Up and comer Chase Martin seems to be headed straight for stardom with the sassiness of Miranda Lambert, the humor of Dolly Parton, the sweetness of Patsy Cline and the powerhouse voice to go along with it. Along with her heavily popular TikTok and YouTube accounts, Martin is meant for the spotlight! The 22-year-old singer/songwriter released her first flirty and fun single “Levi Denim” back in October and it’s giving us all the Shania Twain vibes.
Chase, a Charleston, SC native, recently signed to RECORDS Nashville, the newly announced Music City division of Barry Weiss‘ RECORDS, a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. “Levi Denim,” written by Matt Stell, Allison Veltz Cruz and Abby Anderson and produced by Ash Bowers, is the first single released by the RECORDS Nashville label team.
The sassy single is accompanied by an even more sassy visual, which features reality TV star Savannah Chrisley. Filmed in Nashville and directed by Dustin Haney, the exciting clip shows Savannah getting ready for a night out as Chase performs in a denim draped room.
“I am beyond excited that Savannah loves ‘Levi Denim’ like I do,” shares Chase. “Having her star in my video is a dream. She perfectly captures the spirit of this sassy song!”
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Celeb Secrets Country caught with Chase to chat all about the making of her new single, why she chose music over school as a 5.0 GPA student, her hilarious TikTok dance moves, her unique diet and more. Keep reading for our full Q&A and let us know if you’re loving “Levi Denim” by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
Celeb Secrets Country: Your debut single “Levi Denim” is finally here. How did this song come to you and how did you feel the first time you heard it?
Chase Martin: “It’s funny because I am a songwriter and I like to write as much of my own music as possible. I’m never against cutting someone else’s songs of course, but I want to put out my own stuff and let the world hear that. That’s part of the dream. But it was one of those things where my manager sent me the song and the second I heard it it was like, ‘Oh my gosh I should’ve written this.’ It sounds like I wrote this because it’s 100% who I am as an artist, exactly what I want to say, and so the second I heard it there was no doubt in my mind, ‘Hey I have to cut this. I don’t even care who wrote it because I should’ve written it.’ So like I said, it was just totally me and it wasn’t that hard of decision.”
CSC: You recently shot the music video for “Levi Denim.” Can you talk about that experience and give us a sneak peak on what to expect with that?
CM: “It was funny because it was unlike any typical video shoot because of course we shot it during the pandemic so the video is really just me. It just showcases Levi denim and fashion and just having a good time being confident and comfortable in your own skin. There’s a lot of dancing and quick changes as you see a lot of TikTok so I tried to modernize it up. The whole experience was just crazy. We had a designated temperature taken and hand sanitizer and everybody had their masks on. The director was actually offsite and on a zoom call the whole time.”
CSC: Did you choreograph all the dancing?
CM: “No, I’m not a very good dancer between you and I. I just kind of free styled it and it came out great and silly and weird just like me. It came out exactly like who I am on social media.”
CSC: Something interesting about you is that you graduated with a 5.0 GPA, a perfect ACT score, and turned down a full ride scholarship. How old were you when you decided you were going to go a different route with music? Was it a difficult decision?
CM: “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be in music but I’ve always been a realist as far as like, ‘oh my gosh there are so many people who want to do the same thing so it would never happen. So I’m just going to keep plugging away at school and doing the best that I possibly I can.’ I would say my first dream was to be a neurologist but really my first dream was music, the realistic side of me was like, ‘I’ll just be a neurologist.’ So I worked really hard at school and there was never a time I wasn’t studying. School was my life so it wasn’t really a difficult decision for me to be like, ‘I’m not going to go to college.’ It was more just that I was dreading the conversation with my parents. I thought they were going to make me go to college so it was just one of those things where I worked really hard and I never gave up until the day I graduated. I was just done. I think that’s when I knew there was just no way I could go to school anymore because I started playing out and about in my hometown in bars and restaurants and anywhere that would let me play songs when I was 15, so I had already caught the music bug. People in Charleston were starting to know who we were so I started to get that little taste and from there it was just over.”
CSC: You’ve played with Kelsea Ballerini, Morgan Wallen, and other big names in the industry. Is there anyone specific you’d love to play with or tour with in the future?
CM: “Yeah, Dan & Shay. They’re great. Everything they put out I’m totally in love with. I’d love to tour with them. Luke Combs is always killing it, I’d love to tour with him. Miranda Lambert would be total girl power. That would be my dream tour. Or if Shania Twain does another reunion tour.”
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CSC: Since you’re a newer artist, who do you draw inspiration from in the industry?
CM: “Miranda Lambert is a big one. Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and the of course your throwback artists Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline.”
CSX: Aside from you single, do you have any other projects coming out this year? Maybe an EP or a cool collaboration?
CM: “I have a few more songs ready to go, I’m just not sure if they’ll be released as singles or an EP. And I’m hopefully getting back into the studio to record even more so it’s going to be a lot of new music coming out really soon.”
CSC: Is there any song you’re especially excited for?
CM: “I think the song I’m the most excited for is [‘Levi Denim’] just because, like I said, every single time I play it and get to sing it its just so me. So I’m really excited for it to be the first thing people hear from me, especially people who don’t already know me. I feel like it represents me so well and what I want to say and who I want to be so I’m really excited for everybody to hear that right now.”
CSC: You have a wide array of talents like from singing to dancing to cooking. What are some of your favorite dishes to make?
CM: “I’ve been vegan for 4 years and about a year and half ago I decided I was going to be an extremist and just go raw vegan, God only knows why. I just don’t go through the trouble of cooking any of my food with being raw vegan but I think technically anything thats not cooked above 130 degrees or something crazy like that is considered raw. But I cant go through that much trouble, I’d rather not cook it at all. I read somewhere that a lot of nutrients and minerals become more available to your body and you can absorb them better when you’re eating raw. So I was like, ‘oh I just give it a shot. It’s right before my 21st birthday so I’ll go into 21 soaring.’ I just felt so good and I got used to the diet so I just never stopped. I cook, I use that term loosely, my meals every night because it can be hard to eat out as a raw vegan because you’re just getting lettuce. My favorite go-to meal is a raw vegan pad thai with kelp noodles and zucchini noodles and I put a lot of red cabbage and a tahini dressing on it. A go-to dessert for me is a chocolate avocado tart and I’ll make the crust out of dates and walnuts and put it in a food processor. It’s like this crust-type deal and then you fill the center will cocoa powder, dates and avocado and believe it or not it’s one of the greatest desserts of all time and this is coming from someone who is a total sweets lover.”
CSC: Since we’re Celeb Secrets Country, can you tell us a behind the scenes secrets about making “Levi Denim” that we wouldn’t know when listening to it?
CM: “When I recorded the single, I was super sick and I could barely speak and had no voice whatsoever, and I remember I called my mom once I left the studio and she was like, ‘you sang like that?!’ and I was like, ‘yeah I have no clue how!’ But for whatever reason when I was singing, it came out clear just like my voice always does but whenever I was speaking — I was so sick that day I couldn’t even speak. I actually recorded three songs total that day and only one of them can you actually hear it.”