This Ain't Your Daddy's Country

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Chuck Adams used to go by the name "Range." And having made the switch from R&B to country, he's shown just how appropriate that nickname really is. In 2008, Range started his career as a songwriter. 

He told Fuse News, "I was going to labels and they were saying we have so-and-so, we have Trey Songz, we have Chris Brown, we have whoever else, so I just had to follow Ne-Yo's [path, that you have to] write your way in as an artist, so that's what I did."

Writing for artists like Ludacris, T-Pain, Lil Kim, and Ray J led to an artist deal with Jay Z's Roc Nation. 

Range even did a song with Rick Ross, but he discovered that life in hip-hop simply wasn't for him. "I was up 'til 6am, you know, clubs, the women, the lifestyle, the bottles, spending $2,500 in the club on bottles. Just bad decisions."

In 2011, Adams says his new label dropped him. 

"Leaving Roc Nation wasn't a choice. I see now it was obviously the best of things because of the man I am, but I woke up... and I didn't have a deal. I found out via Twitter." 

Despite the shock, Adams realized that he hadn't been expressing himself. "I don't think I was really an artist back on Roc Nation. I kind of just thought I was, or I kind of wanted maybe the glitz of it, but I didn't really stand for anything."

Adams then picked up a guitar and made a drastic move; he crossed over into country music.

"Country magnifies a lifestyle that I agree with," Adams says. "I think country writers are amazing writers and amazing storytellers. All very talented in a lot of ways, from guitar to vocally, I like the talent in there."

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