The news of Cady Groves’ death at the age of 30 is particularly devastating to anyone who had followed the singer-songwriter since the start of her career at the beginning of the 2010s. After originally carving out a niche in the pop landscape with a biting sense of humor and an understanding of radio-ready melodies, the Oklahoma native soon developed as a songwriter, releasing an impressive string of singles and the excellent 2015 EP, Dreams.
Groves had to fight for her music career -- after a troubled childhood, she scored a dream contract with RCA Records, only to have that major label deal fizzle out a few years later -- but that tenacity was what helped endear her voice to her many fans, and what informed her later music. Though Dreams is to date her last official release, according to a statement from her label, Vel Records, Groves was still actively working on music and had prepped a new EP for a summer release.
“I don't want to do anything else,” Groves said of making music to Billboard in a 2014 profile after leaving RCA. “At least it's taking another step toward what I want instead of giving up. I'm trying again."