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article imageChase Rice talks 'Ignite the Night' CD and 'Hourly Gig' contest Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 15, 2014 in Music
Rising country singer Chase Rice chatted about his upcoming album "Ignite the Night," as well as the forthcoming Hourly Gig contest that he is involved with.
Rice will be a part of the third annual Hourly Gig contest, which gives aspiring musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents on a national stage, and open for him on September 5 in Denver. "Through Snagajob, they basically submit a video of them singing an original song, and me and some other judges, narrow it down the to the Top five, and the fans vote for the winner to open for me in Denver," he said. "I know how hard it is to break into the music industry. It is a cool thing for me to be a part of, since it gives another person an opportunity to sing in front of a large crowd."
For aspiring singers and bands to enter this Hourly Gig contest, they need to submit a video of an original song performance at their website before the entry period closes on August 8. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges, and they will be narrowed down to five finalists by the judges, with the eventual winner determined by a popular vote.
As a songwriter, Rice, co-wrote the Florida Georgia Line chart-topping single "Cruise," and he is currently climbing the country charts with his recent solo single "Ready Set Roll," which has been certified gold. "That feels awesome," he admitted. "It's pretty unbelievable to have one as an artist. I have had one as a writer for 'Cruise,' but this one now is more meaningful to me."
A North Carolina native, Rice is out on the road promoting his new album Ignite the Night, which will be out on August 19 via his label, Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels. "It has twelve new songs and it is full of party songs and it will have two or three ballads on there," he said.
While his new album is his main focus, he hopes to get his single "Ready Set Roll" higher on the charts, as it sits at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts. "It is climbing and it is doing well, and the main thing is that people are singing it back to me at the shows," he said.
For Rice, the CMA Music Fest this year in Nashville, Tennessee, was a success. "People came to the show, I was busy, and it was great," he said.
This past April, he played at The Emporium in Patchogue, New York, while opening for country star Sara Evans.
For more information on country singer Chase Rice, his new CD and "Hourly Gig" contest, check out his website.
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