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On the Verge: Chase Rice is ready, set, rolling

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Chase Rice doesn’t mind working slow. “I’m in no hurry,” says the Florida-born singer and songwriter, 27. Nine months after he independently released single Ready Set Roll, it has climbed into the top 20 of USA TODAY’s Country airplay chart. More importantly, it has sold 614,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the kind of total usually associated with a higher chart position. Along the way, he has been turned down by major record labels and turned down a few himself before finally partnering with Columbia Records to distribute and promote his upcoming Ignite the Night album. “Why try to all of a sudden be a big deal?” he wonders. “Fame is cool and all, but that’s not what I’m chasing. I’m chasing a career full of music that I love and I’m able to put out.”


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