Imagine if The National made a Taylor Swift record endorsed by Chris Martin, Jack Antonoff, and Ben Folds—now you essentially have a Cade Hoppe record. No matter whose music inspires comparison, Cade sets himself apart from others in the pop landscape with his warm, baritone vocals complemented by earnest lyricism and sticky pop melodies. “It’s clear that Hoppe puts a lot of heart and soul into his lyrics,” wrote IndieWavves, “He has definitely found his voice and is someone who has truly mastered poetic songwriting.”
In 2020, Cade (with the help of his stepbrother, Nick Adams) spent two summer months in his hometown of El Dorado Hills, California recording a collection of songs released in October under the title Poor Man’s Love. This piano alt-rock project solidified Cade’s passion for a career in music and came to be seen as the preface to the first real chapter, kicking off with his indie-pop debut “Loverly High” in May of 2021.
“Loverly High” was the first single in a series of ongoing collaborations that this NYC-based artist has done with indie pop-duo Eighty Ninety’s Harper James, a producer who has played an integral role in refining Cade’s sound. Divine Magazine praised the song saying, “His baritone vocal combined with clever lyrics and mesmerizing production is more than enough to hook any listener, but it’s the cinematic, sing-along-on-the-first-listen chorus that will never let them go.” Six weeks later, Cade released the follow-up upbeat indie pop single, “On My Way Down”. The song was premiered by Bands do BK, commenting they’ll be “listening to ‘On My Way Down’ on repeat for the rest of summer (and maybe eternity).” Next came anthemic heartbreak single, “Click Boom Run,” at the end of July premiered by IndieWavves, calling it “soulful” and “impassioned” in a pop genre that “seldom sees meaningful ballads”. Cliché Magazine added: “It’s the kind of song that many people will relate to, but if they can’t they’ll wish they could.”
In the fall, Cade released heartfelt soft-pop single, “Afterparty,” leading up to the October release of debut EP, Tell Me How It’s Worth It, and focus single, “Borrowed Time”. Of this freshman release, Lunar Sonar wrote: “On his debut EP, he showcases his raw talent and knack for making tracks that are catchier than a cold, even without extensive experience in the industry yet.” New Scene Magazine added: “Cade Hoppe is exactly what the indie-pop genre needed.”
In 2022, Cade kicked things off with his new single, "Hurts," a song about what it feels like to break up with your significant other and grapple with their absence—even when you were the first one to say goodbye. Jammerzine called it "a song with a story and a past," and Silence & Sound added: "‘Hurts’ sounds like if Chris Martin of Coldplay produced a record for LA based band, LANY (especially as Hoppe’s vocal tone and lyricism strongly echoes that of Paul Klein), and already sounds like a track that should be on heavy-rotation on mainstream radio stations."
Then in March, Cade put out his most vulnerable song to date—one about the crushing weights of life numbing you up until they eventually kill you—with "Morphine". This song had the privilege getting One's To Watch's coveted "Now Watching" playlist-add; and of the song, The Honey Pop said, "The raw emotion in this track and the breathtaking vocals combined have us in a state of full-body chills."