Most artists can only cross their fingers and pray to land somewhere near the top of the charts with their latest album. Country artist Chase Rice has landed at #1 on the iTunes country albums chart this week … and his album isn’t even out yet.
Preorders for Rice’s first full-length album, “Ignite The Night,” have skyrocketed him to the top. The album doesn’t come out until Aug. 19, but thanks to the success of his first single “Ready Set Roll” and multiple preorder packages available on his website, fans have put the album in the top position on the country album chart and in the top 20 for albums overall.
The Chase Rice marketing machine has been working full force this summer: Chase is currently on tour opening for Dierks Bentley, and will continue to tour throughout the summer and fall, including a stop at the sold out Watershed Festival at The Gorge in Quincy, WA. He has also partnered with Snagajob for their 3rd annual Hourly Gig contest.
The Hourly Gig contest is geared toward giving hourly workers or job seekers the chance to pursue their musical dreams. Wannabe artists upload a video of themselves (or their band) performing an original song (note: cover songs not allowed) for a shot at winning an all-expenses paid trip to Denver to open for Chase Rice on Sep. 5.
During a phone interview conducted last week, Chase talked about how excited he was to be a part of The Hourly Gig contest this year. He knows how hard it is to break into the music business, the country scene in particular. He noted that he was proud to be involved in something that would help another artist achieve what he is just now getting a taste of. In addition to that, he couldn’t believe that the winner would be the opening act for him at his show in Denver, Colo., when he himself is used to being the opening act.
For some Rice’s rise in the country music scene was expected. He is, after all, one of the co-writers of Florida Georgia Line’s smash hit “Cruise.” But how he began his rise may surprise a lot of people. He was a star linebacker for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until an injury forced him to the sidelines. After college he joined the Hendrick Motorsports pit crew, where he was a rear tire carrier on the NASCAR circuit for the Ryan Newman.
Some may even recognize from television. In 2010 he was selected as a cast member for “Survivor: Nicaragua” and came in second place, losing to winner Jud “Fabio” Birza by one vote. When asked during the interview whether he thought his stint on “Survivor” had helped boost his fledging music career, he was quick to point out that while winning would have helped to get the album recorded financially, he has still put in a lot of hard work to get to where he is today, all without using his participation in the show as a way to get doors opened.
For more information on Chase Rice’s album “Ignite the Night” and upcoming tour dates, check out his website at www.ChaseRice.com.
For more information on Snagajob’s contest The Hourly Gig, go to www.thehourlygig.com. Video submissions are being accepted through Aug. 8. The winner will be announced on Aug. 29 and will perform as the opening act for Chase on Sep. 5 in Denver. Past winners include Ben Gallaher (2012, opened for Brantley Gilbert) and The Darlins (2013, opened for Montgomery Gentry).