I was lucky enough to connect with Chase Allan via Twitter. It's funny how technology has allowed people to reach one another from around the world that normally would never connect. We started chatting and he shared some of his music with me. That lead to more chatting and the sharing of more music. Well before I get into it more let me post his replies to my questions so you can learn about him more through his own words
1) Could you please introduce yourself and tell us what you do?
Hello from Nashville....My name is Chase Allan and I’m a Nashville based Artist.
I sing, write, and produce my own music. I’ve played all over the U.S. including most of the hot spots in Nashville. I was nominated and won the Nashville Top Independent Male Country Artist Award. I’ve been fortunate to work with many of the top Studio Musicians and Engineers in Nashville. I’ve been “Walking the Line’ and making music in Nashville for the last 5 years.
2) Where are you from?
I’m originally from Florida and Ohio...I lived in both States growing up.
3) How did you get into music and why?
The first time I ever performed was at the age of 4 yrs. old. It was in a small church where my mother was the song leader. At a young age I was around music all the time. I went on to study Classical Music. Including training Vocally in Classical music. I also was involved with Jazz which believe it or not I played Trumpet. First performance playing Jazz was at 15 in a local Jazz club. I was involved in high school with everything I could do concerning music...Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Recitals, and what I thought at the time a cool high school Rock band. I taught myself to play piano at a young age which ultimately led me to playing other instruments. I eventually started to write music at the age of 12. I still can remember my first song a song for my first crush.
I’ve loved music from a young age, all kinds of music. Music impacted my everyday life growing up and still does to this day. Music is a form of sharing a part of yourself with people and it allows you to communicate ideas, which for me is always positive.
4) Who are your influences in music?
My influences range widely. I’ve always loved Lead Vocalists who could bring it on stage. Singers like Paul Rogers, Steve Perry, Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant. These guys are all icons. I also love performers Dwight Yoakum, Bryan Adams, and Vince Gill.
There so many that I listen to that I just say Wow!
5) What is your focus and some of your goals for your music career?
My focus is to continue to build a solid fan base and to continue to write great music at a high level, The fans deserve that from me. I also presently looking for a Label that understand my vision in where I want to take my music which is to the next level.
6) Where can people hear you online?
Sound Cloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/chaseallanmusic
7) What if anything do you want the fans to know about you?
I would like the fans to know that I do and always will put the fans first. They are the driving force behind why I keep going on in this crazy music business. I love to interact with fans and I do it on a daily basis. It’s a lot of fun to meet people from all over the world and to have the opportunity to share my music with them.
8) Any advice for people looking to pursue a dream of music?
Really three things. First always believe in yourself because there will be times as an artist where you feel like the cards are stacked against ya. You always have to remember to be determined in pursuit of your dream.
Second you have to really have your own identity, your own sound that stands out from the rest of the pack. Third I tell other artists when one door closes, kick the next one in. There will always be opportunities for you. Sometimes you have to make them. Get out there and shine with your music, don’t hide it.
9) How would you describe your sound?
My Sound is a whole lotta Rock n Roll with just enough Country to make it fun. My music is very Radio friendly but not simple. I love to use ups and downs in my music. Taking people on a emotional journey is what it’s all about.
10) When and where is your next show so fans can get the full music experience?
At this moment we are still preparing my Show dates. Stay tuned with my Twitter and Facebook for dates. I will be doing a Charity Show in Malibu, California in the Spring. The date and information will be announced.
11) Is there any charity you support or would like to help bring attention to?
I really would like to bring attention to The Somer Thompson Foundation. She was a 7 yr. old girl who was kidnapped and murdered from Florida. Actually my song “You Say Goodnight” was inspired by her death.
12) Do you have a favorite moment or highlight you would share with us?
The first time I ever recorded in Nashville was a Treasure Isle Studio.
I had to show the arrangement of one of my songs to some of the top studio musicians in Nashville. So I gathered them around the grand piano and started to play. Chris Leuzinger of Garth Brooks, Rich Redmond and Tully Kennedy of the Jason Aldean Band, Kenny Greenberg who just played EG for Kenny Chesney’s tour and one of the best B. James Lowery all stood around the piano and listened. I knew I had arrived in Music City.
13) Any final thoughts or comments for the fans out there?
Fans are the most important part of me as an artist. Fans are not just a number to me, every single person is important to me. I love meeting and talking to people who enjoy my music and believe in me. I want to continue to make music at a high level, music that people can get lost in the moment to.
As I was saying before the blog questions that Chase answered for me, we chatted on Twitter and he shared music with me. That brought on emails and Skype conversations and me listening very happily to more of his music. There are a lot of people that share music with me and hope that I will tell them it's great but if I don't honestly like it or something about it I say so. Chase Allan blew me away with his music and I can not encourage people enough to seek it out online. I am officially calling it right now that Chase Allan is a superstar and the rest of the world needs to catch up and see for themselves. This guy is going to take over the music charts and the music world with it! All I can say is that it is going to be a pleasure to meet the man behind the music when he makes it up to Canada. In the meantime we will all have to look forward to following him online. Chase, thank you for answering my questions and I look forward to what is sure to be a very successful career!