Since the age of one, Lance Curtis has known music as the path forward. After receiving a guitar for his first birthday, Curtis fell in love with music and wanted to find a way to make his dream a reality. After being turned away by American Idol, Curtis set his sights on Nashville and never looked back. Curtis boasts a sound reminiscent of beloved 90’s Country era, and his latest single “Land Of The Free” pays homage to those influences and shows Curtis as an artist looking to carve out his own path in the industry.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Curtis about his musical beginnings, “Land Of The Free”, and much more.
When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue?
Ever since a year old when I received my first guitar on my first birthday, I knew music was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Once you knew, what was your first step towards making this dream a reality?
I started to play on stage with my papa and his band at a year old, and I was the cute novelty factor of the show, but I learned then girls love good looking guys who play music;) As I grew older and started hearing and writing music and playing more solo shows as an artist, I auditioned for American Idol, but didn’t make the cut, so I went straight to Nashville and ended up landing some huge meetings, and that’s when I knew I could actually turn this dream into reality.
Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?
I am a huge fan of Alan Jackson, George Strait, Cody Johnson, Jason Aldean, Morgan Wallen, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and many more. As a songwriter, I try to listen to everyone on the radio to know what is selling in the market.
How would you describe your musical style?
I’ve been told by many industry experts, my style is a “New Traditionalist”. I was raised playing classic country, so when I write I tend to lean some towards that but with a modern twist.
What’s the story behind your new single, “Land Of The Free”?
“Land Of The Free” was inspired by an idea I had to take all of the 90’s country hit titles and phrases and put them all together to tell a story. So I sat down with my friends Taylor Marie Wagner and Chris Powers and wrote this song. If you listen closely to the verses you may hear song favorites you were raised on. The song is such a fun upbeat party song, but also makes you want to just relax and take a long drive. When writing this song we loved the fact that the idea and title covered so many things in one. For example, “Land Of The Free” can be your barn burner song, it can be your patriotic song, it can be your relax and feel free song, it can be your date night song, and it can be your take you back in time song.
Why do you feel a song like this is so important these days?
A lot of times, myself included, we forget to relax and enjoy the little things of life like taking a long drive with no destination just to clear your head, treating your girl to the perfect date night of just spending quality time with her, or just having the time to have fun and enjoy music.
What’s next for you?
I recently just got off tour, playing shows in Jacksonville FL at the Jaguar Stadium, Greensboro North Carolina at the White Oak Amphitheater, Nashville TN, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, South Carolina, and more!I had a great time out on the road on the bus, getting to meet so many great people, and look forward to seeing everyone on the next tour.
Currently, my team and I are working very hard on getting these new songs promoted, and getting the new music off the rest of the album released. I also have been very blessed to be contracted to debut a new song off the new album at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN this coming year! I couldn’t be more excited to see what God has in store for me and my career, and I thank all my fans for helping me achieve my dreams along the way.