Rock-influenced country singer and songwriter Chase Bryant was barely old enough to order a beer when he first made an impression on the country charts with his song "Take It on Back." Born in 1993 and hailing from the small Texas town of Orange Grove, Bryant was a youngster with music in his blood -- his grandfather was Jimmy Bryant, the legendary Nashville session guitarist, and his uncles Jeff Bryant and Junior Bryant were founding member of the country band Ricochet. Chase's passion for music was sparked when he was just three years old by his grandfather's Jerry Lee Lewis records, and in his teens he developed broad tastes in rock & roll (Tom Petty and Bryan Adams), classic country (Bob Wills, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard), and mainstream country (Vince Gill and Keith Urban), and wrote his first song when he was 11 (in classic country fashion, it was about a girl who broke his heart). With little access to recording studios in Orange Grove, Texas, Bryant assembled a home studio in an empty closet, and after completing high school he headed to Nashville, hoping to find a market for his material. Jimmy Bryant had worked extensively with Roy Orbison, and the connection helped Chase land a publishing contract with Barbara Orbison, Roy's widow and a Music City publishing mogul. A record deal soon followed with Red Bow Records, and the label's A&R staff were so impressed with Chase's demos that they agreed to let him co-produce his own material. In the summer of 2014, Bryant released his debut single, "Take It on Back," which went Top 40 on the country singles charts and rose to 27 on the country airplay listings. ~ Mark Deming
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