If you’ve visited the Rising Stars of Country section on iTunes, there’s a chance you’ve seen Brandon Chase. His new EP, Country Enough, is featured there alongside the likes of country’s hottest new names, Charlie Worsham, Joel Crouse, Parmalee and more. However, if you haven’t heard his music yet, it’s time we introduce you to this mega-talented Texan singer- songwriter.
KIC: For those readers who may be ‘meeting’ you for the first time in this blog, can you give us a little bit of a back story as to how you began performing?
BC: I started out my musical journey by singing in my church’s youth band when I was about 13/14. They had an audition to join the band, and for some reason, I just knew I had to try out. I went into it having absolutely no music experience other than beating on some drums. After making the band, I started teaching myself piano, which eventually led to guitar as well. I started writing worship songs for our youth band and found that I had a passion it. So I decided to major in songwriting in college which eventually evolved my writing into secular country songs. Now I’m performing all over town and loving every minute of it!
KIC: We read that you graduated high school at 15 and completed a master certificate for songwriting through Berklee at 18. What’s next?
BC: I actually graduated from Berklee at 17 believe it or not! But hopefully the next step in my life/career will be to tour the US and get the opportunity to meet all the amazing fans that I have had the pleasure to connect with through Facebook and Twitter.
KIC: You currently live in Texas, but your EP was made in Nashville. Do you have any plans to relocate to pursue your music?
BC: I’ve thought about this question quite a bit myself. I don’t currently have plans to relocate, because hopefully I’ll be on the road for the majority of my time. But if it came down to me needing to relocate, I’m definitely ready and willing to up and move!
KIC: What is the writing process like for your music? Where do you get your inspiration from?
BC: I would say I don’t really have a set writing process, or a specific place that I draw inspiration from. I love to write encouraging songs and especially songs that make girls in particular, feel beautiful and special. Sometimes I’ll get a cool lyric or melody out of the blue (usually while driving or in the shower!), and I’ll write it down and record it on my iPhone, then revisit it later with my guitar or piano to finish it.
KIC: You can play drums, piano, guitar – which is your favorite?
BC: Even though my first instrument was technically drums, I consider myself very amateur. I haven’t really even sat down behind a drum kit in years. It’s probably scary how bad I am! My next instrument was keys, and I truly love the sound of a sweet piano. Guitar was the last instrument I learned, but I feel like I’m just as proficient on it, if not more than on keys. To answer the question of which is my favorite, I prefer piano on slower, mellow songs. And I prefer guitar on upbeat, driving songs that I can really perform to.
KIC: You’ve performed as part of a church-based band (The All Out Band) and as a solo country artist. Which do you prefer?
BC: I definitely prefer the solo artist approach. I had a great experience and learned a lot while working with a band. It’s definitely fun to have a tight relationship with the musicians you play with. But it can become very difficult when you have 4 different musical opinions and everyone’s voice is equal. You have to come to many compromises to keep everyone happy.
KIC: iTunes has you listed as a rising star of country, alongside some big names – How does that feel?
BC: That is something that I’m so truly grateful for. It’s such an honor and it’s so humbling to know that someone with a voice in the business put that label on my music. It’s so rewarding and satisfying after working so hard to get your name out there, then finally getting noticed. And then to see that I’m next to some amazing artists that I listen to constantly on the radio and my iPod, is so exciting!
KIC: What’s your favorite song that you’ve ever written?
BC: My favorite song that’s recorded is probably “Most Beautiful Thing.” Because it’s so melodic and the message behind it really hits the core of what I want to relay as an artist.
Then there’s a new song that I can’t wait to share with the world titled “Miracle”, that tells a story of some complications that I faced as a baby and how I got to where I am today. It’s the most emotional and close to my heart song that I’ve ever written. Tears were shed on my guitar while I was writing it, and that was definitely a first for me. Sorry, but that’s all the info you get about it for now!
KIC: And what’s one song that you WISH you had written?
BC: Geez, there are literally sooo many amazing songs that I wish I had written. But based on songs that I’m currently really into, I would have to say I wish I wrote “Everybody” by Keith Urban.
KIC: You can tour with any two artists out there – who would you put on the bill?
BC: I would die if I could tour with Keith Urban and/or John Mayer. They are two of my biggest musical influences and they are both ridiculously talented on their instrument and incredible songwriters. They’re different genres, but I think it would be a cool mixture! I kinda like to think my style is kinda right in the middle of both of them.
KIC: What’s one thing you’d like our readers to take away from this interview?
BC: I’m truly in love with music. I don’t consider it a job, hobby, or anything else. It’s really just my life. And I’m so incredibly grateful to all the people that help me pursue my dream of being an artist by buying my record. I hope that you can be encouraged and uplifted through my songs. Also, I LOVE getting tweets and Facebook messages. They encourage me more than you know! So don’t be shy!
KIC Lightning Round:
All time favorite country song: So hard! But probably “Bless the Broken Road” because it’s one that I really connect with in a different way every time I hear it.
Guilty Pleasure: Coconut and Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt and Oreo Ice Cream! Not at the same time though…
Favorite Easter Candy: I try not to eat too much candy. But those little marshmallow bunnies are pretty darn good!
Favorite Vacation Destination: Anywhere on a beach or the top of a ski resort! Two opposites, I know. But I can’t help it!
Twitter or Facebook: Twitter
Favorite song to cover: “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes