Chase Bryant Previews His Debut Album: ‘The Music Is Honest’
"You only have one first time and I don't want to blow it, so I'm trying to get the record correct," he tells Taste of Country about his forthcoming project.
Bryant is involved in every aspect of the album creation, from writing the songs to performing each guitar part, as well as co-producing the project. He says it's a big task to accomplish, but it's the only way to get the sound he wants and to accurately share who he is as an artist. While he admits the writing process is grueling, he'd rather the songs come directly from him.
"It's the only way I know to get that sound across that people can really connect with and go, 'That's Chase Bryant.' I wanted people to be able to turn the radio on and know who it is by the first time the note hits," he explains.
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist says his album will tell the story of a single guy. While there are some love songs thrown into the mix, he says he's not quite ready for a serious relationship himself. Instead, the album will encapsulate the ups and downs that being single can bring. From sneaking out late with a girl and being with the wrong person, to party anthems and hanging with friends, it will be a well-rounded album.
You only have one first time and I don't want to blow it, so I'm trying to get the record correct.
Bryant released a five-song EP in 2014 and says one of the songs, "Change Your Name," will likely be on his full-length. As he explains, it's one of the most honest songs he's ever written, and details what he wants one day for himself.
"I want a family. I want to get married. I want to have kids one day," he states. "I want to go through all those things and it takes time, I realize. But you're going to find that person one day that you're going to have to hit the knee and realize that there's some things I'm going to have to change and I'm going to have to settle down, and there's a lot of things I'm going to give up to go forward with somebody."
While Bryant is in no rush to settle down, he admits that he is slowly warming up to the idea and is keeping his heart open. In the meantime he's hard at work on the road, and much of his live show is helping to shape the album. He says he's making sure that whatever he chooses to perform live, he will enjoy singing for the next 40 years.
"I'm playing some new stuff out live and finding what works. Then there's the ones that I just have that feeling: 'I know this is going to work, trust me.' I'm tailoring my records around what I think I've learned in the past couple years of touring and finding out who I am," he adds.
"I think to sum it all up, the music is honest. It's something that people can relate to," he says. "It's something that people can go, 'I've been there. I've done that. I've lived through this.'"
While no release date has been announced, Bryant says his album will likely be out later this year.
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