Some artists have been working their whole lives to get a record deal and a song on the radio. Others, like Chris Lane, came to music later in their lives. For Chris it didn’t happen until after college, but that can be attributed to the fact that his days at UNC-Charlotte were spent focusing on baseball. Since, graduating Chris has been working hard to get to the point he’s at today. His debut single “Broken Windshield View” sold over ten thousand copies during the first week and was featured as “New and Noteworthy” on iTunes. He toured with Florida Georgia Line and Nelly over the summer and is getting ready to head back out on tour with Jerrod Niemann.
So what can you expect off his debut album, his live shows with Jerrod, and more?
What influenced you to get involved with music?
“Music wasn’t something that I was always in, but I have always loved music and loved singing along with the radio. I didn’t get into music until I was graduating college and that’s when I was starting to learn how to play the guitar.
I was majorly influenced by Keith Urban, I had been to a few of his concerts, I loved his music, everything about his shows; and that was when I was like ‘I wanna learn how to play the guitar.'”
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
“I’ve always loved George Strait, Garth Brooks, and Tim McGraw as well as Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.”
Do you write your own songs?
“I put out a record a few years ago that was all my own stuff. Those songs were songs that I sat down for the first time ever and tried to write; and all I could draw from were experiences that I had or stories that other people had told me. To this day, I still try to write like that, but at the same time I’m getting in and learning more from more experienced writers. It’s still write what you feel, but at the same time I’ve learned there are different ways to do it now.”
Do you ever get stuck while writing?
“I would say it’s one of the most challenging things. Often times I’ll be in a write and everybody in the room, including myself, is struggling to think of what the line should be you just fall back in your seat be like ‘Why is writing so hard!'”
What can fans expect from your debut album?
“I think Broken Windshield View is a good indication of what’s to come. As far as sound goes, lyrically some of the other songs are right down the alley of that, but they’re also just that pop-rock-country kind of vibe through most of it. There’s some songs on there that are particularly my favorites but I think I have a lot of good songs that I’m very excited about and I can’t wait for people to hear that.
As for the release date, I’m hoping it will be released some time before the end of this year; if not early next year.”
Are there any venues you’d love to play at?
“For sure. I’m a huge football fan, and a huge Carolina Panthers football fan, so it would be cool to play at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, close to where I went to college, where Panthers play. Also to play a full show at Turner Field where the Atlanta Braves play would be pretty awesome.”
If you had to pinpoint one career changing moment what it be?
“It was more of a gradual change. For me one of the biggest moments of my career so far was getting asked to be a part of Florida Georgia Line’s This is How We Roll Summer Series over the summer. That was a dream come true.”
You’re heading out on the Get Your Buzz Back Tour with Jerrod Niemann in a couple weeks, what are you looking forward out there?
“Just seeing a lot of new faces and playing in a lot of new markets like LA, New York, San Diego, and Texas. So I’ll get to play in front of a lot of people that may have never heard me before and that I’ve never played to live before.”
Do you have any advice for up and coming artists?
“I would say, knowing what I know now, if you’re trying to become an artist tour as much as you possibly can. That seems to be the best way to get discovered at this point. You want to make as many fans on your own and write your own music. You can’t have too many friends, and you can’t make too many connections.”
Chris Lane will be the opening act for Jerrod Niemann’s Get Your Buzz Back Tour this fall. You can check out a complete list of Chris’s tour dates here.
Big thanks to Chris Lane for taking some time out of his day to talk to us. Images courtesy of Big Loud Mountain.