Multiplatinum selling singer/producer, award winning songwriter and GRAMMY mentor Athena Cage is proud of her Southern roots. She’s performed and been a couch guest on The Tonight Show and is best known for her double platinum single, “All or Nothing” from the MTV/Paramount Pictures film “Save the Last Dance.”
Her credits include three number one, multiplatinum charted hits with Keith Sweat, “Nobody,” (considered an R&B classic) “Get Up On It” and “Twisted,” which she co-wrote earning her the coveted BMI “Pop Song of the Year” Award.
She began as a background singer, working with Country star Amy Grant and R&B giants, the Isley Brothers. She moved from Kentucky to Atlanta where she auditioned for Keith Sweat and was immediately signed as lead singer of Kut Klose and had the chart topping single “I Like.”
She performed for the GRAMMY Foundation at a Toys R Us event on Broadway with PBS’ cast of “In Between the Lions.” Athena spends time as a GRAMMY mentor visiting schools nationally promoting music education. She’s even lobbied for it at the White House and Department of Education. “One of the highlights of my life,” says Athena is when she met with the late Senator Ted Kennedy. She met also with the author of President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” Susan Sclafani.
She established The Athena Cage Scholarship Fund at her alma mater Western Kentucky University and during the first fundraiser, Warren County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon renamed Basil Griffin Park’s amphitheater “The Athena Cage Outdoor Amphitheater” and within a year, the street she grew up on in Russellville was renamed, “Athena Cage Way.”
Just after 9-11, Athena organized and spent two days with the famed Screaming Eagles (101st Airborne Division) at Fort Campbell. She rappelled the Rangers Wall, visited on-Fort schools, lunched with the troops, observed training and performed a free concert for the troops to let them know America appreciates their sacrifices. Commanding General Cody awarded Athena the “Screaming Eagles Award.”
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum opened an exhibit on Athena’s music and career and Athena performed at one of its ceremonies and accepted on behalf of Jazz Great Lionel Hampton. Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
Athena is a “Kentucky Colonel” — Kentucky’s highest award. Others receiving this award include Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Astronaut & Senator John Glenn, Tiger Woods, Ann-Margaret and Muhammad Ali.
Athena is currently writing and working on a new project.Go back