‘Cruise’ Songwriter Chase Rice Is on the Rise with ‘Ready Set Roll’

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(Courtesy: Columbia Nashville)

(Courtesy: Columbia Nashville)

By Annie Reuter

Don’t be surprised if you hear Chase Rice more often on the radio in the coming weeks. The country singer announced yesterday (March 27), that he has partnered with Thirty Tigers, RED Distribution and Columbia Nashville, who will immediately start promoting his current single “Ready Set Roll.”

“We believe ‘Ready Set Roll’ is great for radio,” Rice told during an interview this month. “It’s already outsold some No. 1 songs, which is ridiculous to me and awesome at the same time. It’s working.”

Rice is best known as one of the songwriters behind Florida Georgia Line‘s ACM-nominated monster smash “Cruise.” On top of that, he’s also a successful independent artist with a couple of self-released titles under his belt.

Related: Behind the Song: Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise’

In 2013 Rice released the EP Ready, Set, Roll through his own label, Dack Janiels. The EP has sold more than 68,000 copies to date, according to a press release. His single, and title track, “Ready Set Roll,” debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes sales chart and has already sold over 260,000 copies.

Now this year, Rice told, “It’s all about ‘Ready Set Roll’ for me. It was the tour last year, it’s going to be the tour this fall.”

The deal with Columbia Nashville is the latest step in his career development. “It started out with me pounding the pavement and playing anywhere I could that involved reaching the fans,” Rice said in a release. “It’s grown into this really incredible entity where the #CRew spreads the word about our music and our shows for us. We’ve played based on where they demanded us—so when we were approached to take it to the next level, we knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity for them.”

Currently, Rice is working on a full-length album to be released very soon.

“I’m working on songs right now, I want to do a full album this summer,” he told “I’d like to come out with something this summer and give more music to the fans. October was when I released Ready Set Roll. I’m not going to wait until October to release. I want to get more new music out right now.”

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