The Chase is gone: Entertainer heads to Vegas to pursue career
By by aprill brandon
Oct. 27, 2010 at 5:27 a.m.
Updated Oct. 28, 2010 at 5:28 a.m.
If there ever was a sign an entertainer was ready for Vegas, being asked to perform on stage by a complete stranger on the first night of your vacation is a pretty darn big one.
And that's exactly why Chase Brown is moving there come this January.
"I never even told this guy I was a singer. It was crazy. My very first day there and I got an offer to sing on a stage in Vegas," Brown laughed. "I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to be there."
After spending more than a decade performing all over South Texas, first as an Elvis impersonator, and then as a singer in his own right, Brown has built up a large fan base in the area. Although he said he feels the time is right to move on to the next stage in his career, leaving behind those fans and his regular gigs won't be easy.
"I'm just going to start over. I'm nervous, but it's a good kind of nervous. I'm excited," he said. "The hard part is that I have so much here and I have to leave my life here. I love that I am able to do what I do in South Texas. I love the people. I love my life here, and it's going to be hard to give it up."
For Brown's fans, the feeling is mutual. Brown's manager, Barbara Johnson, who is arguably his biggest fan, said she is sad to see him go, but admits it was her goal to help him chase (pardon the pun) his dream.
"The first time I heard his voice, it blew me away. I was dumbfounded. It was the best vocals I ever heard," she said. "He's an outstanding young man that makes everyone feel special, which is why so many people go to his shows. I always told him his performances and style were amazing, but it's his voice I believe in. I want the world to hear his voice like I do."
In fact, Johnson met Brown's voice before she ever met Brown the person. Several years ago, she attended a high school graduation ceremony where Brown, who was one of the graduates, sang the National Anthem, A capella.
"It was the most beautiful voice I ever heard. It was enough to make the angels come down to hear. I turned to the lady sitting beside me and asked who was singing. She replied, 'Oh, just some kid who's graduating,'" she added. "And I thought, 'Some kid? Lady, that is not just 'some kid.'"
Although Brown won't be leaving for a couple of months, he is already lining up work in Vegas with the help of some contacts he made in the city. In the meantime, is booking many local shows as he does a sort of farewell tour of South Texas. He is also working on a big farewell blowout in January for his final performance, although the details are still being worked out, he added.
As for what awaits him in Vegas, Brown honestly answered, he isn't sure. But what he is sure about is what he wants.
"I want to entertain as many people as I possibly can. I want to see my name in really big lights. I want to come home and have people be proud of me. I want to make Victoria proud," Brown said as his eyes got a little misty. "I know fans are upset I'm leaving, and yet they know I have to leave. And that's what I mean when I say it's going to be so hard to leave. I have such a great support system here."