Chase Rice is announcing the release of his fourth studio album, Lambs & Lions—his first new music since 2013’s Ignite the Night— on Nov. 17. The new album is personal one for Chase after cutting ties with his previous record label to team up with Broken Bow records.
“This is an album that stands for what I stand for,” Chase said “I don’t think of myself as a country artist specifically—I’m here to be an artist, period. I’m very proud of the country genre, and I think we have some big country radio songs on here, but outside of that, there’s a story I wanted to tell, regardless of genre. I had to completely put out of my mind what anyone else would think. I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I took it as far as I possibly could.”
The 31- year-old singer found success with his first album Ignite the Night, which reached the top of the charts and produced a Top 5 single, “Ready Set Roll.” But after seeing his next two singles stall on the chart, the North Carolina decided it was time to make a change.
“I was just throwing a bunch of stuff on a wall and seeing what stuck,” he told Rolling Stone. “There is some stuff on there that is the same old [email protected]#$ and I’m tired of that. They’re finally going to see the me I want them to see.”
Chase, who wrote or co-wrote 7 of the 10 tracks on the album, previously announced that he had partnered with the CMA Foundation to help fund music education programs across the U.S. The “Ready Set Roll” singer will be donating the profits from album sales at listening parties in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York City, and Phoenix to the Foundation, along with the proceeds to his sold-out shows at the celebrated Grizzly Rose.
The new album features Chase’s lead single, the personal “Three Chords & The Truth.” In the video, Chase upholds his commitment to music education by surprising a young fan battling hemophilia with a new guitar and giving him his first music lesson.
“[The song] is personal in the sense that it goes back to high school and what it meant to me to hear those songs for the first time,” Chase adds. “‘Three Chords & The Truth’ captures the power of following my dream to Nashville and namechecks my heroes Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Merle Haggard, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.”
Lambs & Lions track listing with songwriters:
- “Lions” – Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice
- “On Tonight” – Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite
- “Unforgettable” – Chase Rice, Josh Miller, Steven Lee Olson, David Garcia
- “Eyes On You” – Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice
- “Saved Me” – MCV, Josh Hoge, Chase Rice
- “One Love, One Kiss, One Drink, One Song” – Jesse Rice, Chase Rice
- “Jack Daniel’s Showed Up” – Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice
- “Three Chords & The Truth” – Chase Rice, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite
- “Amen” – Rodney Clawson, Jamie Moore
- “This Cowboy’s Hat” featuring Ned LeDoux – Jake Brooks