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 on their debut, self-titled CD. 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. The album delivers high-energy pop/rock, chock full of catchy hooks, insightful lyrics, and insanely singable melodies.
“We are just normal people,” says Courtney, who has not yet celebrated her twentieth birthday. “I just want to be real with these girls. I want to tell them that I’ve been in their shoes, and I know how hard life can be. Life isn’t always chocolate and roses. Sometimes life really stinks. But that’s okay. Building a relationship with Christ is a journey, not an event.”
Tori concurs. “You’re not always going to feel beautiful, and we totally understand that. We don’t always feel pretty. We don’t have it all together. We are not perfect; not even close to it. But because of that, I think girls can relate to us. It gives us the opportunity to meet them where they are.”
Their music crosses traditional boundaries of age and gender, appealing to teenyboppers, rock ‘n’ rollers, schoolboys, and grandmas alike, they have a special heart for girls in their middle school through college years. Those years are crucial in shaping one’s future self-image and well-being, a time when young girls most need to be reminded of Christ’s unconditional love.
“There have been people who have changed my life, just by being real. They live for the Lord and that inspires me,” Courtney says. “Joy Williams’ music helped save my sanity when I was going through hard times in high school. We are so excited that she co-wrote the song ‘Radiate’ for our album.” Safe Place to Fall rides an emotional rollercoaster of raw and personal lyrics over a lilting, piano-based melody. It was a song that almost didn’t make the final cut. “We fought for Safe Place to Fall,” Tori declares. “While a lot of this album really is geared toward girls, this is a song that also appeals to guys. Its message is universal. We strive for the approval of other people, but that is not our ultimate goal. Ultimately the only approval that matters comes from God.”
Tori and Courtney point out “It’s about turning off the world and walking with God.”