#TateNation Propels the Career of Tate Stevens

Armed with a Twitter following poised to reach the 300,000 mark very soon, The X Factor winner and current Syco/RCA Nashville recording artist Tate Stevens must be quite the social media expert, right?

Wrong.

“I’m still learning this whole social media thing,” Tate says with a laugh during a recent interview with Country Weekly. “I remember the night my first live audition aired on The X Factor, and my son told me that I was trending No. 5 on Twitter. I actually asked him is that was a good thing? Was that something we should be concerned about?”

A few short days later, Tate’s tech-savvy son convinced his dad that it was time to get a Twitter account, and thus the fan following now known as TateNation was officially set in motion.

“There were a bunch of fans watching the show that seemed to be interested in what I was starting to put out on my Twitter feed,” says Tate, whose self-titled debut album will be released on April 23. “The only problem was that all of the other X Factor contestants had these cool fan names and I didn’t have a name for ‘my people,’ I guess, so we basically asked them what they would want to be called.”

Enter the TateNation.

Not only are members of the movement busy promoting Tate’s new single, “Power of a Love Song,” to their local radio stations, many of them also got a kick out of the news that Tate’s Missouri hometown honored him with a brand-new 160-foot City of Belton water tower.

Calling them a proud, strong and vibrant group, Tate says he feels blessed to have TateNation out there supporting his budding country music career and promoting his music virtually.

“So many members of TateNation are young, so I’m certainly hoping they will stick with me and grow up right along with me,” he says. “Social media in music is huge these days, so it’s really one of those things you have to do. But yes, I’m still learning. I’m far from a Twitter expert.”

Look for Tate Stevens' debut album on April 23, and stream the song “Ordinary Angels” in advance above.

In addition, fans can preorder Tate's album at amazon.com and also stream the album in its entirety at amazon.com/tatestevens.

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