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INTRIGUERS MAKING WAVES: CADY GROVES
7/31/20

By Holly Gleason

The mixes for Bless My Heart were done. Groves was waiting out COVID quarantining for the photo/video piece that would wrap up a years-long chapter. The emo-pop star, who’d opened The Bamboozle Road Show with LMFAO, Good Charlotte, Boys Like Girls and Third Eye Blind, had returned to her heartland roots—and found allies in the SMACKSongs creative trust.

With a cover of James Blunt’s “Bartender” and her own life-cataloguing “Bless My Heart,” the impossibly musical songwriter managed to pull sunshine from dark moments and disappointment. Which made it doubly ironic when, on 5/2, the irrepressible Groves passed away.

This release, fulfilling a promise her team made to realize her musical legacy, shows the kind of joy amid darkness that made her music such a passion point for kids seeking someone who understood.