What Ever Happened To: Chad Brock?
You remember Chad Brock, right? He sang hits like “Ordinary Life”, “Yes”,and my personal favorite:
Chad Brock was born and raised in Ocala, FL; despite performing in the church choir throughout his youth, his initial love was athletics, and he was a highly touted high-school football player. After joining the school chorus, however, Brock also emerged as a star soloist, and became so enamored of music that he turned down a collegiate athletic scholarship to pursue a career as a performer. Relocating to Nashville to work as a songwriter, he initially struggled to get his foot in the music industry’s door, and as a result spent three years touring as a member of the World Championship Wrestling organization.
Finally, in 1998, Brock signed with Warner Bros. and issued his self-titled debut later that year. The second single, “Ordinary Life,” was a breakout hit, climbing into the country Top Five, and “Lightning Does the Work” was also moderately popular. Brock’s follow-up was 2000’s Yes!, and the title track — a story song about meeting and romancing his wife — became his first country chart-topper, nearly making the pop Top 20 as well.
2001 saw the release of Brock’s third and final album for Warner Bros.. Entitled III, it was less successful than its predecessor. III had only one chart entry in “Tell Me How”, which failed to make the Top 40. This album also reprised Brock’s three highest-charting singles (“Yes!”, “Ordinary Life” and “Lightning Does The Work”). Shortly thereafter, he signed to Broken Bow Records, then a newly-formed independent label. There, he recorded his fourth studio album, entitled Free. Although five of its singles were released (with four of those five singles entering the country charts), the album itself was not shipped, and Brock exited Broken Bow’s roster.
Brock left Nashville in 2005 to co-host a morning show on the Tampa, Florida station WQYK-FM along with country music parodist Cledus T. Judd. He remained on the morning show on WQYK-FM, while Cletus moved on to the Bull in Atlanta GA. In 2007, Brock signed with Rocky Comfort Records, a label which was started by Tracy Lawrence, although he did not release anything for the label. His first single in four years, “Put A Redneck In The White House”, was released in August 2008 on the Straight Shooter label. In February 2010, Brock left WQYK-FM to begin his new position as Director of Programming for the new cable channel The Country Network. TCN will begin airing nationwide in June as part of the CMA Music Fest in Nashville. Although the main office for TCN will be in Nashville, Brock will be based in Atlanta
On October 25, 2010 Brock announced on his social networking page his intention to run for the United States Senate in 2014. Maybe we’ll someday really have a “Redneck In The White House”…:)