It's been three years between albums, but Chase Rice says that time has allowed him to delve into some personal issues through music he has written and/or recorded. Those songs made it onto his brand new project, Lambs & Lions, which arrives in stores tomorrow (Friday, November 17th).

Chase tells us: [“For me, it’s a lot easier for me to sit there and write an album than sit here on a couch with your girlfriend or whatever and say, ‘How was your day?’ (laughs). Sometimes that’s just the way guys are wired and that’s easy for me to just put everything out there on a record than it is to have a one-on-one conversation sometimes and that was my outlet when I started needing to have those hard conversations 10 years ago when my dad died. A lot of that stuff that life throws your way that you just shy away from and you just bury it deep inside I’ve dealt with. It’s a lot of personal stuff in my life but, hey, that’s what music’s for.”] SOUNDCUE (:38 OC: . . . what music’s for.)

To celebrate the release, Chase is throwing Lambs & Lions listening parties for fans across the country and unveiling the “We Are Lions” contest, which calls on students to show their school spirit by entering for a chance to win a free Chase Rice concert at their school. For details, visit chaserice.com.

Chase has also partnered with the CMA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Country Music Association, to help fund music education programs across the U.S. To that end, the singer will be donating the profits from album sales at listening parties in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New York City, and Phoenix to the Foundation, along with the proceeds to his sold-out shows at the celebrated Grizzly Rose in Denver this Friday and Saturday (November 18th). 

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