Chad is a native of Shelby County, Kentucky but has also spent years living in Guatemala and Charlotte, North Carolina. At the age of 14, Chad picked up a guitar for the first time and instantly fell in love. He quickly started learning songs by some of his songwriting heroes such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, John Prine, and many more. This led to opportunities to play live with a band and as a solo act and eventually form a career as a full-time gigging musician. Chad is now grateful to make a living playing music for weddings, corporate events, and other special occasions.
Chad has learned hundreds of songs over the past two decades, which has caused him to become a student of good songwriting. He eventually realized that he could find expression beyond just playing guitar and singing covers and began writing his own songs. You can hear influences from some of Chad's songwriting heroes while telling his own stories and finding unique forms of emotional expression. As more and more songs came, the desire for Chad to share his music grew and he began to contemplate the idea of recording an album of all original music.
During the spring of 2020, Chad (like the rest of the world) found himself stuck at home due to a stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With nothing else to do, he assembled a small home studio and began to reach out to some of the best musicians across the United States. Chad collaborated with studio musicians such as Aaron Sterling (drums), Mike Harris (guitar), Billy Justineau (keys), JT Cure (bass), Ian Taylor Sutton (pedal steel), Kristen Rogers (vocals), and many more to form a timeless sounding Americana / alt-country record. "The Man I Am" is the name of Chad's debut record and was released on July 1st, 2021.