“Cute.” That’s the word that will spring to mind when you first see Chancie Neal. But hold on a second. Let her talk. Cute evolves into bubbly, funny, smart and confident. Now let her pick up a guitar and sing one of the many songs she’s written. Remember back when she was just “cute?” You can add talented, gifted, magnetic and inspiring to your description. Or you can just say, “Wow.”
This Calhoun, Louisiana native packs a powerful double whammy in her diminutive stature as both a singer and a songwriter. God only knows where it came from – no one else in her family is musical -- so she gives Him full credit for a voice that is at one time big and bold, and at another time, sweet and vulnerable. Her songs are diverse as well with a repertoire that swings from sweet Southern sass to tender heartache.
And Chancie hasn’t allowed her youth to limit her songwriting. She’s an observer…a listener. What she hasn’t experienced, she has witnessed in the lives of others. She takes other people’s stories and relays their messages through her songs. So don’t be surprised if one of her tunes comes from a man’s perspective – she listens to her guy friends, too. And she draws from her own rich life that includes a passion for horses – a World Championship rodeo title at the age of 9 – hunting, her family and, of course, shopping. And when it comes to love songs, nothing is holding her back. She says that she can create the perfect man in a song and she can decide if she loves him or hates him on any given day.
She’s also observed Nashville’s vast songwriting community, modeling their techniques and diving headfirst into co-writes with such hitmakers as Jeff Stevens ("Carrying Your Love with Me") Dallas Davidson (“Gimme That Girl”), Mike Mobley ("Easy") Ben Hayslip (“Honey Bee”), Shane Minor ("Live A Little"), and Phil O'Donnell ("Back When I Knew it All")
Now, she’s not just sitting in the room with these writers, mind you, Chancie has something to say and she’s been saying it since she was 13. While on a family vacation to Gatlinburg’s picturesque Lookout Mountain, she heard two girls randomly, casually playing guitar and singing. Something in their performance struck a nerve and the teen, who didn’t even know she could sing, discovered a new passion. Her first performance came later that year at her sister’s 18th birthday party. And there has been no turning back.
In fact, Chancie Neal has put the pedal to the metal. First connecting with Luke Bryan in 2007 at one of his shows in Louisiana, the pair kept in touch until she moved to Tennessee in 2010. Impressed by her enthusiasm, Luke gave her a listen and put her in the opening slot on some of his annual Farm Tour dates in 2010 and 2011 and 2012, and she’s looking forward to joining him again for the closing weekend of his CMT Tailgates and Tanlines Tour. And when you go out to see her, expect high energy, high volume and high octane, much like her musical influences Miranda Lambert and Shania Twain.
Don’t expect this young lady to sit back on her boot heels any time soon. She’s in hot pursuit of a recording contract and she’s got a lot to offer. With more facets than a Tiffany diamond, in both her music and her personality, her appeal is vast. This goal-oriented, half tomboy – half girly girl country, whose favorite colors are camouflage and “shiny,” has only just embarked on what promises to be a long, successful journey.