The Cains Trio: Debut Spotlight
Taylor, Madison and Logan Cain are singers and songwriters who play guitar, piano, bass, harmonica and more. Their story started when eldest sibling, Taylor, learned her first song on the piano at age 5. Shortly after learning how to talk, the two sisters and brother from Hartselle, Ala., were harmonizing with each other. Their passion for music inspired them to perform together as The Cains Trio, a Country band with tight harmonies and a variety of influences.
In 2012, while studying at Alabama’s Troy University, the trio entered a video contest and won an opportunity to open for Dave Barnes at the WorkPlay Theater in Birmingham.
“Because of our awesome friends and family, the show sold out just 30 minutes after adding our name to the ticket,” said Madison. “It was such a rush. In celebration of the victory that night, we wrote ‘Stay On Board,’ the title track of our debut album.”
“Our hope is to brand ourselves as ‘fun music,’” comments Logan. “All I know is that no matter the song or genre, we want our songs to be uplifting, joy-filled and fun.”
Having released their debut album, Stay on Board on Oct. 28, The Cains are now collaborating on new material with established songwriters in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals. They attribute their creativity, confidence and genuine enthusiasm to their strong faith in God and feel blessed to have such loyal and supportive fans, friends and family along for the journey.
Who is your musical hero?
LOGAN: My musical hero is my dad. He has seen and done so much in this industry, and neither good nor bad has changed his integrity.
Which song would you secretly love to cover?
LOGAN: My secret cover list includes, but is not limited to, Justin Bieber, 5 Seconds of Summer or any other of these catchy boy band songs. I’m a 13-year-old girl at heart.
MADISON: One of my favorite movies is That Thing You Do, directed by Tom Hanks. I loved it as a kid, but now that music is my full-time career, I appreciate the movie so much more! Anyway, I’d love to cover the theme song, “That Thing You Do” by The Wonders!
TAYLOR: “Aaron’s Party” by Aaron Carter.
What album tops your playlist?
LOGAN: Needtobreathe’s Rivers In The Wasteland is a new favorite, but anything they record is an instant favorite for me.
MADISON: Even though they announced their breakup a couple of months ago, I’m still in denial. I love The Civil Wars’ debut album Barton Hollow.
TAYLOR: Tie between Tides by Bethel Music and F.A.M.E.,by Chris Brown.
Who is your dream duet partner?
LOGAN: Kacey Musgraves (heart-eyed emoji).
MADISON: I would love to sing with/be in the same room with John Paul White, Joy Williams, Kacey Musgraves or the late Johnny Cash. But honestly, I don’t think that I could find a better vocal blend than singing with Taylor and Logan.
TAYLOR: Johnny Cash.
What book is on your nightstand?
LOGAN: I have my Bible there and a book called Spirit-Filled Living by Smith Wigglesworth.
TAYLOR: The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands, by Lysa TerKeurst.
What do you sing in the shower?
LOGAN: My shower songs are usually girl songs that I try to hit in my falsetto – the higher the better.
MADISON: I love old Billie Holiday songs. When I’m singing solo, I feel most comfortable singing jazzy songs like “The Very Thought of You,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “He’s Funny That Way.” Even though “Moon River” was written in the ‘60s, I try to sing it like Billie Holiday would.
TAYLOR: I don’t sing in the shower, I pray!
What’s your pet peeve?
LOGAN: Noisy eaters really bother me. I really hope I’m not one of them. Also, slow drivers make me crazy.
MADISON: Food noises/smacking while eating! For some reason, it just gets under my skin. The best solution is to always play background music while you’re eating so you don’t make anyone self-conscious about their smacks.
TAYLOR: People biting their utensils while eating. UGH!
What song do you wish you had written?
LOGAN: If I could have had a hand in writing “One More Day” by Diamond Rio, that would have been an amazing thing.
MADISON: It would have been amazing to have written “Moon River.” I’m getting married in July, and I’m walking down the aisle to that song. It’s so magical!
TAYLOR: “White Christmas.”
What word or phrase do you find yourself saying over and over again?
LOGAN: I use “in and of itself” way too often. A feeble attempt to sound smart! Ha!
MADISON: I go through phases. Right now, it’s “Holy Smokes!” Or, if someone says something that’s only mildly negative, I’ll yell, “Rude!”
TAYLOR: Take it easy _____. I just fill in the blank with whatever nickname I feel. For example, today I said, “Take it easy, Biscuit!”
What mode of transportation do you prefer?
LOGAN: Someday I’d love to own a motorcycle, but I actually love to cruise on a longboard.
MADISON: I love to fly! I think I would love riding a train, but I’ve never gotten the chance. I’ve only flown five times in my life, so each time is a monumental experience.
TAYLOR: I would say the passenger seat of an SUV. Always the front seat, never the back – I get carsick easily.
What actor/actress would portray you in a biopic about your life?
LOGAN: If I could get Ryan Gosling to do it, I feel like it would be a huge hit. Just because the ladies love RG!
TAYLOR: Ashley Olsen. She may not be the most accurate, but I have cut my hair to look like her since I was 9 years old, and I bought her clothing line at Walmart until I literally couldn’t squeeze into their biggest kids size 16 pants.
What moment in your life would you relive if you could?
LOGAN: The first time a girl told me she loved me, or the last good holiday I had with my grandfather.
MADISON: I wish I could relive my last day with my grandfather. We had a cookout with the whole family, just shooting the breeze out at the farm. It was a fun, normal day. So ordinary that I didn’t recognize its significance in the moment.
TAYLOR: This sounds crazy but I would relive the day my Pop was diagnosed with cancer. I was able to tell him how much I loved and appreciated him. We never really got to have serious conversations with each other before that day. Pop cried and so did I. It was the first honest and real moment we had ever shared. We got to encourage one another and talk about Jesus. It’s a day I will never forget.
Do you have a lucky charm?
LOGAN: I’m not sure if it’s my lucky charm, but every day I wear an anklet a little girl gave me.
TAYLOR: Deodorant. I wear it every day.
If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
LOGAN: It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish.
TAYLOR: How To Be a Pony in a Horse’s World.
What do you hope people will say about you when they look back on your life?
LOGAN: I hope that in some small way my life pointed them to something bigger. I hope that my life represents something selfless, something lovable and something that lets people know how valuable they are.
MADISON: I hope they say, “She was a very kind person and she treated everyone well, regardless of their prestige or social status.” This is a question that I should probably tattoo on my arm because whatever cool songs I write or success I achieve will be absolutely worthless one day, if it is not overshadowed by tremendous love.
TAYLOR: I hope they say, “Taylor loved Jesus more than her own life and she fulfilled the purpose for which she was born. She never made anyone feel stupid or insignificant. Everyone she met felt the sincere love of Christ.”
What would you put in your personal time capsule, for future artists and audiences?
LOGAN: I’d put all the guitar straps I’ve had to make from belts I was wearing. Three times now we’ve gotten to a show and been “strapless” – so I bust a sag and try to save the day.
If you weren’t a musical artist, what would you be?
LOGAN: I would to coach cheerleading.
MADISON: I’d probably be shooting video.
TAYLOR: I would most definitely be a storm chaser.
What was your greatest performance to date – and why?
LOGAN: My favorite performance was our show at our hometown high school auditorium. It was a great crowd and getting to go home and play for the people that we grew up with was really such a blessing and an honor.
MADISON: We played the Horseshoe Riverbend Festival in Clifton, Tennessee. Halfway through one of the songs, the power went completely out, and we kept the song going a cappella. The power came back on 30 seconds later, and amazingly, the whole band was perfectly in time! We didn’t miss a beat.
What is your favorite food while on the road?
LOGAN: My favorite candy bar is a Reese’s Fast Break (can’t beat it), I like original sunflower seeds and I’m trying to not eat fast food if I can help it. But deep down, I absolutely love Waffle House.
MADISON: I try to eat a plant-based diet, so I don’t eat meat, and I try to avoid dairy and eggs when I can. So, eating on the road can be pretty tricky. A veggie sub from Subway is a road-trip staple. Honestly, we end up eating gas station food more than anything else.
TAYLOR: Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn.
Where was your first gig?
LOGAN: My first paid gig was at Momma Goldberg’s Deli in Troy, Alabama. I thought we did pretty well. It probably helped that it was $1 beer night and most of the people were tipsy. Ha!
MADISON: Professionally, our first gig was in college. We played at a sandwich shop for 3 hours. We only learned the songs the day of the performance, and we relied heavily on our cheat sheet binders. So it went horribly. Since then, we’ve learned what it means to be PREEEEEpared. Emphasis on ‘pre’!
What can you tell us about yourself that we’d never guess about you?
LOGAN: I was painfully shy as a little boy. Up until about the age of 8 or 9 years old, I would regularly hide from people due to shyness.
MADISON: I’m a sleepwalker. It’s terrible. Nearly every night I’ll sleep walk. I’ll chase imaginary people through the house in my sleep. I’ve learned to sleep with a light on sometimes, hoping that the light will wake me before I wake everyone else up.
TAYLOR: I have an inner gangsta that is waiting to come out. I would love to be a rapper.
Photo credit: Amanda Chapman
Check out The Cains Trio’s debut single, “Be Yourself with Me”: