Chase Martin’s first official single as a signed artist is out! The rising star just released “Levi Denim” written by hit writers Abby Anderson, Matt Stell and Alison Veltz-Cruz, on RECORDS Nashville, an imprint of Sony Music, and is ready to make her mark on country music.
“I’ve released singles independently before,” Chase told Everything Nash, explaining why she already has more than 109,000 followers on Facebook, and 201,000 on Instagram. “This is my first single that’s backed by a major label.”
And what a single it is. Although Chase, who writes plenty of songs, didn’t write “Levi Denim,” she knew right away the potential it had to be a big, big hit.
“My manager, Ash Bowers, actually sent it to me,” Chase recalled. “It was one of those things where, I’m a writer too. So I think my dream was always for my debut single to be one that I wrote. But at the end of the day, when I heard it, I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, this sounds like something I would have written. It sounds like me. It’s who I am. It’s who I want to be.’ It’s something that I think every girl can relate to. So it was kind of a no-brainer. I was just like, ‘Man, they killed it. I have to cut this.'”
Chase, who graduated from high school a year early with a 5.0 GPA, skipped college and moved to Nashville when she was only 17 years old, with a dream of a record deal. That dream came true, but she never imagined that it would happen while the world was shut down because of COVID-19.
“I actually signed it May 1st, during coronavirus quarantine and everything,” the Charleston, South Carolina native recounted. “So I signed it in my apartment via DocuSign, with an e-signature, which is hilarious. I just got to announce it … I couldn’t tell anybody. I told just people that I know really well, friends and family, of course. I couldn’t tell anybody on social media or anything like that.”
“Levi Denim” is the first of likely many singles from Chase, who is eager to share more of her music with her fans.
“This is the first single, and from here we do have a few more songs ready to go,” Chase shared. “We’re planning on going back in the studio and cutting some more. I’m not sure if we’re going to just continue to release singles or we’re going to put it out as need be.”
Now 22, Chase acknowledges that it’s the support of her parents that keeps motivating her to work hard, harder than anyone else.
“My mom and dad have always been really supportive of my music,” Chase said, adding that her mother tried to convince her to go to college first. “Once I made the decision to say, ‘Hey, I’m moving to Nashville. I have to do this,’ she supported me 100 percent, and was just like, ‘If you’re going to do this, you better work your tush off, and you better do it.’
“That’s really stuck in my head, like, ‘Okay, let’s do it. There’s no turning back now,'” she remarked. “I work really hard and I’m ready to work even harder. Now when all the work starts.”