From Nashville Native To Rising Star: Chase Matthew Says ‘Come Get Your Memory’ Album ‘Defines Who I Am As A Person’
This project has been in the making for nearly 10 years.
Chase Matthew; Photo by Mayoette
Chase Matthew has unleashed his biggest collection of songs to date with his label debut, Come Get Your Memory, out Friday, June 9.
After recently inking a deal with Warner Music Nashville, the rising artist put his skills to the test as he compiled years of work for the highly anticipated 25-track collection that follows his breakout project, Born For This.
Matthew co-penned nearly every track on the sophomore album and enlisted some help from a handful of Nashville’s top writers including HARDY, Ernest, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Phelps, Taylor Phillips, Matt Stell and many more.
“I actually had an opportunity to work with Taylor Phillips a lot this year, especially on the song which we just took to radio, ‘Love You Again.’ He’s been pitching me quite a few songs and I’ve kind of been stubborn about cutting outside songs for the longest time,” Matthew explained to Country Now.
“So recently when I heard some of these ones that HARDY and Ashley Gorley had wrote and Hunter Phelps…and these are people I’ve always looked up to,” he continued. “I actually just recently got to meet them at the ACM Awards and I was super pumped about that. It’s kind of crazy to see it all come full circle because it’s something I’ve always dreamed of.”
Narrowing down the list to just 25 songs was no easy feat for Matthew. For years, he’s been adding to his repertoire, just waiting for the right moment to compile some of his best work into one full album.
“We had a Dropbox of about 80 songs. We sat down a couple times and got a few opinions and just like, you know, what do the people feel like the strongest songs are? It’s hard for me to decide cause I’m in love with all of ’em, but we started with, ‘okay, let’s do 18.’ And it was like, ‘well what about these two? What about this one? What about that one?’ And the next thing you know, we got 25 and I’m 25, so I’m like, ‘Hey, 25 is a lucky number.’”
“I don’t really have a timeline, but I do know that there’s some songs that were in that Dropbox folder that I had wrote when I was 16,” he added. “So we’ve been deciding on ’em for quite some time and I’m just really happy with the body of work that it is.”
The final product of his hard work represents many of the different chapters that Matthew has encountered throughout his life so far. This means that the album holds something for everyone, whether that be heartbreak remedies, nostalgic anthems, vulnerability as he learns to overcome the highs and lows, and even battling the loss of a man’s best friend. As Matthew dives head first into showcasing his dedication to music, he unleashes his signature country/rock sounds and unapologetic energy.
“It’s a project that defines who I am as a person,” Matthew shared honestly. “I tried to make it as relatable as possible as well, because I feel like everybody’s had a struggle in their life. Everybody’s had an up and down and it’s just a perfect body of work for any kind of intention.”
Fans had already gotten a taste of the album through songs like “Where There’s Smoke,” “Hey Montana,” “The Way I Am,” his latest add to radio, “Love You Again,” and more.
Plus, one of his most recent releases, “Come Get Your Memory” was chosen for the title track because of its ability to display an emotional case of heartbreak. Through the haunting memories, Matthew puts his whole heart on display alongside the hard-hitting production and steady vocals.
“So we have two song titles, ‘Come Get Your Memory’ and ‘Make a Memory.’ And I was like, you know, that’s a lot of memory, but we thought it was cool. Then I just felt like, ‘Come Get Your Memory’ was a really strong record that I wrote with Casey Brown and Jordan Minton and I just really love that song.”
The rising singer/songwriter continued, “It felt good because, you know, you could even name a tour around it. It’s like, ‘Hey, come to one of these shows and make some memories.’ And we’ve all been in that position as well too in a breakup where we feel like, you know, that person still lingers around and it’s hard to live without certain things sometimes. But for the most part, ‘Come Get Your Memory’ is one of my favorite records on the album and I’m glad we named at that.”
Alongside the album release, Matthew also unveiled a brand-new music video for the leading track, “Blink.” The video captures the budding artist in his element as he works on his truck, rides four-wheelers through the muddy backroads and tends to the land that raised him.
“We filmed the whole video in one day, kind of thought about, you know, what are the most important locations and things that I grew up around, locations, roads and stuff. I’m from Nashville, I’m a Nashville native, so it’s really cool cause by the end of the video, you would’ve seen all of the locations I grew up at, and then you see the Joelton water tower and you can see Nashville in the distance. It’s really cool.”
Coming hot on the heels of a bucket list year, Chase Matthew recently returned to CMA Fest just in time to perform on the riverfront stage and showcase his brand-new collection of music.
Next up, he will take on a slew of headlining dates and festivals throughout the summer including Tailgates & Tallboys, Country Thunder, Rock the South 2023, Big Valley Jamboree, and more.
Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.