Interviews

An interview with Chad Brock


By Ryan Gueningsman, Staff Writer

Chances are if you listened to country radio last year, you didn’t hear anything from Chad Brock besides his standards  “Ordinary Life,” and “Yes!,” among others.

That’s about to change.

Several weeks ago, Brock left his record label, Warner Brothers Records, and is in the process of signing with Broken Bow Records out of Nashville.

Originally from Florida, Brock spent the first part of his life there until he decided to move to Nashville and try his hand at playing music.

“My father worked for the railroad, and at that time the main railroad hub was Lylewood. I was born in Ocala, but we lived in Lylewood for the first 8 years of my life,” Brock said. “We moved to Ocala around when I was 8.”

Brock spent most of his life in Ocala until, at the age of 28, he decided to go to Tennessee.

“I came here (Nashville) in, I think it was January of ‘92, and I’ve been here ever since,” Brock said. “I was in and out of bands, playing all over the place.”

Although Brock scored a record deal with Warner Brothers in 1994 and was focused on his music  he also had another passion  professional wrestling.

Brock wrestled for the WCW from 1994-1996.

“I’d wrestle three days a week, and come back here and write a couple days a week  really going back and forth,” he said.

It took Brock and Warner Brothers three-and-a-half years to get his first single out.

“After that finally came out, it was really going gangbusters for quite a long time, and then with the AOL-Time Warner merger, which brought so many new artists to Warner Brothers, I guess I just got lost in the shuffle,” Brock said.

Brock did have some major success with his first number one hit song, “Ordinary Life.”

“I knew I had a great song there when I heard it the first time,” Brock said. “I was lucky enough to get it as a new artist. That was a cool thing right there.”

“Radio accepting it the way it did, and the way the people accepted it. It took 28 weeks for it to go to number one, and when it did I was like ‘yeah!’”

With that first number one hit, Brock was ready to take the music world head on.

“My career has gone pretty good after that,” he said. “We had a couple top 10 hits, then came the song ‘Yes!’”

That song exploded, and it went on to become the second most played country song of the year for 2000.

With that achievement under his belt, it appeared Brock was on his way to greater things.

Then, along came the merger.

“AOL and Time Warner merged, then nothing for me in 2001. I toured constantly on the tail-end of “Yes!” being so successful, and that’s when I decided I better take better control, and find what I consider greener pastures.

Although he did put out his third album on Warner Brothers Records early this year, titled “III,” Brock’s music wasn’t being promoted as well as it should have been.

“I asked the president (of Warner Brothers) if it was OK if I left, and that I felt I had a wonderful record that was done but needed work, and he said ‘yes, I could leave,’ so I’m in the process of signing with a company called Broken Bow.”

Brock plans to take several songs from “III,” and “some cool new stuff, and just rock and roll with it.”

“I’m so excited about my new company,” Brock said. “My music is a little bit of everything, I like it all, and I just like great songs. There are some people in the business who tend to gravitate to traditional country music, and they shy away from doing a pop-sounding song, then there are people who gravitate towards pop and stay away from traditional. I don’t care I just want great music.”

“It’s all about the song  about the lyrics and what it means, and how people react to the song, versus how people classify it,” Brock said.

“We’ve got a rockin’ band right now, and we’re ready to hit the road again,” he said. “We’re going to lighten up, though, this year. My wife is going to have a baby in August. We’ll still do probably close to 100 dates across the United States.”