A LITTLE INSIGHT
NAME: William Chase Given
BIRTHDAY: May 10, 1983
FAVORITE INSTRUMENTS TO PLAY: I Love Singing, Playing Guitar, Piano, and Trumpet
MUSICAL HEROES: My Dad, James Taylor, Tony Lucca, Sam Cooke, Elton John, Mike Taylor, Gavin Degraw, Billy Preston, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Billy Joel, & Many More!
FAVORITE MOVIES: The Dark Knight, Star Wars,
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: Bermuda, and Orlando, FL
PERSONAL MOTTO: “Sometimes It’s Fun To Do The Impossible” - Walt Disney
James Taylor... A lot of this starts for Chase with James Taylor... and Chicago, and Earth Wind & Fire, and Satchmo! Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong was a big influence too.
Chase's father was a jazz trumpet player, and his mom a dance instructor. A love for the arts filled their home. Chase was even named after Bill Chase, a 70's jazz fusion trumpet player that had a huge influence not only on his dad's (Mark) playing, but was largely responsible for bringing Mark to North Carolina, where he met Janice (Chase's Mom).
Chase was born and raised in Roanoke Rapids, NC and is 2nd of 5 kids. He first appeared on stage at only 3 years old. From that moment, he was hooked! At 6 years old, he formed a band with his brothers and named it “Boy’s Club”. The band evolved as their baby sister joined the group and the band became “Boy’s Club & A Babe”. The band toured throughout the East Coast from 1989 until 2005. During that time, the band released 7 CD’s and Cassette Tapes. The last CD, “Keepin’ It Alive” featured 3 hit singles, including “Dancin’ & Shaggin’”, “2 in a Million”, and “Myrtle Beach” concluding 2003 at #11 on the National Southern Soul Top Songs of 2003.
Since 2005, Chase has performed with a variety of bands including Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame band “The Holiday Band”, and has been associated with groups including “Band of Oz”, “The Embers”, “The Drifters”, among many others. He has shared the stage with International favorites including “Nsync”, “Rascal Flatts”, “SheDaisy”, “Darius Rucker”, “John Mayer”, “Gavin Degraw”, “Train”, and many others. He formed Chase Given Band in 2009, and toured the US East Coast, as well as performances in Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Mexico. Chase has released several CD’s, and has had over a dozen top 10 hits on Southern Soul charts.
After performing on the East Coast, as well as California, and the Pacific Northwest, Chase now resides in Salt Lake City, UT, and is performing regularly throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, & California.
In 2020, Chase released his first single since 2012 with "Let's Dance", a Yacht Rock style track that he co-wrote, followed by "I'm Not Hungry, I'm Just Bored" which was his musical salute to the Covid-19 crisis. In February 2021, Chase released "Just My Baby & Me", a song Chase wrote with long-time friend Gary Bostic. "Let's Dance" peaked at #14 on the Southern Soul Music Charts, and "Just My Baby & Me" peaked at #6! While wanting to celebrate the Southern Soul music that had been so good to him, he started bridging beyond that. During the Covid 19 pandemic, Chase released his autobiographical, but humorous song "I'm Not Hungry, I'm Just Bored". Then Chase pulled a song he had written in 2006 to a new recording, an EDM style track titled "Bootyshaker".
In June 2021, Chase released "Just Me", an 11 song collection of his original compositions. As a result of Chase returning to mostly acoustic style performances, he chose to release the songs with an intimate feel, with only acoustic instruments, all performed by Chase.
With a tremendous resume’ and experience, Chase is the perfect entertainer for Private Parties, Festivals, Fairs, Concerts, Restaurants & Lounges.