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"Simon actually said, I would write that check now," says Stevens. "I was like my name starts with a T."
He's no doubt talented, but gives country music fans all the credit!
"I didn't think I was gonna win," says Stevens. "Just did the best I could do every week. Fortunately for me, country fans are amazing. They put me here."
Stevens was part of the Over 30 group and says he often felt out of place on the show.
"I was always looking around, going wow, here I am the old guy here," says Stevens.
This isn't Stevens' first attempt at a country music career - he actually came to Nashville years ago.
"I did it a long time ago in the 90s, I was here a lot, and tried to make it, on the road, it just never happened," says Stevens. "Not many people get a shot at this level anyway, and for me to have a 2nd chance is pretty amazing."
When Stevens arrived in Nashville this go round, he hit the ground running.
"Got in town January 3 and started right away looking and listening to songs," says Stevens. "First week I think I listened to 400 songs!"
He even got to write with his favorite artist Joe Diffy. We can't give away too much about the album, but we can say that a song he and Diffy wrote together made the cut!
"I remember he started singing a part of it and I was like, ah, it's not fair how good he is, it's crazy," says Stevens.
Stevens says he's really proud of the album. Songs that are a great introduction to who he is, not only as a singer, but a person as well.
"I'm a pretty emotional guy, so couple emotional songs on a record but everything else is pretty upbeat and fun," says Stevens. "I'm just a normal guy, no frills, but I like to have fun and I wanted that to come across on the album."
Tate's album will be available April 23, but it is available for pre-sale now. For a link to how you can buy, just click here.
Wednesday, February 27 2013, 09:40 PM CST
State officials to hold seat belt campaign event
May 24, 2013 08:11 GMT
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) -- The Governor's Highway Safety Office plans to announce its "Click It or Ticket" campaign on Friday.
The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. at the Robertson County Courthouse in Springfield.
Nationally, statistics show seat belt use increased significantly in 2012 as compared to 2011 among drivers, right-front passengers and backseat occupants.
However, officials say more than 400 of Tennessee's crash fatalities last year involved unrestrained drivers or passengers.
The Governor's Highway Safety Office urges all motorists to buckle up.
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