Chase Bryant just follows his childhood dream of music

Published on March 30th, 2021

There are many recipes to success when it comes to music.

For country singer Chase Bryant, it was learning the guitar at the age of 3, being a huge fan of music, writing songs, producing his own record and now going out on the road with superstar Tim McGraw.

“I never had another dream,” he said during a recent phone interview. “Music always seemed to be a path. I grew up in a pretty supportive household.”

He will perform Friday, May 29 at the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.

He grew up on the sounds of such legends as Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and Steve Wariner, but also Tom Petty, Bob Wills and Bryan Adams. Of course there was his grandfather, who played with Waylon Jennings and Roy Orbison.

“Having my grandfather who was in the business definitely was a big influence, as was my uncle being part of Ricochet,” he said. “It was a good household for music.”

Perhaps it is the songwriting that is such a major part of the equation. He may only be 22, but he’s experienced plenty including a broken heart.

“A girl broke up with me and I felt it,” he said. “I wrote it down and it came to me. It’s really about hearing and writing down words and seeing how they work in different ways.”

In his view, songs are a way of letting people know who he is and what is inside.

“Songs that come the easiest are the ones that come from the heart, whether they are about partying or about love,” he said.

It’s a creative process that allows for exploration.

“For me, writing is looking at what might have been said and looking for a line,” he said.

And it is a trial and error as he has had plenty of songs that did not work.

“Writing that first one that worked was the key,” he said. “When I did ‘Take it on Back’ I knew that I was going somewhere.”

That’s a little of an understatement.

Rolling Stone has called Bryant one of its “10 New Country Artists You Never” and “Take it On Back” has reached more than one million combined views on YouTube/VEVO.

“It is going great and I am loving everything,” he said. “But I have to keep trying to make things happen.”

He is also learning about being on the road and the stage, something he is about to do with superstar Tim McGraw.

“It is fantastic to be able to go on tour with him,” he said. “It’s so valuable to be able to see a tour like that and see someone at that point in his career.”

And he wants to become an even better entertainer.

“You have to figure out how you can keep people engaged for more than five minutes,” he said. “I think about it every day. I’m willing to work hard and keep trying.”


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