Chase Rice (born September 19, 1986) is an American country singer and songwriter. He co-wrote the single "Cruise" performed by Florida Georgia Line. He released the EP Ready Set Roll, featuring the single "Ready Set Roll", on October 15, 2013. The full-length album Ignite the Night was released on August 19, 2014 and includes "Ready Set Roll", the gold single. On August 27, 2014 Ignite The Night debuted at #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums.
He was a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua, where he was the runner-up to Jud "Fabio" Birza.
Early life and education, and early career
Born in Florida, Chase Rice was raised on a farm in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended AC Reynolds High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a linebacker on the football team.
After graduating from UNC, he was selected to join the Hendrick Motorsports pit crew as the rear tire carrier for Ryan Newman's Nationwide series car. He also worked on Jimmie Johnson's Cup car and won two championships with the Lowe's team.
Rice was selected as a castmember of Survivor: Nicaragua. He said that he was able to get his application into CBS through a college friend who had a connection with the network. On the nationally televised reunion show, he played his single "Buzz Back". Although he received national media attention on the show, he says that reality show stardom did not help propel his country music career; instead, he cited it as an important life event that was more valuable than money and that put his life in perspective.
Country music career
Rice began playing guitar in college. He cites his father as the inspiration for his country career, recalling his father saying "boy anyone can play guitar, but no one is gonna really listen to you until you start singing." He models his albums after his live show and is building his career through the performance aspect. His first studio album, "Friday Nights & Sunday Mornings", did not have a definite date of release, but it is believed to have been released sometime in 2010. This 13 track album includes Rice's first song he ever wrote/recorded, "Larger Than Life", which is about the passing of his father. In March 2011, he released Country as Me, a 6 track EP featuring his single "Buzz Back". In April 2012, his Dirt Road Communion debuted as #48 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and was the #6 download on iTunes for the week.
In July 2012, he signed with Creative Artists Agency. He was a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise", which topped Billboard Hot Country Songs.
In October 2013, he released Ready Set Roll, a 6 song EP including the title track. Ready Set Roll peaked at #1 on the iTunes Country album chart. The physical version of the album was released in November 2013 and included the bonus song "Jack Daniel's and Jesus". On January 29, 2014, the official "Ready Set Roll" music video premiered exclusively on CMT. The next day, the video debuted on VEVO. He partnered with Columbia Records for distribution of "Ready Set Roll" in March 2014.
On June 30, 2014, Rice released the album cover, release date, and album sequence for Ignite the Night. The full-length album was released on August 19, 2014 and includes the Gold-certified single, "Ready Set Roll".