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Chase Rice Credits Parents For Launching His Career


(Undated) -- Chase Rice says he has his parents to thank for his music career. The singer tells "Taste Of Country" they literally gave him his start. He says he wanted a particular Martin guitar he couldn't afford, and his dad refused to buy for him. Chase explains that at the time he couldn't play well and wasn't singing at all, so his dad didn't think he was serious about music. But he says they struck a deal -- if Chase gave his parents a living room concert, they would buy him the instrument. Rice admits his performance was far from impressive, but it convinced his dad of his commitment to music. He adds that it's the only time his father ever heard him perform live. Chase lost his dad to cancer a couple of years later.

Rice says that's one reason the release of his new album, "Ignite The Night," is so special to him. The disc arrived on Tuesday, which was his father's birthday. Chase says it's purely coincidental, but since it happened he sees the record as a gift to his dad.

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