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THEN AND NOW: CHASE MITCHELL!



We first featured Chase Mitchell back in 2006. So much in the industry and in his life may have changed, but one thing remains the same. He is still humble and appreciative of everything. "I feel like being genuine ultimately is a good code of ethics to live by. My biggest thing is those that are loyal to me I am loyal back to." Mitchell explains. He reached out to say thank you and that he still remembers how much I helped him back in the day. And that says a lot to me.

Flashback to 2006. Chase could be found on stages across the nation playing  at fairs, festivals and clubs, opening for artists such as Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, and Keith Urban. While it kept him busy for awhile, the time came for the next step. Mitchell was seeking a record deal  at a time when the industry was changing. "Myspace and the digital world had stuck their finger in the record labels eyes and had them on lock down. Nobody was willing to make a decision, and it changed how artists were signed." he shares. After receiving various offers that never came to be, he decided to cross over into pop music. During the next few years Chase had the opportunity to work with Grammy award winning Producer David Cobb on a song he wrote entitled "Thank You" and release a crazy cool remix of "Hit Me Baby One More Time".

Making the change to pop music was natural, as he classifies his style in the beginning as country pop. Mitchell saw his music as being ahead of it's time. "Country back then hadn't made its transition. Taylor Swift was a pioneer. It took her success to bridge the gap which is pop country." Mitchell says.

When asked what some of his favorite memories were he quips "Of course meeting you and having your fan book and that crazy incredible street team you put together." Those were fun memories for us as well. Also on the list was opening for Taylor Swift,  playing CMA Fest two years in a row,  recording an unreleased song by his idol Keith Urban, and the day he met Tony Conway.

Chase's personal life was about to become a whirlwind. He got engaged and wife Jacqueline became pregnant. "I was beginning to hate the road I was on." Chase confesses. "Being in that whirlwind and trying to start a family I needed to take a step back." and the last few years he has done just that.

What makes him choose to take this moment to pick up where he left off and resume chasing his music dreams? His daughter Brooklyn. Chase tells me about this dream he had envisioning her mid twenties, having followed a dream for a few years and had given it her all. She was beaten down at the struggles of chasing her dreams, and had gave up and settled. It broke his heart. "I 'm at a crossroads where if I don't do this I'm setting an example, and sending a message to my daughter that it's okay to fail. I'm doing it so that she knows it is OK to follow your heart and it is absolutely OK to follow your dreams at all costs." he declares.


Becoming a dad was a real eye opener. "The instant that I watched my child come to life, the capacity of what I thought I could care for went to a whole another level. It has changed me in a lot of ways, all for the good. I wouldn't change it for the world."

Chase has grown not only as an artist but as a person. The greatest thing he takes away from all of this is that he has been able to look at his failures and shortcomings, and to learn from them. A few of the lessons learned were:  less is best, quality over quantity, and taking a moment. He says immediately saying yes to opportunities and not taking the time to think them through is where he often made a mistake. Sometimes it worked out for the best, other times it led him down the wrong path. Rather than let past mistakes discourage him Chase believes "You fall down nine you get up ten. And you don't judge yourself for the times you fell down."

Mitchell is finding his journey easier the second time around because he has so much experience, and has learned the ropes. He's grateful for the mistakes he made as a teen. "I thank the broken roads. I look at it as it got me to where I'm at."

He is honored to be coming back full circle and having the opportunity to work with the legendary Tony Conway (Garth Brooks, George Strait, Lo-Cash) again. "He could have easily not picked up my phone call having not talked for 6 years straight. But he gave me a warm welcome. It made me think maybe this wasn't all for nothing, and helped me validate the past and what the future entails."

The industry has changed dramatically in the past decade. "Being able to do it yourself more and control that bus I think  ultimately it's a pendulum. Right now it's swaying towards the artist. Eventually, when the artist gets to the point, they can decide if they want to push that pendulum back toward the label." Chase is a firm believer in the need to work hard on your music and to build that relationship with fans, utilizing available tools.  "If you're an artist you've earned that title because your fans gave you that title." At the end of the day without fans you've got nothing."



He loves that social media has made it so easy to get directly to the fans. "As someone who values being in the studio creating stuff for fans to appreciate now I can reach them and be close to them without having to wait until I come to their city."

However he also sees a darker side to various online platforms. "I feel like a lot of people these days think social media is the end all be all. And I think it needs to looked at as a tool, and not as a guide for what's real talent and what's not." For Chase it is important to keep it about the music. "Stay true to the art, continue to write songs. As long as my head is in that arena and not caught up about how many tweets can I send out today or how many Snapchats, because that is not what music is about. Music is art and expression of one's creativity." 

Chase Mitchell has two concrete goals for 2017, landing a publishing deal and getting back out playing shows. Ultimately he believes in letting the future unfold. "I look at what I'm going to do like driving down the highway at night with my lights on. Your not second guessing if the road is suddenly going to end. You just keep driving with faith knowing that it's going to fold out in front of you. I know without a doubt and with faith that the road is going to keep unfolding as long as I keep on the path that I've started on."

Mitchell is looking forward to seeing where that road takes him. "Coming back to it I have this breath of fresh air. I am really excited about this next wave." We are looking forward to seeing where the road takes him, and encourage you to keep your eyes and ears open for this artist!










 

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