Chase Rice

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Chase Rice
Rice in 2016
Rice in 2016
Background information
Born (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 38)
Ormond Beach, Florida
OriginAsheville, North Carolina, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2010–present

Chase Rice (born September 19, 1985[1]) is an American country music singer, songwriter and reality television personality. He first came to prominence in 2010 while he was a contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua, where he was the runner-up to Jud "Fabio" Birza. In the same year Rice began focusing on a career in country music, and later co-wrote the diamond-certified single "Cruise", performed by Florida Georgia Line.

Rice has released six studio albums, and his third album, Ignite the Night, debuted atop the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.[2] He has also scored two number-one singles on the Country Airplay chart with "Eyes on You"[3] and "Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen." (featuring Florida Georgia Line). Prior to 2010, Rice was a former college football linebacker for the North Carolina Tar Heels and a former NASCAR pit crew member for Hendrick Motorsports.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Born in Florida, Rice was raised on a farm in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended AC Reynolds High School[4] and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a linebacker on the football team. He did not pursue an NFL career due to injury.[5][6]

After graduating from UNC, Rice 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 Sprint Cup Series car and won two championships with the Lowe's team.[4][7]


Rice was selected as a cast member of the reality television show 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.[8]

Rice was originally on the La Flor tribe, consisting of younger contestants. During his time on the tribe, he was quickly attracted to fellow contestant Brenda Lowe, who became aware of his attraction and used it to her advantage, recruiting him and several others into an alliance. After La Flor won three of the first four tribal immunity challenges, the tribes were blended and Rice ended up on the new version of the original "older contestants" tribe, Espada, while Lowe remained on the new version of the La Flor tribe. Rice and Lowe both ultimately made it to the merged group, Libertad, where their alliance successfully caused the eliminations of Alina Wilson and Marty Piombo, before turning on Lowe and eliminating her as a threat. Following Lowe's elimination, Rice continued with the alliance under new leader Matthew "Sash" Lenahan. After two contestants (NaOnka Mixon and "Purple Kelly" Shinn) quit, the alliance continued eliminating targets Ben "Benry" Henry, Jane Bright, Dan Lembo, and Holly Hoffman, although Bright and Hoffman were members of the alliance. The alliance tried to eliminate Jud "Fabio" Birza as a threat against the jury, but Birza managed to evade them by winning the last three immunity challenges. Rice performed exceptionally well in the post-merge challenges, being on the winning team in two of the three team-oriented rewards, and winning the last two individual rewards. Eventually, Rice made it to the final three with Lenahan and Birza, where he had a chance to win the $1 million as "Sole Survivor". In pleading his case to the jury, Rice claimed that he was being open about how he played the game, but was criticized both for his rash decisions and occasional indecisiveness, as well as being perceived as a follower under both Lowe and Lenahan. Although both Rice and Lenahan tried to accuse Birza of not knowing what was going on in the competition, the jury still ultimately chose Birza who received five of the nine votes; Rice received the votes of Hoffman, Bright, Lowe, and Wilson.

On the nationally televised reunion show, Rice played his single "Buzz Back".[9] 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.

In the official issue of CBS Watch magazine, commemorating the 15th anniversary of Survivor in 2015, Rice was voted by viewers as the 10th "steamiest" male contestant in Survivor history.[10]

Country music career[edit]

Rice in 2020

Chase Rice began playing guitar in college. He cites his father as the inspiration for his career, recalling his father saying "boy anyone can play guitar, but no one is gonna really listen to you until you start singing."[7] He creates his albums based on the live shows he has and is building his career through performing.[5] His first studio album, Friday Nights & Sunday Mornings, was released on April 22, 2010. This 13-track album includes the first song he ever wrote/recorded, "Larger Than Life", which is about the passing of his father. This is the only full-length album Rice has released that is not available for digital purchase or streaming.

In March 2011, he released Country as Me, a six-track EP featuring his single "Buzz Back". He has received air play as a "Highway Find" on satellite radio channel The Highway. In April 2012, his second studio album Dirt Road Communion debuted at number 48 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.[5] This album included the original recordings of "Jack Daniels and Jesus" and "How She Rolls", the latter of which has been removed from streaming and digital platforms in its original form. "Whoa" has also been removed from all digital and streaming platforms, but was never re-released leaving the current total tracks on the album at 14. "Happy Hour (Worktape)" includes a hidden track, "Kiss My Ass", which begins at the 4:31 minute mark on the song.

In July 2012, he signed with Creative Artists Agency.[11] He was a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" which topped Billboard Hot Country Songs.[12]

In October 2013, he released Ready Set Roll, a six-song EP including the title track. 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.[13] The next day the video debuted on VEVO. He partnered with Columbia Records for distribution of "Ready Set Roll" in March 2014.[14]

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 included the platinum-certified single, "Ready Set Roll".

In February 2016, Rice released "Whisper", which was intended to be the lead single from an upcoming album. The song was unsuccessful commercially, peaking at number 56 on the week of April 23, 2016, after just 3 weeks of being on the Country Airplay chart.[15] It is currently the single which has peaked the lowest for Rice only behind "How She Rolls" which peaked at number 55 in 2013, and never received real label backing. After releasing the single, Rice issued a letter to his fans which said, "If you have listened to my music for years and want to hear more depth and meaning, I very much appreciate you, too, and your desires will also be fulfilled on this album (and truthfully, that was my goal on previous albums with songs like "Carolina Can" and "Every Song I Sing")." He went on to mention that he was influenced by Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney.[16] Rice then released "Everybody We Know Does", which was sent to country radio on June 24, 2016.[17]

After "Everybody We Know Does" failed to crack the top 25, Rice left Columbia in 2017 and signed to Broken Bow Records the same year. The lead single from Rice's first album with BBR, "Three Chords and the Truth", was sent to country radio.[18] This single was highly praised by both country fans and radio, as this was his first single to crack the Top 25 on the Country Airplay chart in 4 years. Lambs & Lions is Rice's first album on Broken Bow Records/BMG and is also the first album released by BBR since the BMG takeover. The album was released on November 17, 2017.

Rice's single "Eyes on You" became his first number one on country radio on May 6, 2019, staying at the top for two weeks.[19] He then released the follow-up single "Lonely If You Are" on July 1, 2019.[20] Rice also wrote and performed the inaugural theme song for The Pat McAfee Show, which was used from September 10, 2019, to April 30, 2020.[21]

Rice appeared on the fourth episode of season 24 of The Bachelor, performing at a private concert for bachelor Peter Weber and his date, Victoria Fuller, at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Fuller later revealed that she had previously dated Rice.[22][23][24]

On June 27, 2020, Rice played a concert at the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, in Petros, Tennessee, where many fans chose to ignore recommended safety measures against spreading and contracting COVID-19. Reaction to the concert drew negative outcry from fans and the music industry.[25] In response to the criticism Rice stated: "If it were up to me I wouldn't cancel one damn show, but it ain't.... I personally, choose not to live scared, especially of something that I can't really control."[26]

In November 2020, Rice released the single "Drinkin' Beer. Talkin' God. Amen." featuring his long-time friends Florida Georgia Line.[27] It is the second single from Rice's fifth studio album, The Album, which was released on May 28, 2021.[28]

In November 2022, Rice announced his sixth studio album I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go to Hell, which was released in February 2023.[29][30] The sole single from the album, "Bad Day to Be a Cold Beer",[31] was released in May and music videos were produced for "Bench Seat", "Way Down Yonder" and "I Hate Cowboys".[32] During the year, Rice promoted the album on the Way Down Yonder tour,[33] and was a supporting act for Jelly Roll and Old Dominion.[34][35] In early 2024, Rice will embark on his headlining "Get Western Tour" across Canada and the Pacific Northwest, with Owen Riegling and Palmer Anthony as supporting acts.[36]





  • Jack Daniels and Jesus Tour with The Cadillac Three (2015)[37]
  • Campus Events Network Presents College Days, Country Nights: Chase Rice Back to College Tour (2016)[38]
  • Everybody We Know Does Tour with Ryan Hurd and Lacy Cavalier (2016)[39]
  • Pub Shows (2017)[40]
  • Eyes on You Tour (2018)[41]
  • Way Down Yonder Tour (2023)


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  9. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (December 20, 2010). "'Survivor' Finalist Chase Rice Debuts Country Song on Season Finale". Taste of Country.
  10. ^ Ross, Dalton (February 10, 2015). "Wait, where's @JohnMCochran?". Twitter. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
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  17. ^ Lauren Laffer (June 24, 2016). "Chase Rice Releases New Single, 'Everybody We Know Does' Sounds Like Nashville". Retrieved July 31, 2016.
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  19. ^ Stevens, Buck (May 13, 2019). "Chase Rice Holds Number One for Second Week with "Eyes On You"". Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  20. ^ Jim Casey (June 7, 2019). "Chase Rice Drops Friendly New Single, "Lonely If You Are" [Listen]". The Country Daily. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  21. ^ "The Pat McAfee Show - Tuesday September 10th". September 10, 2019 – via YouTube.
    "The Pat McAfee Show - Thursday, April 30th". April 30, 2020 – via YouTube.
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  23. ^ Garvey, Marianne (January 28, 2020). "Chase Rice claims 'Bachelor' producers blindsided him with his ex-girlfriend on latest episode". CNN. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  24. ^ Yarborough, Chuck (January 27, 2020). "Cedar Point episode of 'The Bachelor' was a cold, blustery lesson in reality . . . and it wasn't pretty". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
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  26. ^ "Country singers criticize Chase Rice as 'selfish' for concert in front of hundreds in Tennessee". The Washington Post. June 30, 2020.
  27. ^ Windsor, Pam (November 30, 2020). "Chase Rice Teams Up With Florida Georgia Line For New Song 'Drinkin' Beer Talkin' God Amen'". Forbes. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  28. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". AllAccess. Retrieved May 29, 2021.
  29. ^ "Chase Rice Announces New Album 'I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go To Hell'". WFMS. November 20, 2022. Archived from the original on November 21, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2023.
  30. ^ Windsor, Pam (February 20, 2023). "Chase Rice Finds His True Voice On New Album 'I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go to Hell'". Forbes. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  31. ^ "CHASE RICE DELIVERS SUMMER ANTHEM "BAD DAY TO BE A COLD BEER" TO COUNTRY RADIO". May 8, 2023. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  32. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (February 10, 2023). "Chase Rice Refines His Artistic Voice on New Album: 'I'm Not Chasing Anything Anymore'". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  33. ^ Jess (December 13, 2022). "Chase Rice Will Showcase New Album on 2023 Way Down Yonder Tour". Taste of Country. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  34. ^ Black, Lauren Jo (February 20, 2023). "Jelly Roll FaceTimes Ashley McBryde, Chase Rice & More To Make Big Announcement". Country Now. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  35. ^ O'Connell, Madeleine (May 2, 2023). "Old Dominion Extends No Bad Vibes Tour With New Arena Shows And Special Guests". Country Now. Retrieved October 24, 2023.
  36. ^ Hollabaugh, Lorie (November 22, 2023). "Chase Rice To Head Up North For 'Get Western Tour'". Music Row. Retrieved December 25, 2023.
  37. ^ "Chase Rice Is Gonna Wanna See You This Fall on Tour". July 25, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  38. ^ "CHASE LAUNCHING BACK TO COLLEGE TOUR IN APRIL 2016". Archived from the original on March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
  39. ^ "Chase Rice Books 2016 Everybody We Know Does Tour". Taste of Country. July 12, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  40. ^ "CHASE RICE'S UPCOMING "PUB SHOWS"". EB Media. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  41. ^ "Chase Rice Announces 14-City Eyes on You Tour". One Country. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.

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Preceded by Runner-Up of Survivor
Survivor: Nicaragua
Succeeded by
Phillip Sheppard