Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cover Model Interview: Kaden James

This past weekend, the gods aligned with the moon and mystical stars! I contacted one of my favorite book cover models, Kaden James. He immediatly replied and was willing to do an interview with the floozies!

How cool is that? He even gave me a shout out on facebook for my birthday! He's absolutly a class act!

 Bestselling Book Covers he's been on:


Kaden James became MTV's Featured artist in late 2011. He was the only unsigned artist to host the show New Now Next, Poplab. An honor bestowed on some of the biggest stars in music including Rihanna and Lady Gaga.

His music has been featured on the most recent instalment of MTV's Real World: Las Vegas. Two of his songs were on the last two episodes of MTV's The Hills, including the series finally. He has the theme song to Logo's The A-List New York and the new Dallas.

Kaden's video for "A Boy Like Me" was featured on Spike TV and He has just landed the theme song to a new show called "The Audition."

Kaden has also appeared in Angelino Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, and as a spokes person/model for Sexy Hair, Wet Cement, Aniki Jeans, Rudsak and Java J Bar.

The Interview

1- You were on The Secret Circle book covers and Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir. How did you get involved with those projects?

Hi Kenya, first of all thanks for this opportunity to be featured on your blog!

 I was a was approached to be on the cover of The Secret Circle after photographer Chad Michael Ward saw some of my photos online taken by Gerry Garcia. Then a year or so later Chad was about to shoot the cover of the Timekeeper and the art director submitted my photo not even realizing Chad had worked with me so it all worked out great!

Growing up, I never imagined I would get opportunities like this because I was an awkward teenager and always more of a writer myself. I would write my own songs for talent shows and scripts that my friends and I would act out drama class.

 2- Are you a big reader? If so, what’s your favorite genre and author?

When I read, it's usually something spiritually fulfilling. I don't have a lot of time to read but I keep a few inspiring books around. I also read a lot of news and try to keep up with whats going on in the world.

I have some exciting news I can share with you right now. . .I'm currently writing a book series. I started working on over a year ago it's called Flawed. It's a story that came to me one day while I was sitting at the beach, hit me like lighting and I knew the universe had given me a gift.

I had to share this story with the world. I have let the coming-of-age, sci-fi, fantasy flow without rushing it but I am now ready to start looking for a publisher.

If you know any good ones send them my way! Ha ha!

3-You are way more than a book cover model. You’ve done several fashion shows and campaigns. You’re also a singer and song writer.  Your music was played on the final two episodes of MTV’s The Hills. Your song “A Boy like Me” was the theme song for the show “The A-List: New York and Dallas.”

How did you become a song writer?

Writing has always been a big part of my life. My mind has so many thoughts rushing through it at all times so sitting in a quiet space and concentrating on a story has always been my favorite escape. I've written poems since I was very young and then those poems quickly became lyrics to songs.

When I write a song I always see visuals to go with it which makes me always want to shoot music videos, so I write up those concepts too. The writer within me has organically evolved from writing poems, to songs, to blogs, to music video treatments, to tv concepts and now to my first book series. Writing has always felt right. It comes naturally, like breathing.

4- What are some of the things that inspire your music?

 Anything can inspire a song. For instance I might see an incredible tree and I will look up and think about all that this tree has faced, droughts, fires, floods, years of holding up it's own weight and then I will use that tree as a metaphor for strength and have the story grow with that tree.

Inspiration can be found all around us.

We just have to keep our eyes open and not be afraid to share it.

5- What are some new projects you’re currently working on?

Well I am currently working on new music and have EP titled "Live Fearless" being released soon. We have shot two new music videos for my songs "First Love" and "Black Light" which are in editing and coming out sometime next month.

I'm seeking a record deal so that I can go out on tour and put on a great show for my fans.

I'm shopping two television concepts, writing songs for other artists, and continuing to write the first book in the Flawed series. I am very excited about the future and I hope that you will join me on this journey!

Kenya, thanks again for this opportunity and I hope you and your readers will continue to follow your dreams and Live Fearless.

Model Mayhem Bio:
Not the stereotypical model, I'm a grounded guy who wakes up everyday thankful for the people and blessings in my life. I believe that when you are given so many opportunities, it's your responsibility to give back so I try to do as much charity work and fund raisers as I can. So don't be shy, hit me up with anything like that. get told my look is diverse/ I can be all American, edgy, also that European looking, and I'm even having one client use me in a Latin magazine. The truth is I was put up for adoption as a baby and I never knew my parents so I'm not entirely sure what I am when it comes to race and that's fine with me/ I embrace all races and have a love for travel and culture. So look at me as a canvas that you can push any way you like. 
 I started modeling by chance, a few photographers liked my look and wanted to shoot me. I used the shots we took for my music promos and then got hit up by some local LA designers. I love art and thought, why not? I have been using the money I make to fuel my music ever since.

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  1. So I admit: On my first pass through, I just looked at the photos. Now that I'm done objectifying him, I'm going to read his answers. :P

  2. Wow! He seems like a great, intelligent guy! Definitely has my support and I wish him success! Great interview Kenya!

    1. Thanks for reading the interview Christine.

      You would think that with all that he has acomplished that he would be snooty and stuck up, but he is awesome and really an approachable person!

      I can't wait to check out his book and have him on again!

  3. I must admit...I had absolutely no idea who Kaden was when you told me you were doing the interview. I suppose I just don't keep up with that kind of stuff...he's a cutie though. Great interview! :)