After over a decade in the music business, 604 Record’s Kadooh is taking things in a whole new direction and stepping into the spotlight for the first time.

Known as the guitarist and backing vocalist of JUNO nominated/multi-platinum rock band State of Shock, the musician has always carried with him an appreciation for all genres of music — and he’s ready to take it back to his small-town Alberta roots.

The singer/songwriter is getting ready to drop his first single, 24 Reasons, on Wednesday, Aug. 8, with a debut six-song EP slated to follow later this year — the culmination of what lead him to head out to the west coast 16-years ago.

“I moved out to Vancouver to be this person . . . it’s a bit of a change but it’s going to be great,” he said. “I’m so excited about it, and nervous at the same time, which I think is a good thing.”

The project was brought together with the help of producer Jeff Johnson, as well as inspiration from long-time friend and mentor Chad Kroeger, and reflects the artist’s new sound — one that has found its roots in not only his everyday life, but an engrained love of music as a whole.

With 24 Reasons, Kadooh maintains while he may not be used to taking on the role of frontman just yet, he can’t wait to see what this new path has in store.

“In the past, I kind of just got to be the guy on the side, and now it’s all about being in the middle and doing the best I can to entertain people,” he said with a laugh. “Music means so much to so many, and I can’t wait to get my new sound out there for people to hear.”