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Country musician Chase Rice to perform virtual concert for Iowa State students

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune
Country music performer Chase Rice will perform a free, virtual concert and chat via Zoom with Iowa State students on Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.

Iowa State students will be treated to a free concert via Zoom as country singer-songwriter Chase Rice performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13. The event will also feature a chat with students.

Based in North Carolina, Rice has 1.1-billion streams, 3.4-million Spotify listeners and has sold 1.6 million albums, according to a news release from ISU.

“Music wasn’t always Rice’s plan, however, as he had NFL aspirations early on in college playing football at the University of North Carolina,” the news release stated. “Those dreams were unfortunately sidelined by an injury but, after graduating from UNC, Rice went on to a successful stint on NASCAR pit-crews, including two championships with his team, before switching gears again and competing on the CBS hit show ‘Survivor: Nicaragua.’

“Through all of that, Rice has said that music was the only constant and has been his main pursuit since.”   

Rice has released two collections this year, with “The Album, Part I” dropping in January and the four-song “The Album, Part II,” in May. The albums include Rice’s singles “Lonely If You Are” and “Forever To Go.”

When Rice released his 2017 album, “Lambs & Lions,” it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top country albums and No. 3 on the all-genre list. The album included his double-platinum hit, “Eyes on You.”

Rice has also seen success as a songwriter as co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s crossover hit “Cruise.”

Country music performer Chase Rice will perform a free, virtual concert and chat via Zoom with Iowa State students on Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.

“The lines between genres are getting thinner and thinner — that’s the world we live in,” Rice said in the release. “So I decided even more not to pander to what anybody wants me to do. The only way to make it successful is to make it true to me.”

The event is sponsored by the ISU Student Union Board. It is free for ISU students, but attendees must register online at sub.iastate.edu using their university email addresses. A link to the virtual event will be sent out the night of the show, according to the release.