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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Thirsty Thursday Featuring Lia Caton

Photo Credit: Kristie Schram

Thank you for chatting with us Lia. For newer fans, how did your passion for music and career come about? When I was little, I would sit with my father’s record player and listen to his vinyl collection over and over for hours. It gave me an appreciation for all different types and genres of music. Then when I saw the “Wizard of Oz”, I became obsessed with Dorothy and Judy Garland. I sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow a million times. Singing became a passion and songwriting would soon follow. The first song I remember writing was when I heard Debbie Harry’s song Call Me. I re-wrote the lyrics about a phone company commercial. Not my best work but it was a start!

What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music?

Study your craft and define what success means to “YOU,” not how it’s defined by the industry.

You recently released your new single, The Only Thing Missing Is You, that you also co-wrote. Tell us about the writing process and where the idea came from. The song The Only Thing Missing Is You was written with my co-writer Benji Harris and was the first song we collaborated on. It started off as an idea about love and loss and how when we lose someone, we need to move on, but it can be a struggle. The person is gone, and life goes on, but the love remains. It only took 30 minutes before we were both in tears, as the song was just very emotional to write. The song and video turned out better than I could have imagined. I hope this one brings peace and healing to listeners.

How was it filming the video for Hell or High Water? Filming the video for Hell or High Water was true to the title. We originally had a two-week schedule laid out for filming and production, but it ended up taking eight months! After our first night of filming, myself and half the crew came down with COVID and that knocked us out for a while. Some of us had prolonged health issues that added to the delay. When we finally got back up and running, we had to address some issues, including reshooting the opening scene with my dog Marley. Marley was supposed to play my childhood dog Winnie, but she had unfortunately gotten very sick and passed away before filming. The video was also supposed to take place in the fall, but when we started filming again, it was spring. So, in the opening of the video, the seasons transition from spring to fall, which actually adds depth to the story. It took a lot of perseverance to complete this video, but come Hell or High Water, we were getting it done! I’m so happy with the finished product. What’s the story behind your album’s title? I called the album Someone Like You because while each song is very personal to me, I hope that they represent feelings and emotions relatable to all who listen. My album is a shared story of connection with Someone Like You.

What is an example of a menu you would prepare if I came over? I don’t cook often, and my family will tell you I’m not known for my cooking. However, one thing I can make is a mean lasagna, salad and rolls with cannoli from a local bakery.

Favorite music to listen to while you cook? I always listen to the curated Spotify playlist “Coffee Table Jazz”. It makes me feel classy and I think the food will taste better if there’s good restaurant music playing while it’s cooking.

What’s your favorite cooking show? Chopped! Since I’m not the best cook, I love watching how the contestants take different ingredients and create something fantastic – most of the time! I always end up learning something new.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?

My Father (deceased)

Dolly Parton – She’s a hoot and I love her energy and talent!

John Denver – I love his music and I’d like to learn about his creative process.

Oprah Winfrey – I love and relate to her story of all she overcame. I find her incredibly inspiring.

Finally, if you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why?

Daily Harvest! It promotes health and is easy to prepare. As a mother and artist, it is hard to

stay healthy and their options allow me to make sure everyone gets a healthy smoothie that

we can all prepare on the run.

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About Lia Caton

Lia Caton is a tenacious country artist and songwriter splitting her time between Naperville, Ill., a Chicago suburb, and Music City. Her kind heart and strong spirit are readily apparent with each of her projects as she infuses her mission to heal, inspire and advocate for causes close to home. As a child, Lia witnessed her father’s struggle with addiction and homelessness. Overcoming this kind of childhood adversity, this soulful tunesmith moved from a suburb of Boston to the “Windy City” to pursue a music career. Inspired by the sultry vocal tones of Bonnie Raitt and Wynonna Judd, Caton’s signature sound is raw but recognizably intimate as she narrates her own human experience. Her first release, Spare Some Time, released in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020), was Lia’s effort at spreading kindness and connectivity by valuing people from all walks of life. Along with homelessness, Lia champions children’s causes and animal advocacy, since Lia and her family have experienced the joy a rescue pet can bring to a home. Beyond the stage, this mom and wife rejuvenates in nature whether hiking, horseback riding or hitting the ski slopes. Her latest single, Trouble, was a co-write with Benji Harris (previous hits in the CMT Top 20 countdown) with production by Sean Giovanni (John Legend, Tim McGraw, and Big & Rich).


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