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SALLY COLE: Singer-songwriter Ben Chase praises P.E.I. roots

Ben Chace is touring Canada with his new single, “All Over It.” He’s originally from the Palmer’s Road/Tignish area of P.E.I.
Ben Chace is touring Canada with his new single, “All Over It.” He’s originally from the Palmer’s Road/Tignish area of P.E.I. - Contributed
CALGARY, Alta. —

If the stars continue to align for Ben Chase, he could be on his way of becoming Canada’s next country star.

The P.E.I.-born singer-songwriter, also known as Ben Gallant, has been on a Canadian radio tour since last fall. And, along the way, some great things have been happening for him.

Chase’s first single, “All Over It”, shot to No. 1 on the Canadian Country iTunes Charts on the day it was released, Jan. 4.

Written by Aaron Pollock, Adam Dowling, Matt MacKay and Chase, the catchy song about surviving a breakup was describe as “the next best thing” by Casey Clark when it premiered on his countdown.

There was also plenty to celebrate in 2018. This past summer Chase received kudos from George Canyon after opening for the award-winning country star at the Stompin’ Tom Festival in Skinner’s Pond.

“George gave me shout out on national radio, which was really cool. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to,” Chase told me during a telephone interview.
He also played Alberta's largest country music festivals in 2018: Big Valley Jamboree and Country Thunder in Calgary. As well, he opened for Sawyer Brown and Dan and Shay, showcased at the CCMA Awards Week in Hamilton and performed on Broadway in Nashville, TN.

It’s high praise for the 21-year-old singer/songwriter who moved from P.E.I. to Calgary, Alta., to pursue his musical career in 2017.

With a sound that’s a mix of Travis Tritt and Thomas Rhett and an energetic stage presence, (check out the videos on his website) he comes by his country roots honestly.

Chase’s grandfather is country performer Alfie Perry who, along with his aunt, Peggy Clinton, run the Lot 7 Ceilidhs in Burton each summer.

“So, I come from a musical family,” says Chase, who comes from the Tignish/Palmer Road area of P.E.I.

His grandfather isn’t surprised by the success his grandson is experiencing.

“I knew he had talent,” says Perry.

“I watched him perform in front of people when he was two years old. Then, when he was six or seven, he wrote a song and sang it in church. And there are all the other performances since then. I’m so proud of him.”

Besides being proud about coming from a musical family Chase is proud of his Island roots.

“I love Prince Edward Island. I always talk about it when I do concerts or radio interviews.”

Just the facts

Who: Ben Chase, country/pop singer-songwriter

What: The P.E.I.-born singer-songwriter is touring Canada with his new single.

Awards: 2017 AMCA male artist of the year nominee, 2017 Music P.E.I. cover artist of the year winner.

Stage name: One night while he was playing at Chase the Ace at the Tignish Legion, a few years ago, he met a booking agent. After listening to him play, the man coaxed him to move to Alberta. A year later he made the move. When he arrived, he changed his name to Ben Chase. “It’s all about Chase the Ace.”

Website: www.BenChaseMusic.com.

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Sally Cole is an entertainment writer with The Guardian. She welcomes comments about her column as well as suggestions for future columns from readers. She may be reached at sally.cole@TheGuardian.pe.ca or by phone at 902-629-6000, ext. 6054.

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