Cartwright’s newest ballad paints a powerful picture of the optimistic mindset required to make a living out of being a musician and captures his experience turning a lifetime of dreaming into tangible musical success.
With an opening verse that pays tribute to his 13-year-old self, it starts out with him shredding a broomstick like an air guitar and daydreaming about having a band join in. Plugging in some headphones, closing your eyes, and letting the sounds take you away on a magic carpet ride is something that resonates with every music fan.
The rest of “Shine On Me” touches on other relatable life experiences like broken hearts and dreaming big. The impressive songwriting pays tribute to some of Cartwright’s heroes and shouts out country music’s greatest love story as well.
“Cause if it happened for Waylon Willie and the King One of these days Luck’s gonna shine a little light on me”
“If it happened for my parents For Johnny and June One of these days Love’s gonna shine on me too.”
The song also captures the uphill battle that up-and-coming musicians face while running down their crazy dreams in an industry where everyone feels like an underdog sometimes.
“But if it happened for David, He brought Goliath to his knees, One day heavens light is gonna shine on a sinner like me.”
The spotlight on Cartwright’s music career has been shining a little brighter lately too, indicating he’s finally past the halfway point on his way up the metaphorical mountain he alludes to in his new song.
Another recent single of his, “Hung Up On You,” has amassed more than 12 million streams on Spotify. At the end of 2020, it became his first song to make it onto the country radio waves.
It’s a classic American love story, starring fake IDs, jukeboxes, smoky dive bars, bourbon, and cheap perfume.
pretty surreal moment today hearing my song on country radio for the first time. will never forget this feeling and will never take it for granted. pic.twitter.com/6IuZuCE98p