24th Oct 2018
Hailing from the Southern state, North Carolina, in a place called Asheville resides Chase Rice, who has built up a reputation as an American country singer-songwriter. He is responsible for co-writing the huge single “Cruise” with Florida Georgia Line, and has a number one country album to his name.
Rice was born in Florida but spent his adolescence in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the extra curricular country and western singer also excelled in sports being the linebacker on the football team. Prior to his country and western music career he even found himself as a cast member of Survivor: Nicaragua, which despite playing his single “Buzz Back” on, it didn’t catapult his music career the way he’d hoped, but looking on the bright side he recalls it as an important time in his life.
Rice began playing the guitar quite late in life, in fact whilst he was at University, with his father being the inspiration for him beginning to play guitar in the first place saying “boy, anyone can play guitar, but no one is gonna really listen to you until you start singing”. His debut EP came in the form of “Country as Me” which was released on March 8th 2011, but unfortunately didn’t chart. It also featured the single “Buzz Back”. The next year however, Rice released his follow up entitled “Dirt Road Communion”, released on March 20th 2012. It made it to number 48 in the US Country Chart. It was the same year that the singer-songwriter collaborated with Florida Georgia Line’s track, “Cruise”, which was an international success, charting in numerous countries. It reached the top spot on the US Hot Country Songs Chart, and number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
In 2013, Rice released a 6 track EP that featured the title track “Ready Set Roll”. It reached the top spot on the iTunes Country album chart. The next year, Rice teamed up with Columbia Records for the release of his album “Ignite the Night” on August 19th 2014. It got to number seven in Canada, the number one spot on the Country Albums chart, and number three on the Billboard 200.
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