Chad Bradford

Looking into the past of Chad Bradford shows a fantastic line of influence – that’s what you get when you hit up some of the best known country hot spots in the state of Alabama. Bradford has been all over the south sharing his unique honkytonk sound, even settling down in Nashville and releasing a self-titled record.

If you find yourself at a live Bradford show, it may sound like this description: “I believe that my sound incorporates several genres of music that I grew up listening to.  My parents were big country music fans and I was raised in a Baptist church singing those great country gospel songs.  Being from the Muscle Shoals area, I was also exposed to the great R&B and southern rock songs as well.  I believe you can hear that in certain songs that I sing.” Chad is busy recording a new album right now with a single out next month. Keep an eye out. There’s more to learn, so keep going for the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Chad Bradford

PensEyeView.com (PEV):  How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

CB: I believe that my sound incorporates several genres of music that I grew up listening to.  My parents were big country music fans and I was raised in a Baptist church singing those great country gospel songs.  Being from the Muscle Shoals area, I was also exposed to the great R&B and southern rock songs as well.  I believe you can hear that in certain songs that I sing.

PEV:  What can fans expect from a live show?

CB:  Our live show is a fun show.  We incorporate my songs along with some great covers that the band and I love. It's a very energetic show while making the crowd a part of it.  We love what we are doing and we want the people attending to be a part of the fun.

PEV:  Tell us how you developed your musical journey.  Why did you decide to run with this?

CB:  My musical journey started as a teenager singing in church and it grew from there.  I entered some talent contests singing some of the great 90’s country hits that led me into playing and singing in my own bands.  I got the chance to do some demo work at FAME studios thus making the move to Nashville in 1999 and going full-time musician in 2004.

PEV:  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you write a song?

CB:   My creative process varies as well…when I sit down with a song, I want to make every single word to be that right word and I want the song to flow well with the melody.

PEV:  Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

CB:  Music has always been in my blood.  I knew that if I wanted to do this the way I wanted to do it, I would have to put all my efforts into that

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for you?

CB:  It varies from song to song… might be something that is said to me or something that I see... I go from there.

PEV:  Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

CB:  I do look back and wish that I would have done some things differently but I also think about all the fun I’ve had.  It’s been great.

PEV:  What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

CB:  I really enjoy cooking.  Cooking requires creative processes as well and I love experimenting with new dishes.

PEV:  What one word best describes you?

CB:  Sincere.

PEV: How is life for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

CB:  Best parts - I have enjoyed traveling throughout the country and meeting people.  Some of those people are my closest friends.  Worst parts - I miss being away from my very supportive family.

PEV:  Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play?

CB: I would love to travel Europe and visit those countries.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

CB:  I am blessed to say that I have a very supportive family and great friends that have been behind me all the way.

PEV: What’s it like when you get to play in your hometown?

CB:  I enjoy playing in my hometown because I get to see a lot of friends and family that I normally don’t get to see on a constant basis.  It’s always enjoyable coming back home to play.

PEV:  What can we find you doing in your spare time?

CB:  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I love college football (Alabama Crimson Tide… that is) and enjoy going to Civil War battlefields and museums.

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

CB:  If I could turn back the hands of time, the one person I would have loved to do a collaboration with is Elvis. The King… enough said… Ha!

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

CB:  There’s so many new artist's out there now, I honestly can’t give you an answer.  There’s just so many new talented artists coming out daily.

PEV:  If you were not playing music now what do you think would be your career?

CB:  I would be working for the public in some shape, form, or fashion.

PEV:  So, what is next for you?

CB:  Next for me, I am in the process of recording a new album and touring to promote that album this spring.  I will have my first single out to radio in February and we will go from there.

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