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Small Town Country Boy with Big Dreams: What’s Up? talks with Country Artist Chase Bryant

Oct 06, 2016 04:00PM ● By Nicole Gould

Photo by Chris Tuite

Chase Bryant was born to play country music. It’s that simple. From a small town in Orange Grove, Texas, this 23-year-old took a dream and made it his reality.

Bryant has already made his mark in the country music world co-producing and co-writing all of his songs.

His song, “Take It On Back” was a #1 video on CMC Australia and a Top 20 Country radio hit in Canada. “Little Bit of You” was a #3 hit, spending several consecutive weeks as a Top 10 VEVO Country video, a CMT Hot 20 video as well as a GAC Top 20 Country Countdown video.

Take a listen to Bryant’s newest single, “Room To Breathe.”

Taking his talents on the road, Bryant’s national tours included Tim McGraw’s Shotgun Rider Tour, Brantley Gilbert’s Let It Ride Tour, and most recently, Kip More’s Wild Ones Tour.

Chase Bryant will be performing at WPOC Weekend in the Country at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Saturday, October 15th. Doors open at 1 p.m. Purchase your tickets for Saturday here 

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How did you get started with music? What made you stick with it?

There were always guitars and instruments around the house, it was pretty well early on that I knew what I wanted to do. I just kind of stuck with it for years, my answer never changed. It was to play music. After all this time, I realize the hard work and the time I put into it and the things I wanted growing up were possible through hard work and determination.

How do you keep each performance upbeat, entertaining, and different from the last?

You’ve got to find new excitement every day. You have to come excited to sing the song, change things up a little bit. It’s kind of like being a pitcher in baseball. You got to change your fastball. You’ve got to throw a curveball or a changeup. You’ve got to find what you do already and how can I differ this just a little bit to find a new piece of excitement. You may find something that will last the rest of your career.

Being relatively new to the industry, what would you say is the biggest challenge in being discovered by a record label?

Getting people to believe a 23-year-old is not the easiest thing to do. It’s like trying to go to Apple and saying “I know you’ve been doing this for 100 years, but I’ve got an idea.” You’ve got to kind of dive in from a different aspect. You’ve got to go in confident in your work. Also realize that you’re not always correct. There’s a ton of people successful before me because they know what they’re doing. If they sign a kid like me, they know what they’re doing as well. Just be confident in your work.

What was it like opening for someone like Tim McGraw, who has so many hits and is a big name in the country industry?

It was horrible. I’m kidding. It was amazing. He’s one of those guys that you look up to your whole life and want to be like him. And you know someone who has 50 number ones, or whatever that number is, you kind of go out and get lost in the amount of hits he has. You watch that set and realize this is what I want my crowd to be like one day and sing these songs back. It takes time and takes years. He’s a great guy and one of those guys I very much look up to you. One of those guys I’m glad I looked up to, he’s very interested in helping young artists like me.

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If you could perform a duet with anyone, who would it be and why?

Bryan Adams probably. I always looked up to him. His voice is incredible. He’s one of those guys that’s one of a kind. He did so many different things. His music is so diverse. He can go from rock to something that was extremely down the center pop top 40 music. Then he can pull off some massive power ballads. I Learned a lot from him and if I could do that with anyone that would definitely be my first choice.

Tell me a little more about your new single, “Room to Breathe.” What was the inspiration behind it?

That song was really just a fun day of writing. I was trying to write something that we hadn’t done before. And try to write something different than what was out of radio. That’s what we came up with. Have more sex appeal to it, a different groove than anything I’ve done in the past. It was supposed to be a different move for me. Coming out with something that was a little fresher that was going to catch your ear. Make you wonder, “who the hell is that?” That’s what it all boiled down too.

Debuting your first single, “Take it on Back,” did you ever think that it would reach the popularity that it has?

“Take it on Back” is one example of a song I never thought it would happen. “A Little Bit of You,” I didn’t even like that song when we first wrote it. I don’t know what it was about the song, took so long to write, I wasn’t so used to writing a song for so long. I was used to things just happening and falling out. That one took forever to write. Then all of a sudden it clicked with me, it was actually a really great song. It’s signs like that, when you realize how good something could be. I never really knew what it would be like to have a hit, thankfully now I do and I’m very thankful, humbled, and honored by that.

What is your favorite part about performing country music and being in Nashville?

Oh man. Calling Nashville home is one of those things that is really cool. I grew up in a small, small town. Nashville is a bigger city, but it’s got a very small town mentality to it, everyone knows everyone. Being able to go out every night and play country music is a reminder of why I live in this town. To be successful in this business you’ve got to be a natural and want to win. It takes a lot of practice and takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of skillset and mentality. Calling Nashville home and being around it every day and seeing people who are at my stage of learning, it’s one of those cities I would never move from. You learn something new every day and if you don’t, then you’re not cut out for this place.

What is one of the craziest things a fan has done for you?

People drive thousands of miles to see us play, that’s pretty incredible itself. That’s pretty awesome. I didn’t even do that for some of the guys I was even a fan of. These people find ways to make it happen and watch those shows and its them who keep me alive, pay my bills, and I’m forever grateful for that.

What can we expect next from Chase Bryant?

We are almost done with my first full length record. We also just finished the music video for “Room to Breathe,” which should be out in the next few weeks. I’m really looking forward to getting this record out.

Do you have any special talents or hobbies besides singing that not many people know about?

Hunting, fishing, and cooking, those are probably the three things. Hunting and fishing are two things I love to do and I have a really big passion for cooking.

Out of all the festivals you have played at, what was your favorite food to try?

Oh god. I’ve had some crazy stuff. If I could ever find a fried pork tenderloin sandwich, those are my favorite.

How do you maintain your health and stamina while on tour?

That’s one way to do it stay in shape, eating healthy is a big thing. Getting sleep. It’s all the necessary things that you do, even if you weren’t on the road. Stay in the best shape you can. Get up and do something every day that is going to kind of keep you stabilized. It’s really just staying in shape.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Oh man. Probably from McGraw. He told me one time, “Man, there’s a million more people in this world that are more talented than you and I, sometimes it’s not the most talented, but the one who works the hardest that gets the job. If you work hard at something, but you can get better at your craft, then people want to invest in your stock. They see your effort that your creating a career like I am, you’ve got to work hard. I’m not the best singer, I’m not the best guitar player, or the best performer, but I work just as hard or harder than anyone out there. If you can be humble to people those things will pay off.”