Follow Up to Two-Week No. 1 Anthem “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen.” Hits Country Radio Monday, October 18
“If I Were Rock & Roll” Single Art | Photo Credit: Connie Rice | Size: 1.9MB | Type: JPG |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For multi-Platinum entertainer Chase Rice, like so many people, the past year was a period of honest introspection as an unexpected break from touring led him to reflect on his decade-plus musical journey to date. The results of such vulnerable and personal reflection are on full display with brand-new single “If I Were Rock & Roll,” produced by Jay Joyce and available everywhere now, as Rice kicks off the next phase of his songwriting-driven career with the first major release he’s written completely independently.
“As I sat down to write this song at my dining room table, with nothing but a guitar and the line ‘If I Were Jesus,’ inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s ‘If I Was the Priest,’ I wanted to incorporate all of the things that have been such a huge influence in my life into the lyrics,” notes Rice. “From Earnhardt to my military buddies, to Johnny Cash, to my grandpa… these are all people and memories who have shaped the man I am. It’s a very personal, real song to me and yet how the song ends, with the one that got away, makes it one that I think a lot of people will relate to.”
With today’s release, Rice is poised to begin a new chapter grounded in vulnerability and authenticity as “If I Were Rock & Roll” provides the initial sampling of an album’s worth of new music to come.
In addition to working with Joyce for the song’s production, Rice also partnered with multiple individuals personifying the values embodied by the song’s lyrics for an inspiring series of videos featuring The Fighter: Robby Malof, The Rider: Alyssa Curry and The Builder: Brandon Cornell.
“If I were fighting for my dreams, I wouldn’t be afraid of what might happen, but what would happen if I wasn’t really being me,” Rice declares in the first voiceover. “If I were honest with myself, I’d chase that freedom with everything I have,” he adds in the second, before concluding with a powerful mission statement of the project: “If I were being true to myself, I’d build something to be proud of.”
“If I Were Rock & Roll” is available everywhere today, October 8, and arrives at Country radio on Monday, October 18. For more information, visit www.ChaseRice.com and follow Rice on Twitter and Facebook @ChaseRiceMusic and on Instagram @ChaseRice.
About Chase Rice With more than 2 million albums sold and over 2 billion total streams, plus a legion of passionate fans at his high-energy concerts across the globe, Chase Rice has established himself as a powerful force in Nashville and beyond – yet he genuinely sees new release “If I Were Rock & Roll,” available everywhere now, as the launching pad for music that says what he wants to say, how he wants to say it. The brand-new single serves as a follow up to his three-part project, The Album, featuring his latest No. 1 hit, “Drinkin’ Beer. Talkin’ God. Amen. (feat. Florida Georgia Line)” and Platinum-certified Top 10 hit “Lonely If You Are.” This is the same gravelly-voiced Chase Rice fans first fell in love with years ago – but better. Freer. Unbeholden and uninhibited, somehow capable of evoking Chris LeDoux and The Chronic, campfire singalongs and stadium anthems, all at once. The new music builds upon the success of his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, which featured the Double-Platinum, two-week chart topper “Eyes On You” – Rice’s first No. 1 as an artist and the most-streamed song of his career (nearly 550M streams to date). Lambs & Lions followed Ignite the Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, producing a pair of Top 5 hits; “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” In addition to supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival stadium tour, Rice has consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his own headlining tours and is set to join Kane Brown’s Blessed & Free Tour in early 2022.