Chase Rice opened up about how songwriting helped him cope with the loss of his father in a new podcast interview.
The country singer-songwriter, now 37, lost his dad when he was 22 years old, he said in the latest episode of Biscuits & Jam, hosted by Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans. Though it “wasn’t very good,” Rice said he wrote his first song to help get through his grief:
“My dad passed away when I was 22. And that was when I wrote my first song. I wasn't very good, but I really loved it. And it was a way for me to kind of get whatever was... going on with a 22-year-old kid just losing his dad, kind of get that off his chest…I'd never written a song before. I wasn't planning on writing songs. I didn't even know I had it in me until after he died.”
Rice, who released his long-awaited album in honor of his father last month, always came back to music, even when he pursued other endeavors. He reflected on a previous opportunity to work with Nascar, deciding go on Survivor and more.
“In this week’s episode, Sid Evans, Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living Magazine, chats with Chase Rice about his circuitous path to country stardom,” the episode’s description reads. “It began after the death of his father led him to write his first song and his promising football career was cut short due to an injury in college. Even then, though, he still worked in NASCAR pit crews, was a contestant on ‘Survivor,’ co-wrote a hit song with the fellas from Florida Georgia Line, had early success, and did some soul searching during pandemic downtime, before more recently finally finding the path he wanted as an artist.”
Biscuits & Jam notes that this episode includes mentions of suicide. Anyone who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide can dial 988 for help.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide or is in emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.