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London, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

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"Review – Chad Price"

Album: Chad Price
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Spotify
Genre: Folk/ Soul/ R&B

Chad Price has recently unveiled his new self-titled album to the world. The album consists of twelve tracks that stray from the usual sound we have heard from this top notch Canadian artist. He has moved in the direction of folk and soul, and I must say it suits him well.

The second song, “You Don’t Know” possesses a very soulful sound that is thoroughly pleasing to the ears. Chad’s silky smooth vocals have a captivating aspect to them. This shines through on many of the tracks and it is clear that he holds an immense talent and I can see him going places in the music industry.

“Ragged Bones” is another that quickly captured my attention as I was listening to the album. The vocals in this track differ slightly from some of the other. I wouldn’t consider them smooth in this song, but more raspy, which is a nice change and also shows the listener that he’s not a one trick pony, he’s got a lot of tricks up his sleeve and I for one enjoy every aspect that he showcases on this album.

Chad just released a video for his newest single, “Little Light”, this track has a simple elegance to it, very calm sounding and is a great way to bring the listener in and make them feel as though they are in a little venue, sitting back watching an intimate performance.

To sum it up, Chad Price is someone you should be listening to, if you’re not already. This album is definitely worth a download, all twelve songs kept me interested and wanting more, which is not always an easy feat. - Jenna Melanson - Canadian Beats


"Brock alumnus releases sophomore album"

It was in Village Residence at Brock University that Chad Price (BA ’10) penned the first songs for his debut album.

Years later, with the Canadian singer-songwriter’s self-titled sophomore album just released online, ties to his alma mater remain strong.

It was his time on campus that provided Price a first glimpse into the person and musician he would become.

He allowed his experience at Brock to shape him as an individual and give him the confidence to pursue his passion.

“My love affair with music started at Brock University and I’m not sure I would have become an artist if it wasn’t for my time there as a student,” said the London, Ont., native.

“I loved being away from home in a new environment and I embraced the university lifestyle.”

Price considers the sense of self he developed at Brock as valuable as the degree he earned at the school.

“I didn’t focus purely on academics and I want students to let their experience at Brock define their passion,” he said, urging them to “be flexible.”

Price, who has been earning a reputation as an artist to watch throughout Canada and the U.S. since 2011, describes his sound as ‘grown folk music.’

His sophomore release took him a number of years to complete, requiring patience to allow the songs to develop naturally.

With the knowledge and experience has has gained since graduating from Brock, Price feels he has reached a level of maturity and sophistication with his latest collection of songs.

“This album is a very honest representation of who I am as an artist and where I am currently as a person,” he said.

An album release party is set to take place at Adelaide Hall in Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 23. It follows a release event in Price’s hometown of London on Jan. 27.

For more information on Price’s music, visit www.chadpricemusic.com - Erin Court - The Brock News


"PREMIERE: CHAD PRICE RETURNS WITH NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM"

Since 2011, the London, Ontario-based Chad Price has been honing his craft on stages throughout North America, playing hundreds of shows, including sharing the stage with the likes of Walk Off The Earth and Lights, has received multiple song placements on national television, and has been nominated for numerous awards. It was during this period that Price would continue refining his songwriting ability while carefully crafting his second full-length album, Chad Price.

It’s deep, it’s elegant, it’s gritty, it’s honest, and it’s got a ton of groove. It’s me.

Through these last few years, Price examines and reflects on the all-encompassing themes of our lives from the golden light of the holiest throne to the canine tooth lined shackles within the darkest depths of man. “It is all of these things and how we respond to them that shape us as human beings,” explains Price. “As an artist, of course it also heavily shapes my art. This album is a very honest representation of who I am as an artist and where I am currently as a person.” It’s these experiences that have unleashed a confident and mature artist with a penchant for heartfelt lyrics that effortlessly flow from a velvet tongue that emanates a warm charm, alongside his ability to flip between electric and acoustic guitar. “The music I’m making now has a maturity and sophistication about it that I haven’t had before. I’ve arrived at a place where I feel incredibly at home and at peace musically. I’m not searching for my voice. I’ve found it on this album.”

Bringing his creative vision, as well as artistic and technical expertise to the project is co-producer Da-Rell Clifton. “Da-Rell has a way of bringing the most out in a song, whether that means leaving something out or bringing something in. He finesses things to the point where they are just right for what each song calls for. He’s a master of subtlety and a joy to work with,” explains Price. It’s Clifton’s experience as a seasoned producer, drummer, and engineer that can be heard and felt throughout the album, like the edgy Not Done Being Wrong with its raw grit, or the slick guitar work and infectious groove on You Don’t Know.

At the start of Chad Price, you may feel one way but it’s almost certain that after twelve tracks that swing between R&B, soul, blues, and folk, you’ll come out feeling differently. On Home, Price croons a heartwarming tale of the light that we seek when we’re lost in the vast wasteland of this world without hope or refuge, but will undoubtedly find. The folk-inflected soul of Ragged Bones is a bonafide hit with Price reflecting on past transgressions as the band and brass section builds into a swell of dynamic energy that fills the room with Price’s authentic aura. The album shifts into a positive note on Oceans as quick bursts of trumpets strike with a wicked guitar solo before a jubilant sing-along from the highest mountain covered in glistened coral erupts. Closing the album is Little Light with solemn strings between Price’s husky yet velvet voice as he sings of his adoration, which leads into the monumental Descendants where Price feels like the gatekeeper to the silver and gold lined spirit that will fill our earthly bodies.

Now that this collection of songs have been recorded and will soon find themselves on stages across the nation, Price expressed his elation with us, saying “Once they are out in the world, they belong to everyone, not me anymore. That’s one of the greatest gifts and privileges that artists get to have, and I can’t wait to experience that again and share this special thing I’ve created with whoever will listen.” And listen you must. - Phil Regalado - Ohestee


"Chad Price welcomes a new sound this January"

Sometimes during our bustling four years in London, we forget to take a moment and listen to the sounds of the city. One of the more distinct and developed sounds London has to offer is Chad Price, a local musician releasing his self-titled sophomore album on Jan. 27.

The young artist is a staple in the music scene and garners a theme along the likes of JP Cooper and Lianne La Havas. After being raised in a household infused with Stevie Wonder and funk and adding influencers like Neil Young, Cat Stevens, James Taylor and more, Price has curated his sounds after releasing his first project In This Dream.

Price admits that Chad Price is a more distinguished collection of his brand as he has finally found a place for himself in the music industry. He describes his evolution into a befitting folk-soul genre blend, fusing both genres he admires dearly.

"In my first album I didn't really know what I was going for artistically and I had only started doing music when I was 22 and I released that first album when I was 25," Price explains. "So I was very fresh and [in] what I consider my formative years as an artist so it's been about five years since then now and I've found myself musically naturally by playing a ton of shows and playing a ton of music."

The growth is apparent in Chad Price. Moving away from pop-rock to a more refined voice, Price experiments with a live sound aesthetic encapsulating you in the performance. His lyrics, voice and instruments feel mere feet away and his emotions are almost tangible. Tracks like "Home," "Clean Slate" and "Descendants" bring it full circle as the album ends with somber harmonies that wave goodbye longingly, not wanting to say farewell to listeners.

It's been quite a whirlwind for Price as well. Finishing the album and proclaiming his place has been an incredible path for him. With Chad Price he is finally standing in his truth as an artist and visionary.

"It takes a while to find, you know. You can't just expect to step into the music industry and know exactly what you want. You always have to be evolving and open to certain trends and eventually you'll find yourself," Price gushes.

He continues by sharing his release party for his album happening on Jan. 27. Price will be taking the stage at Rum Runners and welcomes everyone to join in on the celebration. Canadian artists like Lizzie Lyon and Matthew Johnston will be performing as well and he encourages everyone to come watch the show for $12. - Samah Ali - The Western Gazette


"Premiere: Stream Chad Price’s Soulful New Album “Chad Price”"

If you were asked to describe the music of Chad Price’s self-titled sophomore album (out Jan. 27th) in three words, those words might just be, “grown folk music”…at least that’s how Price himself answers the question of what his music has evolved into since his 2012 debut album: “The music I’m making now has a maturity and sophistication about it that I haven’t had before. I’ve arrived at a place where I feel incredibly at home and at peace musically. I’m not searching for my voice. I’ve found it on this album.”

On the new album, which can be streamed via Spotify below, it’s evident that the guitar-toting, velvety-voiced, accomplished singer-songwriter has evolved out of his artistic adolescence and flourished into musical maturity.

The album boasts Price’s trademark soul-stirring and honest songwriting that has a cunning ability to cut to the core of its listeners almost surgically. Price also shows off his highly-developed penchant for guitar playing, as he shines just as brightly on the electric guitar, pulling off simmering solos in “Rise & Fall” and “Ragged Bones”, as he does on his more traditionally wielded acoustic. Price has proven on this album that he is not an artist that is content to sit still and continue to do the same old thing. As both artist and co-producer on the self-titled album, Price has evolved into a musical powerhouse who has brought his own concoction of r&b, soul, blues, and folk to the party that is yet to be heard. “It’s deep, it’s elegant, it’s gritty, it’s honest, and it’s got a ton of groove. It’s me”, says Price.

Much of the creative direction on this album is due to producer Da-Rell Clifton, who brought a wealth of creative vision, as well as artistic and technical expertise to the project: “Da-Rell has a way of bringing the most out in a song, whether that means leaving something out or bringing something in. He finesses things to the point where they are just right for what each song calls for. He’s a master of subtlety and a joy to work with”, explains Price. Clifton’s experience as a seasoned producer, drummer, and engineer can be heard and felt throughout the album, but most easily when you experience the raw grit of “Not Done Being Wrong”, or the infectious percussive mastery and groove on “You Don’t Know”.

The album delves deep and explores all the nuance that colours our lives; purpose, fear, victory, defeat, courage, love, pain, joy, loss, hope, recovery, and redemption. Thematically, it is all-encompassing and comes from Price’s examination of some deep and, at times, dark places within. “It is all of these things and how we respond to them that shape us as human beings. As an artist, of course it also heavily shapes my art. This album is a very honest representation of who I am as an artist and where I am currently as a person”.

On his second full-length effort, the soulful crooner gets up close and personal as he intends to take the listener somewhere: “I want it to be a transportive experience. I hope that after listening to this album from start to finish, you mentally and emotionally find yourself somewhere very different from where you were when you started it”. Price accomplishes this feat by leading the listener through a mosaic of musical worlds with sincerity and soul. Whether it’s a deeply introspective and hard-hitting song like “Ragged Bones”, or a jaunty southern-soul track like “Old Fashioned”, as a listener, you find yourself completely disarmed by the emotional transparency and unconventionally raw musical aesthetic as you willingly take this musical journey with Price.

This album backs away from the illusory studio-made lustre and instead prides itself on the sometimes imperfect, yet beautifully real and often forgotten act of musicians playing their instruments and playing them well. Authenticity is something that is written into the DNA of this album and lives in each and every song. “Having the opportunity to co-produce this album really gave me the musical autonomy and creative edge that allowed me to make the album that I originally set out to make. It is most definitely my best foot forward musically and something I am truly proud to release to the world and stand behind”.

Having penned some of these songs more than three years ago, Price has had a lot of time to perfect them. Now that they are forever crystallized as songs on the album, Price cannot wait to take them with him on the road in 2017: “They finally need to go have a life on their own outside of my own head. Once they are out in the world, they belong to everyone, not me anymore. That’s one of the greatest gifts and privileges that artists get to have, and I can’t wait to experience that again and share this special thing I’ve created with whoever will listen”. - Aesthetic Magazine


"If you like Lana Del Rey, Led Zeppelin or John Legend, you'll love these Searchlight artists"

Artists of all ages and from every corner of the country have brought their music forward for Searchlight 2017. Each and every artist brings something special and a few of them even strike an uncanny musical resemblance to some of the world's most renowned acts.

Below, you will find 25 acts ranging in musical stylings from Led Zeppelin and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), to PARTYNEXTDOOR and FKA Twigs.

Don't forget to discover all of the Searchlight 2017 acts and vote for your favourites right here.

Who: The Static Shift
Song: "Common Bliss"
Sounds like: Led Zeppelin


Common Bliss
Who: Best Night Ever
Song: "This City"
Sounds Like: Maroon 5


This City
Who: Lainee
Song: "Crowded Shore"
Sounds Like: Lana Del Rey


Crowded Shore
Who: Chad Price
Song: "Little Light"
Sounds Like: John Legend


Little Light
Who: The Occasional Angels
Song: "Heaven in Denim"
Sounds Like: Alabama Shakes


Heaven in Denim
Who: Donald Pardy
Song: "Everything"
Sounds Like: Yusuf, aka Cat Stevens


Everything
Who: Chewii
Song: "Worth the Wait"
Sounds Like: FKA Twigs


Worth The Wait
Who: Napalm Dreams
Song: "Wavy"
Sounds Like: PARTYNEXTDOOR


Wavy
Who: Eh440
Song: "Boss Level"
Sounds Like: Pentatonix


Boss Level
Who: Quinton Cochran
Song: "Dont Need a Reason"
Sounds Like: Shawn Mendes


Don't Need A Reason
Who: JC
Song: "Dapper"
Sounds Like: Cali Swag District


Dapper
Who: Nick Owen
Song: "Cold"
Sounds Like: James Blake


Cold
Who: soclose
Song: "Come With Me"
Sounds Like: Kelela


Come With Me
Who: FUTURE PEERS
Song: "Time We Went Away"
Sounds Like: Animal Collective


Time We Went Away
Who: So Loki
Song:"Lil Ma"
Sounds Like: Tyler the Creator


Lil Ma
Who: Daisy Groff
Song: "Forever, Slowly"
Sounds Like: Courtney Barnett


Forever, Slowly
Who: Mouthful of Daisy
Song: "Statues"
Sounds Like: Evanescence


Statues
Who: Sons of Daughters
Song: "Devil at My Heels"
Sounds Like: The Civil Wars


Devil At My Heels
Who: Ava Wild
Song: "To the Moon and Back"
Sounds Like: Norah Jones


To the Moon and Back
Who: Mike Dominey
Song: "While You're Here"
Sounds Like: Ed Sheeran


While You're Here
Who: Christian Lalama
Song: "When I'm With You"
Sounds Like: Justin Bieber


When Im With You
Who: Megan Abel
Song: "Red"
Sounds Like: Beth Orton


Red
Who: Taylor Angus
Song: "Say Goodbye to Yesterday"
Sounds Like: Corinne Bailey Rae


Say Goodbye To Yesterday
Who: The Ballantynes
Song: "PMA"
Sounds Like: The Heavy


PMA
Who: Rhapsody Rebelz
Song: "Simple Pictures"
Sounds Like: Chris Isaak


Simple Pictures - Kerry Martin - CBC Music


"A Musical Melody"

New up-and coming young musician Chad Price took the time to answer a few of our questions, and here's what he had to say. From what we hear, he's the next Jason Mraz.



Young Adult: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
Chad Price: I realized that a lot later than I think most musicians or artists realize it. I tried a lot of things first before it dawned on me that music was actually where I needed to go. I realized I wanted to play and make music when I was about nineteen years old and in my first year of University. That decision came as a shock to most people who knew me because I didn't often display my musical side, but I think they get it now...which is nice.



YA: Was your family supportive?
CP: Very much so. I'm lucky to have a family that allows me and encourages me to pursue the things that I want to pursue regardless of societal expectations and all that. They saw that this was something I was passionate about and I think that's all they really needed to see in order for them to embrace my musical goals. Actually my two older brothers bought into it so much that they began to play and record music with me. We're already a fairly musical family anyways so that made it easier for them to support me too I'm sure.

YA: What do you find most challenging?
CP: As an independent and new artist, most things are challenging. That's just how it's going to be. However, the biggest challenge for me has been the battle of maintaining momentum. I've been lucky enough and have worked hard enough to be able to put out a quality product in my debut album "In This Dream" and receive a certain degree of attention and fanfare. However it's a constant battle to take the opportunities that I receive and turn that into sustained exposure or momentum. That's why new and independent artists have to work twice as hard. I'm constantly trying to give fans new content while at the same time not overexpose myself. I'm definitely learning what it takes to succeed in this sometimes harsh business and only with a small team around me.



YA: Who or what has been your inspiration?
CP: I have plenty of musical inspirations, but most notably for me would have to be John Mayer. I've always been a guitar player but his music compelled me to start writing my own material, be a better guitarist, and become an actual musician. There are other ones too like Norah Jones, Feist, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band, D'Angelo, Dallas Green and Incubus just to name some off the top of my head.
There are also many authors who have inspired me to do what I do. People like Henry David Thoreau, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and some of the works of classic Greek philosophers Plato and Socrates as well.
Aside from other artists and authors though, I was inspired by something greater than me to not be afraid to live the life that I want to live even if it isn't necessarily what people would expect. Life really is too short to spend your time worrying, stressing, or wishing you did things differently. I was and still am inspired to not take this life so seriously and therefore enjoy things a little more.

YA: Who are some of your favorite bands?
CP: Well as I just mentioned John Mayer is up there for me...as is Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw, The Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Mumford & Sons, Incubus, Allen Stone, Tingsek, Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones and so many more. That list is almost endless. Right now I'm really feeling Allen Stone though. He's been my favourite artist of this year I think.

YA: What are five of your favorite things about being on the road?
CP: 1. The Food. I love trying new food and restaurants and touring gives me the opportunity to do that and indulge a little more than I probably should.
2. Making and connecting with new fans.
3. Hanging out with my band
4. Getting the chance to share the stage and learn from so many other great artists
5. Seeing more of the country..or countries

YA: Is your song “Another Day” about someone specific?
CP: Not at all. It's more about an idea or a way of life than it is about a person. Another Day is a song that is about being completely fine with being lost in life....well not fine with it, but being able to learn from it and trusting lifes ways of making things happen. I use to think that I needed to have my entire life planned out by the time I was 18. When things didn't seem to go as planned I had a mini freak out, but out of that madness came some clarity and I realized a better strategy is to accept the things, good or bad, that come your way in life and to enjoy the unexpected instead of forcing and predetermining your life. Another Day is about that...trusting life, being friends with life, being patient with life, and not worrying about every little thing. Enjoy the dance!



YA: What message are you trying to share?
CP: I - Young Adult Magazine


"Willing to Pay Price of Perfection"

Things must be unfolding pretty close to perfectly for Chad Price.

The 25-year-old London singer, songwriter and guitar ace has a buzzed-about new album of his songs In This Dream (distributed through KI/Interscope/Universal) out this week. The album is being launched on Friday night at the London Music hall.

In this week's Reaney's Pick video, Price is heard singing a solo acoustic version of the album song Almost Perfect, about a relationship seemingly close to perfection but somehow troubled with a doubt or subtle flaw.

"It might be the second single," Price said during Tuesday's shoot. He chose Almost Perfect for the lfpress.com video feature because he felt it would work in the unplugged style. The hot first single is Another Day, which benefits from the band of session players on the album. Fans are requesting it on local radio.

Price, a Regina Mundi Catholic secondary school grad, wrote many of the songs on In This Dream in his dorm room at Brock University, where he studied communications.

He had already been inspired by U.S. singer-songwriter John Mayer.

"As soon as I heard his music . . . I hadn't heard acoustic that way. It was pop, it was acoustic -- you could tell there was a real talent behind what he did," Price said.

"That inspired me. It got me playing guitar. It got me writing music for the first time."

With family and industry support and a management team in place, Price has been gigging at Western venues and other London spots. His band has Toronto-area players with London bassist Mars Marcellin also in the lineup.

On the album, Price has Jason Mraz's guitarist and a successful producer Bill Bell to helm the recording and play electric guitar and keyboard and sing backup. Such aces as drummer Lyle Molzan (Jann Arden, Terri Clark, Kathleen Edwards), keyboardist and pianist Ron Lopata (Jacksoul, Ron Sexsmith, Ashley MacIsaac, Liz Coyles) and cellist Kevin Fox (Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Raine Maida, Chantal Kreviazuk) are also right for Price's songs and voice.

Price is certain music is his full-time pursuit.

"This is it -- now," he said. - By JAMES REANEY, The London Free Press


"Releasing Your Debut Album: Priceless"

Many of the world’s most recognizable songs have been penned in places like London, Greenwich Village or sunny California. In the near future, we may be able to add Brock University to this celebrated list.

This past spring, 26-year-old singer-songwriter and Brock graduate Chad Price (BA ’10) released his debut album In This Dream. It’s a collection that has caught the attention of the music industry and has deep roots from his time at Brock.

Before coming to Brock, playing guitar was just a hobby for Price. He knew he had some talent, but it wasn’t until first year, while studying communications with the goal of becoming a journalist, that his passion for music became clear. The realization came at the end of first year in his dorm room at Village Residence Court 8. “That’s when I knew I had to do something with music because it felt bigger than me,” says Price. “It was the first thing I was ever sure about in my life. That whole four years
I wrote songs and most of the songs are the songs that ended up on the first album.”

Like a lot of music these days, Price’s work is hard to categorize. But when pressed, he calls it “acoustic soul with elements of pop rock and a little bit of country folk.” However you define it, his music is getting noticed.

Price’s first single “Another Day” has been getting regular airplay in Ontario and his song “Where the Stars Come Out” was used in TSN’s broadcast of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in April.

After Brock, Price’s music career went into hyper-drive. The week after graduation, he recorded demos of five of his songs. A week later, songs in hand, he successfully reached out to Canadian producer Bill Bell through the music website MySpace. Bell, who has worked with the likes of Jason Mraz
and Canadian Music Hall of Famer Tom Cochrane, enthusiastically agreed to work with Price. Before long, he was recording his album in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Price signed with independent music label Attack Media Group this past January and his album “In This Dream” was released in March, distributed by Universal Music/Interscope.

“Even though I’m not working in the field that I studied, I wouldn’t have been here or known what I would have wanted to do in life without Brock. Without that academic environment, the friends, the different location, the different energy, whatever you want to call it, I owe a lot to Brock.”

Price doesn’t feel like he’s “made it” yet, but he does feel lucky for how quickly things have happened for him and he has high hopes for the future.

One thing Price has learned so far about the music industry? “Expect the unexpected. You never know what’s going to be around the corner.”

For more information visit: chadpricemusic.com

Paxton Allewell (BA ’05) is the marketing communications
officer for Alumni Relations at Brock University - Surgite Magazine (Brock University Alumni Publication) Brock University, Surgite Vol. 4, No. 2, Sept


"Londoner lives the Dream with release of debut album"

When Londoner Chad Price started writing music, he didn’t have any intention of pursuing it as a career.

“It all happened naturally after I sent out some demos to producers I wanted to record with. I know I’m really lucky,” says the 25-year-old musician.

After recording an album in Toronto and Los Angeles with acclaimed music producer Bill Bell, Price was signed by the independent music label Attack Media Group. His debut album In This Dream will be released Friday at the London Music Hall.

Price’s music can be described as alternative pop rock, with a little bit of soul on top. His relaxed R&B vocals are what make his songs sound unique.

Although he has been playing guitar since he was nine years old, it was in university that Price began singing and writing his own songs.

“Something opened up in me then,” says Price. “Maybe it was being away from home or experiencing life from a different lens. I started missing a lot of school to write songs. It just took me over. It was something beyond me.”

Price felt pulled between what society wanted him to do, pursue a normal career, and what he wanted to do, play music. This feeling of uncertainty is written into his new single Another Day.

“That song is about celebrating being lost and being OK with it,” says Price. “I realized you don’t need to know everything right away. Be patient and happy with the moment.”

Price talks about the song’s poppy sound. “When I wrote it, it wasn’t as upbeat and poppy as it came out. In the studio, it became more of a fun summer thing – good for radio,” says Price. “But if people listen to the whole album, they will hear the real musicianship of what I do.”

His favourite song on the album is This Dream.

“It’s a very soulful song that builds into a groovy R&B track. It comes from a deep place,” he says. The song is about how people often move through life without questioning their daily routines or what society grooms them to do.

“It’s more than just everyday mindless pop songs. I think there’s a message in the music,” says Price.

Although Price spends a lot of time in Toronto, he plans to remain in London for now. “It’s my hometown and I feel good here,” he says.

The CD release party starts at 8 p.m. at the London Music Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door. - Metro - Mila Petkovic


"Chad Price; From A Dream Into Reality"

After what seemed to be a long time coming, Londoner Chad Price has begun to realize his passion for music with the release of his first album, In This Dream. While attending Brock University for communications, Chad discovered his innate desire to create and began songwriting. "I didn't get into music to be a superstar, for women and the cars or whatever, it was just something very pure that needed to happen and I'm just riding the wave."

Price's humble attitude and natural talent are likely to bring him throughout his freshly started career. Coupled with the support of producer Bill Bell, you can look forward to hearing Chad's polished sounds, along with the positive message he is eager to share. "It's just original music from the heart, from the soul and my [hope] is that people listen to the album and that it makes their life better in some way." Sharing that his single Another Day "...is a song that's about being OK with being lost. It is saying it's okay to be lost [at times] because beauty can come from being lost [and that] it's not necessarily a bad thing to kind of... implode before you blossom into something else that's completely awesome and beautiful." Do not be fooled by the "pop music" framework that surrounds the real hidden gem of Another Day, and focus on the heartfelt lyrics in which so many of us can relate.

Forget about dreaming, the truth is Chad Price is here to stay. His musical talent is easily recognizable, and when true talent is before you, it is difficult to deny. Anyone who has the pleasure of seeing him perform live is in for a real treat; chills and goose bumps included, free of charge. "I'm really trying to get people to wake up, to awaken and not necessarily just do everything that society expects you to do." Aspiring to energize people to live the life that they want through his music and own action, Chad believes there is beauty all around us to be experienced if we just open ourselves up.

Chad Price is unique, inspiring and quite refreshing, and this is only the beginning for this up and coming talent. Follow him online to hear his music, to find show dates and watch his dream come true/. - Localiez Magazine (April 2012)


"Interview with Chad Price"

Chad Price is London, Ontario’s latest musician on the rise. He recently released his debut album In This Dream and his first single “Another Day” is hitting the airwaves. Here’s Bestfan’s in-depth interview with Chad – get to know a little more about his unique music, skipping classes and what drives him crazy.

Bestfan: So how long have you been doing this for?

Chad Price: I’ve been doing the music thing for about 4 or 5 years, so it’s still kind of new considering I just turned 26. I didn’t really know what I was going do… But it’s 5 years – I wasn’t one of those people who knew when they were five or six years old that they wanted to be an entertainer or in the music business. It was just surprisingly placed upon me and I decided to go with it. So far it’s been very interesting and I’ve been lucky.

Bestfan: So what was it five years ago that made you say “Hey, I’m gonna do this. I’m gonna be a singer.”

Chad Price: Well, five years ago I was in first year university at Brock University in St. Catherines, and I was in communication studies. I initially thought I wanted to do journalism – sports journalism was the end goal. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do in my future but that’s what made sense; I was going to make it a writer, and I’ve always been very athletic (I come from an athletic background).

But then, I don’t know what is was, maybe it was being on my own for the first time in St. Catherines, living there, and I was just being influenced a lot by new music at the time. People like John Mayer really started to speak to me in music, and people like Dallas Green and Norah Jones. All of a sudden I started picking my guitar up again. I’ve played guitar since I was 10 years old but it’s always been a hobby. I’ve always been drawn to music and picked it up really quickly. But it was that music and new atmosphere I was in that just kind of made me start to write for the first time.

And as soon as I started writing music, I finally felt the passion for music and it was no longer a hobby. So that continued to develop throughout my first year of university and eventually I just knew that this was what I needed to do. Things that were happening were just beyond my control and I was making music that I knew people needed to hear. It’s something that’s really hard to explain, but I could just feel within myself that it was the right thing to do and something that I needed to pursue. So I did that without really knowing what to expect. I didn’t even have any expectations; I just wrote and wrote, and I missed a lot of class unfortunately but I did end up graduating with a degree! But pretty much all I did for four years of university was write music because I could not stop myself.

Bestfan: So you play guitar – do you play anything else?

Chad Price: Nope, as of right now it’s just guitar. I would like to eventually move on to other instruments. I’d love to play piano, I’d love to play drums. And I think I will eventually, it’s just a matter of having the time to actually sit down and learn all of that. But as a kid I used to play a bit of piano; I was never classically trained but I think people realized that I had an ear for music because I always mimicked everything I heard really quickly and could reproduce songs I’d hear on the radio. So that’s how I knew I always had an ear for music and I natural feel that translated to the guitar.

In high school I had to play the flute for a bit! I didn’t want to play the flute – I wanted to play the trumpet but I was assigned to the flute. And at the end of that class the teacher said I should actually consider being a flautist as a career, but I was like “ah, no thanks!” But me and instruments go together so I’m sure that I will eventually gravitate towards more instruments and figure them out.

Bestfan: Does anyone in your family sing or play music?

Chad Price: In my immediate family, there aren’t any singers or musicians. I have two older brothers – my mom and dad don’t sing or play and my brothers don’t either. My brother Dwayne dabbles on the bass guitar. But they’re not really music players, they’re more music lovers. I grew up with a really wide range of musical listening because they played everything. So there’s no musical skill, but there’s’ definitely a lot of appreciation for good music. Then when you get beyond my immediate family like cousins, I do have a musical family. My drummer is actually my cousin Da-Rell Clifton. He’s in Toronto and he’s getting his foot in the door with all these big musicians in Toronto and the music scene there. He’s actually the one who connects me with all these amazing musicians and people that I end up working with. He’s an amazing drummer, kind of world class. I do have some cousins who sing this and that that are really good. But in my immediate family, it’s just me!

Bestfan: When you told your family that you wanted to become a musician, how did they react to that, especially when y - BestFan


"Concert Review: James Struthers, Tyler Del Pino, & Chad Price"

On Monday (June 18), James Struthers, Tyler Del Pino and Chad Price all performed at C’est What in Toronto. The trio are are travelling for James‘ Oh! Canada Tour, a 50 date journey in 60 days. I caught them on the last leg of their cross-country adventure.

Part 3: Chad Price

There isn’t just one genre to describe Chad Price‘s music. On one hand, he’s got a very soulful voice, but on the other, he plays your typical pop-rock songs. But somewhere in the middle there’s a slight country twang with the occasional bluesy slapback as he sits there keeping the beat with his guitar.

I think it’s a safe bet that most artists start their set with an original song. Instead, Chad opted for covering “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. It was a smart move – the intimate audience began turning heads because they were not expecting a soulful, acoustic cover of a modern dance-rock song.

Chad was joined on stage by his cousin, Da-Rell, who is a renowned Toronto percussionist and kept the pace throughout Chad’s set. They’re a good pair; Da-Rell’s sense of rhythm filled in for the the absent band.

Chad released his debut LP In This Dream in March, which was recorded with Bill Bell (Jason Mraz’s guitarist). There’s certainly a Mraz-y feel when he sings, but Chad is a man of many influences including John Mayer, Dallas Green and Norah Jones. His first single, “Another Day,” has been earning more and more spins on stations around Ontario. Chad describes it as a “happy, summertime, fun song” ideal for patio-drinking or beach-sitting.

This was definitely a show with more than adequate vocals and accompaniment. However, because I’ve heard the album, I feel like an acoustic set for Chad isn’t the best representation of his multi-genre portfolio. A lot of the stylistic twists that I like about Chad’s music can’t be represented with a single guitar, whereas the full studio tracks showcase his ability to weave genres and techniques within each other, amplifying what he is capable of creating. Listening to “Another Day” acoustically did feel like a “happy summer time” song and was very uplifting, but on the recording the harmonious “ahhs” leading up to the chorus change the entire feel of the song, leaving behind a tinge of solemness. This certainly doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the acoustic performance; Chad is very personable with his audience and is without a doubt a good performer. But it’s the overlap of technical and emotional elements that makes his music unique in the first place.

However, Friday’s version of “This Dream” didn’t disappoint. Chad decided to break into one chorus of TLC’s “No Scrubs” during the bridge, followed by a chorus of “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars. Somehow he made a pop song, a 90’s throwback and a half-reggae jam fit under the same umbrella of strumming patterns and minor chords.

Chad premiered a new song as well. So new, that it’s still untitled. So, if the above is any indication of the way he writes and performs his music, his next album will probably remain a complete surprise until it’s released. Maybe this time, he’ll mix pop-rock into classical with an Eastern influence or something.Who knows. Regardless, it’s always a good surprise with Chad Price. - BestFan


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If you were asked to describe the music of Chad Price’s self-titled sophomore album in three words, those words might just be, “grown folk music”…at least that’s how the artist himself answers the question of what his music has evolved into since his first release in 2012: “The music I’m making now has a maturity and sophistication about it that I haven’t had before. I’ve arrived at a place where I feel incredibly at home and at peace musically. I’m not searching for my voice. I’ve found it on this album.”

On the new album, it is evident that the guitar-toting, velvety-voiced, accomplished singer-songwriter has evolved out of his artistic adolescence and flourished into musical maturity.

The twelve song album boasts Price’s trademark soul-stirring and honest songwriting that has a cunning ability to cut to the core of its listeners almost surgically. Price also shows off his highly-developed penchant for guitar playing, as he shines just as brightly on the electric guitar, pulling off simmering solos in “Rise & Fall” and “Ragged Bones”, as he does on his more traditionally wielded acoustic. Price has proven on this album that he is not an artist that is content to sit still and continue to do the same old thing.

As both artist and co-producer on the self-titled album, Price has evolved into a musical powerhouse who has brought his own concoction of r&b, soul, blues, and folk to the party that is yet to be heard. “It’s deep, it’s elegant, it’s gritty, it’s honest, and it’s got a ton of groove. It’s me”, says Price.

Since 2011, Price has been carefully honing his craft on stages throughout Canada and the US earning a reputation as an ‘artist to watch’. He’s played hundreds of shows, received multiple featured song placements on national TV, won and been nominated for multiple music awards, and has worked with and shared the stage with the likes of Walk Off The Earth, Lights, Tyler Shaw, Jocelyn Alice, Tim Chaisson, Anthony Carone of ‘Arkells’, and many others. During this time of growth, Price has also been tirelessly refining his songwriting skills and slowly penning the songs that would eventually culminate in his second full-length album “Chad Price”. As album producer Da-Rell Clifton explains, “Chad is a lyrical ninja. He somehow breaks down your inner walls and kicks you right in the soul with his words before you even have a chance to figure out what happened. Even when you’re ready for it, it still happens”. Clifton continues, “Chad is one of the most talented songwriters and vocalists I’ve had the pleasure of working with”.

The album delves deep and explores all the nuance that colours our lives. Thematically, it is all-encompassing and comes from Price’s examination of some deep and, at times, dark places within. “It is all of these things and how we respond to them that shape us as human beings. As an artist, of course it also heavily shapes my art. This album is a very honest representation of who I am as an artist and where I am currently as a person”.

On his second full-length effort, the soulful crooner gets up close and personal as he intends to take the listener somewhere: “I want it to be a transportive experience. I hope that after listening to this album from start to finish, you mentally and emotionally find yourself somewhere very different from where you were when you started it”. Price accomplishes this feat by leading the listener through a mosaic of musical worlds with sincerity and soul. Whether it’s a deeply introspective and hard-hitting song like “Ragged Bones”, or a jaunty southern-soul track like “Old Fashioned”, as a listener, you find yourself completely disarmed by the emotional transparency and unconventionally raw musical aesthetic as you willingly take this musical journey with Price.

This album backs away from the illusory studio-made lustre and instead prides itself on the sometimes imperfect, yet beautifully real and often forgotten act of musicians playing their instruments and playing them well. Authenticity is something that is written into the DNA of this album and lives in each and every song. 

Having penned some of these songs more than three years ago, Price has had a lot of time to perfect them. Now that they are forever crystallized as songs on the album, Price cannot wait to take them with him on the road in 2017: “They finally need to go have a life on their own outside of my own head. Once they are out in the world, they belong to everyone, not me anymore. That’s one of the greatest gifts and privileges that artists get to have, and I can’t wait to experience that again and share this special thing I’ve created with whoever will listen”.

“Forget about dreaming, the truth is Chad Price is here to stay…this is only the beginning for this up and coming talent” – Kassandra Rudder, Localiez Magazine

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