Success hasn't gone to Tate Stevens head. His kids won't let it.
Stevens, who won the second season of Fox's singing competition "The X-Factor" in December, said, "My son is 16 and my daughter is 12, and they handle it better than I do sometimes. They think it's kind of funny when people freak out if they see me or want a picture -- things like that."
Stevens, who performs Friday at the first night of the West Virginia State Fair in Fairlea, loves his new job as would-be country star.
"I get to do what I love," the 38-year-old said. "I get to play music, be an artist, be an entertainer and just do what I do.
"I love what I'm doing."
Despite the major label record debut and the summer tour, this is not Stevens' first shot at a music career. Formerly a construction worker, he struggled for 20 years to build a music career. He fronted several bands and sang on demo tapes for songwriters selling songs in Nashville, but he could never seem to connect with big time success.
That all changed after "The X-Factor" win, and it happened fast.
"We were in Asheville [N.C., to start production on the record] by January 3," he said.