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Jacob Rice Discusses Beginnings and 'Whatever Floats Your Boat'

Singer-songwriter Jacob Rice grew up in a musical household in the state of Vermont. “I was always surrounded by music. “My parents were really big into music. Music’s just always been a big part of my life,” he told The Nash News. Despite music’s influence on him at a young age, country music wasn’t prevalent at all.

Growing up in Vermont, he listened to rock ‘n’ roll, pop, and Motown genres. When he found himself living in LA, he made a life-altering discovery. “Living in LA, I was really homesick. I didn’t like being in such a big city,” he stated. When he started to date his now wife in California, she would play country music in the background whenever he went over to her place for dinner dates. “I remember hearing some of the songs and feeling like, ‘Wow, this feels like how I grew up.’ So I really started to get into it.” Later on, Rice was told by a studio musician he knew that if he really wanted to pursue the country genre, he had to move to Nashville. So he did.

Now, his EP Whatever Floats Your Boat is out for audiences to hear. The lead single for the project is titled “How a Man Treats a Lady” and Rice wrote the track all on his own. Despite the song’s endearing, romantic lyricism, the song stands out to Rice due to its musicality that rides on a wave of heavy Motown influence. “For the past two years, I’ve been really trying to discover who I am as an artist and what’s the message I want to put out,” he shares. He discusses the influence of his home state adding, “You kind of have this interesting dynamic of farm culture and hippie progressives. That’s brought this unique twist in my music. It’s eclectic and unique but still commercial.”

The upbeat, party jam “My House” was the second single that he wrote with Karli Chayne. Chayne, who is originally from Missouri, brings a different background and set of influences compared to what Rice is equipped with. “I feel like the song is a unique blend of what I bring to the table and what she brings to the table which is why co-writing is so awesome,” Rice tells us. He also explains