Nashville: Lizzie Cates and Nancy Deckant

On this episode of Roger The Wild Child Show: Nashville, we are joined by singer/songwriter Lizzie Cates and songwriter/publisher Nancy Deckant! Also, Callum Kerr of Fox’s new hit series Monarch FOX talks with us about this weeks episode!


Having grown up in what is known as the “biggest little city”, Reno, Nevada, Lizzie Cates knew there was a bigger calling for her, bigger than her small hometown could fulfill. At the early age of 5 it's completely normal for kids to have vast imaginations and dreams. However, for Cates the idea of crafting her own fairy tales, love stories, and nursery rhymes came naturally, comfortably, and effortlessly. By 13 years old Cates' personality began to form. Realizing her love for the arts, both in music and writing, she began challenging herself to write, sing, and play instruments. At 13 years old, she had taught herself how to play both guitar and piano while her writing skills began to blossom and her ability to sing matured. 

In 2017 Lizzie debuted her first major single, "Strangers" which received an ISSA Award. It was then she knew music was more than a hobby and it was a dream she must chase. Later that year, packing her entire life in two suitcases with her guitar in hand Lizzie jumped on a one way flight and moved across the United States to Nashville, Tennessee to focus on building her dream to be a full time artist. Shortly after arriving, she quickly got to work and began writing with notable writers in both country and pop music and started performing at iconic venues across Music City such as The Bluebird Cafe. 

Having a voice that is often compared to pop icon Taylor Swift, with hints of The Chicks' Natalie Maines and punk princess Avril Lavigne, Lizze's popularity rapidly gained attention around town. When she plays live, it’s her catchy hooks, bubbly personality and natural ability to bring love and energy to a room that keeps fans coming back and wanting more. She has had the amazing opportunity to open for touring acts such as Rachel Platten, American Authors, Echosmith and Whitey Morgan. 

Her 2020 single “I Like the Way” debuted at #1 on the iTunes country charts in the UK and still to this day is holding strong on their country radio stations. With recent success, Cates co-wrote the TikTok hit “How Do We Go” with Alexandra Kay who will be touring with Tim McGraw this summer. 

Currently Lizzie is working on lots of her own new music and plans to release 3 new major singles this year with music videos as well as 2 early 2000's cover songs. Cates is excited to give her fans a new wave of energy and sounds as she continues revealing more of her fascinating fairy tales throughout the year. Her newest cover, "Thunder" by Boys Like Girls is out now! Along with her brand new single "King of Hearts". 


Nancy Deckant is from Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Nashville in 2013. She’s a songwriter, General Manager and Partner of Nashville Cool! publishing and the Founder/CEO of Discover Sooner a company that connects vetted unsigned songwriters with publishers.

As a publisher and songplugger her clients have included Bernie Nelson "Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind", Joe Doyle who penned "In Pictures" by Jamie Johnson and Dave Pahanish “Without You” by Keith Urban.

Over her 10 years as a publisher, she has developed a vast network of contacts. Nancy partners with music industry veteran Shar'n Clark to offer private songplugging services through Row Call, a group membership program. Cuts have included Charles Esten, Gary Allen, Blake Shelton, Reba, and sync placements on Jack Ryan, The Real World and more.

In 2020 she launched Discover Sooner whose mission is to help the next generation of songwriters and artists expand their network of music professionals. Since launching the company has helped hundreds of songwriters connect directly with publishers, collaborate with signed and unsigned writers, and even helped an artist get a record/publishing label. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram @discoversooner.

 Prior to moving to Nashville, Nancy spent 10 years playing in bands and 8 years as a Workshop Coordinator for NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Assoc. Int’l), educating songwriters about the music business and in the craft of songwriting, evaluating countless songs and helping songwriters advance their songwriting skills.