by Tracy Darlington
truth is that we have a huge God with an enormous love for us, that
will pick us back up again and bring us to His safe place."
BIO:CADIA is a derivative of the ancient Greek word Arcadia meaning ‘a place of peace.' Long time friends Tori and Courtney have banded together to create just such an atmosphere with their music.
Setting precedent with their recent groundbreaking video "Inside Out," the official theme song and video for Women of Faith's "Revolve Tour," the two are making good on their resolution to encourage young women toward establishing identity in Christ.
Tracy: When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician?
Courtney: Ever since I was young, I remember putting on shows for my family. The fireplace was the stage! I would always tell them I wanted to be a performer!
You say in your bio, “Building a relationship with Christ is a journey, not an event.” Can you explain?
Courtney: So many people think that when you accept Christ to be your Lord and Saviour, that it's a one time deal. In my case, I would get extremely discouraged if I had a bump in the road because I thought I was letting God down. When really, He doesn't expect us to be perfect. He wants us to be in constant communication Him and to make this journey together. God loves us and wants to spend time with us.
Philippians 4:6-7 is a key verse for Cadia. Why is that verse special to you?
Courtney: This verse talks about learning to pray about everything in our lives, not just when we want something. It talks about laying aside our worries to ultimately find a place of peace, which is what Cadia means.
How did you get involved with the Women of Faith “Revolve Tour”?
Courtney: The theme for the Revolve Tour this past year was "Inside Out". They were looking for a song that was about living from the inside out. Nicole Nordeman wrote the song for us and we had the opportunity to do a music video with the Revolve staff.
Tell us about your song “Trust in Me Now”?
Courtney: “Trust in Me Now” is one of my favorite songs on the record. It talks about how there is pain in this world and sometimes it seems like we will never escape it. The truth is that we have a huge God with an enormous love for us, that will pick us back up again and bring us to His safe place.
What is Cadia’s mission?
Courtney: Our goal as Cadia is to be transparent and real. We want our listeners to know that we are just like them. We go through hard times and have hard days -- not everything is going to be perfect. We want to be an encouragement through our music.
How has Joy Williams’ music affected your life?
Courtney: One of her songs helped me through a difficult time in high school, as well as many other of my peers at the time.
What message do you hope people will come away with when they listen to Cadia?
Courtney: Hope! A hope to carry on even when life is tough. There is something worth living for!
What’s the biggest obstacle in your life God’s helped you overcome?
Tori: The biggest obstacle in my life is my mom battling breast cancer. That was a hard time to watching my mom be in so much pain. God brought us through that. But it's also hard dealing with the reality that I or my sisters might one day have to go through that.
How can someone know that they are loved by God?
Tori: Because He died on the cross for our sins! He died for us and that shows how much He loves every single one of us. His love is so big. Think about how much your parents love you and how much you love your parents. He loves us even more than that!
In your opinion what steps should people take if they want to get closer to God?
Tori: Read the Bible every day, and pray every day. Just take time and spend one on one time with God. That has really helped my relationship with God grow.
What steps do you take to stay on track spiritually?
Tori: The steps I take to stay on track spiritually would be reading my Bible, praying, surrounding myself with Godly people. I think that a constant communication with God is so important.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to reach their friends for Christ?
Tori: I would tell them to love that person and pray for them. Get to know them and build a trusting relationship with them.
If you could say one thing to this generation what would you say?
Tori: I would say, "It is ok to be yourself." I think that it's easy for people to try and be something that they are not. We should embrace the person that God has made us to be.
What’s the most memorable place Cadia has performed?
Tori: That would be Shallotte, North Carolina. The day we performed there we got to go to the beach. It was so nice and relaxing.
Is there anything you do to beat stress and keep in shape while on the road?
Tori: I try to walk around a lot. Especially if we are doing a lot of sitting in a dressing room, I like to just get up and walk around the church.
Anything else you’d like to share with TitleTrakk.com readers?
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.