the Idol finalists who currently release their music. It might just be that the Idol format has beaten the “artistry” concept a bit too much over my head and the expectations on the “artist” got somehow out of hand…

  • Trina

    And I imagine being told “sure, whatever” is still better than Melanie being a given a crappy cover as her first song to be heard and then being locked away. At least theyre moving fast with Tate and these songs seem like a good representation of who he is as an artist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    Wow! I’m in love with Ordinary Angels. Definitely should be a single regardless of whether it’s the first single or not.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    I heard “truck” in HIYWM! I can’t draw any other conclusions from the video, other than that it doesn’t make me run screaming and it’s not a pseudo-coronation song.

    OA sounds like country ballads I’ve heard on the radio; I switch stations on the slow, religious songs, but obviously there’s an audience for that sound. I can see why Stevens likes the idea of releasing this song.

    Either way, better than I’d feared. Good for Stevens in getting this far.

    I imagine Simon is all like: “Oh Tate, you want to record these songs? Sure, whatever, go ahead!”

    If apathy is the name of the game with developing Stevens, letting him record what he wants is way better than sticking him with generic drek. At least Stevens would be judged based on his own genuine sound (regardless of who writes it — I count “oh, I loved this demo! it’s so me!” as genuine to the singer).

  • waynestrong

    I really like the ordinary angels song. 

  • JPA5JPA5

    Can’t imagine what Pepsi execs think of one of their spokespeople Nicki taking adios from a coke cup. Did they put Pepsi in it and do the Pepsi challenge

  • JPA5JPA5

    Sounds like at least they’re going to release his album sooner than m they did with Melanie.. What about josh, drew, astro?

  • kmd23

    Love the “Ordinary Angels” song. Sounds like it might be a hit country single to me. Good for Tate that he is able to release new music so soon. I need to hear Tate’s version of “holler if you’re with me but I bet I will like it.

  • forwarddad

    Eh. Still not a star in my eyes. Probably an opening act.

  • kmd23

    I think he has going to have a great career in country music. Is he going to be a crossover artist and have hit singles on other music charts like Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes and Lady A. ? No probably not, but then so very very few country artists are including Scotty.

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    not my cuppa… but wish him all the best…