Thank you so much for chatting with us at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam! How did you first #1 country song “Yes” come about? Is it a true story?
The song “Yes” I wrote in about 45 minutes. It’s a true story and happened just the way I wrote it. She moved into my old apartment out in Bellevue, TN and called and said I had mail there. I had a writing appointment a couple of days after it happened with Jim Collins and Stephanie Smith. They listened to my story and idea and 45 minutes later we had a song. I knew it was going to be a hit.
What was the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given about pursuing a career in music?
My father told me, “the greatest job anyone could ever have, is the kind of job you would do for free, but you’re so good at it people pay you to do it.”
What song that you have recorded means the most to you and why?
There are so many, but I would have to say “Yes.” It was my favorite and if you go back and listen to it now, sonically it sounds awesome. Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson worked on that song and it sounds as good today as it did on any record back then. Records now are so technically done, but this song even done years ago was right on.
If you could have penned one song in any genre, what would it be?
“I Will Always Love You”
Looking back, what was the first album you bought? We all talk about downloads, but what was the first album you remember plunking your own hard earned money down for?
Glen Campbell. I was six years old when I really got introduced to music and was a Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard fan.
Bellamy Brothers, I was probably 13 and I worked at their show in Lake City, FL.
You’ve played on a lot of stages with a lot of big artists and have interviewed even more. Was there ever a time you were star struck and if so by whom?
No not really. I have interviewed every artist and athlete you can probably imagine. When you go, go, go as an artist you understand what it’s all about, it’s just somebody got lucky like you did. Unless I got to meet Elvis, then I would be.
What do you have going on in your life now?
I work for a great company called Mojo Sportswear.
About MoJo Sportsgear:
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Where is your favorite place to eat in your hometown of Ocala, FL?
I am not sure if it is there anymore, but it is a place called Miss Pearl’s. There is no menu, you just walk in and see what Miss Pearl has fixed that day on the chalkboard like chicken and dumplings, cornbread, and banana pudding.
What’s your favorite family recipe?
Fried chicken and mashed potatoes with a lot of grease and anything bad for you.
Southerners know good cookin’. What should every Southern kitchen be stocked with?
Buttermilk, biscuits, bacon, and sorghum syrup
Since we are here on the gulf coast, what is your favorite seafood?
I seriously like anything! 30 A Oysters here at Gulf Coast Jam has been great today.
What are 3 things you can always find in your refrigerator?
Honey mustard, coca-cola, and butter
One food everyone tells you to try, but you just can’t get up the nerve.
Nothing! I have been around the world, I love squid and I have picked out my own fish in Japan. I love everything.
Finally for Battered and Brewed, If you could eat or have a drink with one person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
My Grandfather Brock, I did not have enough time with him and Grandma Brock’s fried chicken and mashed potatoes.
ABOUT CHAD BROCK:
Chad Brock was born and raised in Ocala, FL. With a passion and love for country music, Chad relocated to Nashville to work as a singer/songwriter. In 1998, Chad signed with Warner Brothers Records and released his self-titled debut album. The second single, “Ordinary Life,” was a breakout hit, climbing into the country Top Five, and “Lightning Does the Work” was also a chart topper. He followed up in 2000 with his second album ‘Yes’ which was also his first single off the album. ‘Yes’ is a story song about meeting and romancing his wife and became his first #1 hit in the Country Billboard chart and also made the Top 20 on the Pop chart as well. In 2001 Chad released his third album entitled ‘III’. The first single from the album ‘Tell Me How’ became a hit. Chad left Nashville and Warner Brothers Records in 2005 and relocated to Tampa Florida to become a full time co-host of the WQYK-FM Morning Show along with country music parodist Cledus T. Judd. In 2007 he signed with Rocky Comfort Records, a label which was started by Tracy Lawrence. Although he did not release an album, his first single “Put A Redneck In The White House”, was released in August 2008. Chad left the music industry in 2008 to raise his children and take a break from the entertainment world.
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