Budding multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Canaan Cox’s debut single “Lie” garners a variety of praise following its August 4th release, including listing as an iTunes Country Hot Track, and is available now on Apple Music, Spotify, and other digital retailers.
The release of “Lie” is placing Cox on the map….
Followed by Tyler Smith from Nashville’s Newest, “With it’s intricate short licks in the verse, along with a wide-open chorus, this song takes on a refreshing dynamic. This is what makes an independent artist like Cox so special to listen to.”
Through an exclusive interview with Country Music Chat, readers learn the personal circumstance that inspired the single’s hook.
Writing this song came to me, literally, as it was happening. In the middle of the fight that ended my last relationship, I asked her if she still loved me and before she answered, I told her I her I didn’t want to know,” said Cox. “Soon as I said that, I grabbed a pen, paper, and wrote down, ‘If you don’t love me, lie.’ She didn’t find it funny but I’m so thankful for the argument. This song is full of truth with little gems hidden within the story.”
Solely written by Cox and co-produced with Matt McClure, the vocals for “Lie” were recorded at Hit Music Studios in Cox’s home state of North Carolina, while the instrumentation features a number of Nashville’s prestigious session players. The single will serve as the perfect introduction of Cox’s artistry with it’s gripping storytelling, unique acoustic guitar rift, and driving drum track.
A music video filmed throughout Nashville, including epic training footage at Music City Boxing, is to follow later this summer.
Cox’s musical influences include a wide array of talent such as Ricky Skaggs, Joe Diffie, Conway Twitty, Nickel Creek and Hanson. Cox claims that these artists have uniquely inspired him to develop the multi-instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills he acquires today.
Originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina, Cox grew up in a musical family with some of his earliest memories surrounding his grandmother playing classical piano with him at a young age. His mother was in a band where he would occasionally sing along. At the age of 9, he picked up a mandolin and taught himself to play, before further learning the fiddle and guitar soon after. He earned a degree in Musical Theatre from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.
In addition to performing regularly in Nashville, Cox also performs for Carnival Cruise Lines.