Get To Know Chase Rice Before He Cruises into Gympie
Written by James Dyring on 21 August, 2019
US Country star Chase Rice is headed back to Australia, to Queensland to headline the famous Gympie Music Muster in August 2019. Interestingly many still consider Rice to be a rising star or an up & comer so I’ve taken it upon myself to help you get to know Chase Rice with 7 facts you need to know about about Chase Rice before you see him at Gympie.
Rice, 33, is no stranger to Aussie fans having played here in 2016 at CMC Rocks wowing audiences with a catalog of songs including his platinum hits, “Ready, Set, Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” and many songs found on his 2014 album ‘Ignite The Night’.
Since 2016, Rice has gone on to release a new album in ‘Lambs & Lions’ . This album is Rice’s third and spawned his first ever number one single, “Eyes On You’.
While Chase has begun his climb back into country stardom, you could be mistaken for thinking he was flying under the radar following CMC Rocks 2016, whilst there’s a possible reason for that, I firstly want to help you get to know this country-rocker:
7 FACTS ABOUT CHASE RICE
Rice co-wrote the biggest country song of all time.
He co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s massive global hit “Cruise” with Brian Kelley & Tyler Hubbard (FGL) and Jesse Rice as well as FGL’s producer Joey Moi. The song has amassed over 10 million sales and has been certified Diamond in the USA – The only country song to do so!
Chase is a passionate soccer fan.
Rice is very big fan of soccer. He is devoted fan of English Premier League team Manchester City, and he got right behind the USA Womens National Soccer team during their World Cup campaign.
Chase has shared the stage with some big superstars.
Chase has opened up for Luke Bryan (2018), Florida Georgia Line (2016), and Kenny Chesney (2015). Who can forget when Chase jumped on stage with FGL for the final song at CMC Rocks 2016 – The song he wrote with FGL, Cruise baby! Tyler sung the Ludacris part of the remix version while Chase sang for Tyler.
Chase could have been a football star!
Chase has always had a huge passion for American Football and even played for the University of North Carolina during his university days before an ankle injury put a halt to any chance of a career in the NFL. Like fellow former college football player Sam Hunt and golfer Jake Owen, Rice turned to music for a new chapter in life once he knew sport wasn’t going to work out.
He was a contestant on the famous reality show “Survivor”.
He appeared on Survivor: Nicaragua in 2010 and he made it all the way to the top 3 of the reality show. A friend at college had connections with the tv network that produced the show.
He worked in NASCAR.
Before appearing on Survivor, he was working in a NASCAR team’s Pit Crew. Following his graduation from UNC, he joined Hendrick Motorsports as the rear tyre carrier on Ryan Newman’s car.
From football player to pit crewman to a reality tv show to a famous country singer-songwriter. What a journey! He told Survivor cameras about his (now former) job:
Johnny Ringo’s Says No
He almost wasn’t allowed to party at Johnny Ringo’s in Brisbane…. He told Big Stu & MJ how a bouncer didn’t believe his story:
Now You Know Chase Rice!
A very talented song writer, Rice’s credibility in the industry failed to match his talents as the song writer was quickly placed in the ‘bro country’ category as the industry collectively begun to try and shake off the tag (we hate the name, but love the music!). This meant Rice was in danger of being left behind.
Keen to prove he too can write music for a more mature and respectful audience, Rice’s Lams & Lions album is a masterpiece that should raise his reputation. We’re looking forward to the next album Chase and of course your performance at the Gympie Music Muster.