Who is Chase Wright? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about his journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…
This week we are highlighting an Indiana-born artist that we are loving lately! Chase Wright is an up and coming singer-songwriter, who will captivate any country music lover. We chatted with the Nashville-transplant about his story, his brand new record, and much more.
“Music was always present growing up,” begins Wright. “My mom was a music education major and her mom sang professionally back in the 40s or 50s.” The singer recalls singing at a 9/11 memorial, when he was five years old and picking up the trumpet in 6th grade. Besides that though, the artist admits that his musical journey did not really take off until college, besides being an avid fan throughout his life.
“Growing up, when I was younger, it was definitely a lot of different things,” shared Wright. “I was listening to 3 Doors Down, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox Twenty, Usher.” The singer adds later, “There were so many different things growing up that I was listening to, but when I got to college, it was pretty much only country.”
College was really, when Wright started to chase the music dream. “I went to college at a small school in Indiana called DePauw University and studied economics,” shared the singer. “I mentioned to my dad how I wanted to learn how to play guitar, so he brought me a guitar he bought at garage sale. […] He said if you learn how to play on this and you really want to do it, we can get you one nicer.”
The Turning Point:
Following the footsteps of a new artist at the time, Sam Hunt, the singer started dabbling in playing shows and learning guitar. During his junior year of college, the singer worked in the corporate world, and quickly realized that corporate life was not for him.
“I didn’t really see my life going in that direction, so I really dove into music in 2017, which was my junior year in college.”
Upon graduating college, Wright set his sights on playing gigs and developing a social media presence. The singer recalls posting everyday and playing covers of songs both in person and online. “After about 5-6 months in doing that, that was when my now manager reached out and he wanted to get me to come to Nashville to do this songwriting workshop for ASCAP.” Taking a leap of faith, Wright went to the workshop and the rest was history.
Now a Nashville resident, Wright dedicates his time to his artistry. Over the years, the singer has crafted his talent as a songwriter and learned to infuse his eclectic influences throughout his music.“Country music has changed sonically so much, but what has held through, through all of those changes is really the meaningful lyrics.”
Fans can rejoice in Wright’s growth, as his debut record Interwined was just released in early November. The record features ten enticing songs that all showcase the incredible talent the singer has, truly laying the groundwork for what’s to come next.
“I just want to make music that I love and I genuinely love it and will listen to it on repeat,” shared Wright, talking about the album. “I really hope that fans and people listening will feel the same about it.”
Despite the fact that the singer would cut songs by other songwriters, all, but one song on the record were co-written by Wright. When discussing the song he did not write, the singer shared, “‘Missing You’ was exactly the song I was looking for and what I wanted to say.”
Similarly, one of his favorite songs off the project, “Wish You’d Miss Me,” was just as vulnerable.“The one that I have the most emotional attachment to is probably “Wish You’d Miss Me,” for a number of reasons. “One, it was just the first time I felt like I was truly honest when I was writing something where I needed to say something and I said it the way I wanted to say it,” shared Wright.
When asked about the title track collaboration with Canadian-Pop artist, Delaney Jane, Wright cannot say enough good things about the process.“We wrote half of it in January and then came back a couple of months later and I was like guys, what if this was a duet,” shared Wright, adding later, how extremely talented Jane truly is.
As fans immerse themselves into Intertwined, Wright predicts more music and more shows on the horizon in 2022. He makes no promises, but one thing is for certain, the singer is here to stay!
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