CHAD WESLEY

singer/songwriter/guitarist

BIO FOR PRESS RELEASES

Old Trace Records via Malaco Music Group of Jackson, Mississippi is proud to present one of their newest artists on the Label. Chad Wesley, 32 year old Blues-Rock Singer-Guitarist is Mississippi's fastest rising star with a high energy show and a blend of soulful music that will keep you on your feet. Though recently signing with Old Trace/Malaco, Wesley has been a staple in the southeastern music circuit for the last 10 years frequenting many live music venues, festivals and concert stages opening for major acts such as George Clinton (at The Mississippi Coliseum), Eric Johnson, Drivin n' Cryin, and just recently Cowboy Mouth at Duling Hall in The Fondren District of Mid-Town Jackson, MS. His NEW ALBUM Bluezy is set to release in The Fall of 2018 with the lead single "Shake" dropping in September of 2018. You can find more of Wesley's music streaming in apps such as Apple Music, Spotify, GooglePlay, Amazon Music & Shazam. You can also check out Wesley's music videos through Youtube & Vevo. For more information, Follow Chad Wesley on social sites such as Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.

EARLY & PERSONAL LIFE

Chad Wesley was born January 28th, 1986 in Fairhope, AL. The very day the Challenger Space Shuttle tragically exploded 74 seconds upon take off. 
Though born in Lower Alabama, Wesley spent the majority of his childhood and teen years living in Forest, MS where he graduated from Forest High School in 2004. Wesley started playing the guitar at age 8 when his older brother, who was then playing lead guitar in a professional country band, started teaching him. His first public performance came May of 1999 when he formed a group named SiLVER that played covers and originals at a Relay for Life event at the local park in Forest, MS. It wasn't long after that he started forming his solo career at age 15 being managed by his father at the time.

After leaving his hometown at the age of 19, Wesley started pursuing a professional full-time career in music performing at venues in his current home metro area of Jackson, MS where he lives to this day in The Reservoir Area City of Ridgeland, MS(A northern suburb of Jackson). Wesley married Brandi LaShay, a professional hair-stylist from Ridgeland, MS in 2011. They have a son together that was born in 2007. Wesley has toured the southeast for years making a name for himself as a passionate intense performer that performs on the guitar with intensity unseen since legends like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Prince. After releasing multiple singles and even a full-length album under his own label Karma Records, Wesley signed with Malaco Music Group's imprint label Old Trace Records in early 2017. "It was a decision that was easy to make. I grew up such a fan of all the blues & soul music they made Mississippi famous for", says Wesley about being on the label. "It was the best decision for me as an artist with a family rooted in central Mississippi to sign with not only a legendary label, but one that was in my own back yard. It makes recording so much easier being local."
Wesley had an already established history with the label as he and Mulit-Grammy winning Senior Engineer Kent Bruce had worked together often in past years prior to Wesley officially signing with the label. Wesley actually recorded vocals on a demo 2 nights before the original Malaco studios was completely taken out by a tornado that tragically hit Jackson MS April 15th, 2011. 
In November of 2017, Wesley suffered a tragic loss of his best friend and producer Ryan Montgomery who had produced Wesley's popular 2015 single-release "The One". "No one ever gets over losing a partner, a friend or especially a chosen brother. I'm just grateful we got the time together that we did."
Wesley is currently preparing for the release of his major-debut album "Bluezy". "The songs on this album reflect my soul. I feel like this album says more about me as a writer and performer that my past releases may not have portrayed clearly.", says Wesley of the new album. "I can't wait to perform these songs on tour and build a nightly relationship with the songs in the way I have with my last record."

 

AWARDS

"2018 Blues Entertainer of the Year"
-Josie Music Awards
Dollywood Celebrity Theatre
Pigeon Forge, TN

"2018 Singer/Songwriter of the Year"
-44th Annual Jackson Music Awards
Jackson Mississippi

"2018 Best Musician"
-Jackson Free Press Awards
Jackson Mississippi

"2017 Singer/Songwriter of the Year"
-43rd Annual Jackson Music Awards
Jackson Mississippi
*Nomination*
 

"2017 Soul Artist of the Year"
-Josie Music Awards
Nashville, TN
 

"2014 Pop Artist of the Year"
-40th Annual Jackson Music Awards
Jackson Mississippi
 

"2012 Best Rock Artist"
-Jackson Free Press Awards
Jackson Mississippi
 

"3 Consecutive Time Winner of The King Ryan Events: iShowcase" 
-2012, Nashvile - 2013, Atlanta - 2013, Memphis

QUOTES

I want nothing more than to show the world why Mississippi is still considered the Birthplace of American Music. One show at a time.”

— Chad Wesley

I don't remember life before the guitar. It's been pretty much tunnel vision since the first day I picked it up. I know what I was put here to do.”

— Chad Wesley

My favorite part of making music is the thrill that I might save a soul.”

— Chad Wesley

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