Chase - The Ride
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
often said that in music, and you can pick the style or genre,
there’s million “what if” stories. Stories that though told
countless times are worth another serving. Stories that make the
outsider ponder and think, while leaving those involved wondering
just what might have been.
Diane Chase. She has a story. The good-looking singer once fronted
a local Canadian band, Flirt. As the lead singer, she was touring
and developing as an artist. It was all good. Then, as Chase
explained in a later interview, a soon-to-be chart-buster entered
Eileen (Shania) Twain and I grew up in Northern Ontario – her in
Timmins, myself in Sudbury. We were in different bands, but had
the same booking agent. Eventually, I made a decision to move to
Toronto to pursue additional musical opportunities, so the Agent
needed to find another lead singer for my band. They decided to
pull Shania out of her band in Timmins to fill the spot. We worked
together for a short while in the transition, and she was with the
band for a year or two. When people ask how the road to success
differs between us, I simply say that Shania took the interstate,
and I’ve taken the scenic route!”
could easily have been the end of the story. But it’s not. That
scenic route came paved with its own rewards. Chase, a former
investment banker and the youngest from a family of ten, a
youngster who started singing at 5, need have no regrets. Her
first album, In The Middle Of Something,” ignited notable
interest. With more pizzazz than the 4th
July, the titled single zoomed to the Top Ten. Then the album
exploded with a slew CMT video hits, and in the wake, scored Chase a
Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2000 and 2002 Ontario Country
Performer and Fan Association Awards.
the strength of Chase’s talent isn’t one dimensional –she’s
more than just a performer. She’s also a capable and talented
writer. It’s a point well recognized on both her albums. Her
debut release had 7 co-writes, while “The Ride”, the new
10-tracker, offers 5. And it’s in the writing where the
lyrically astute singer from Aurora, Ontario paints her mark with
pop and country feel-good blasts and ballads.
Ride” opens the album. Co-written by long-term collaborator
Steve Fox (Fox wrote “Daddy Won’t Sell The Farm” for
Montgomery Gentry, and scores here with four songs on this album),
Chase belts out an optimistic creed that tells the best part of
living is moving forward. Produced by the in-demand team of Jason
Barry and J.Richard Hutt, the tune, the album, is a polished team
effort. An effort that runs to a half page liner list of musical
credits, but for Chase, who has her career handled now by a
strategist rather than a manager, the final wrap is a thumbs up.
the tune, “I Hate Love”. On the rocky crossover, branded with
a style popularized
by her former Flirt replacement, Chase cuts loose with an
infectious toe-tapper. The declaration of love’s hatred is a
waiting to happen hit, not unlike the “do-wop” possibilities
played out on “Walkin’ Back To You”. Other paced rockers
come sprinkled across the album, “Hearts Don’t Think Like That”
, and the Cajun-spiced Soiree In The Kitchen” to name two.
Listen out also for the last track, “Time To Make A Life”.
Chase ambles, perfectly, over her co-written closing ballad. The
tune shares the truth that life vanishes if it’s spent living
rather than loving. And for those with a little pepper in their
hair, and a slower dance stride, listen for “Harper Valley PTA”.
Yes, that HVPTA. The tune telling of Mrs Johnson, a Harper
Valley widowed wife with a bent for scandal, is a reworked gem.
two solid albums to her credit, Diane Chase is starting to burn
tread. She has a countrified style that sits well in the driver’s
seat. She has a strong feel for lyrics, and her vocal performance
wins on every outing. But then again, you’d expect nothing less
from a lady who moved on for Shania Twain. But that was then, and
this is now. Buckle up. Hang on. This ride has just begun.
Official Site: www.DianeChase.com
Ride song list:
1: The Ride
2: I Hate Love
3: Walkin’ Back to You
4: Woman I Wanna Be
5: Soiree in the Kitchen
6: Hearts Don’t Think Like
7: Way Back When
8: Harper Valley PTA
9: All in Your Mind
10:Time to Make a Life
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