One of the most unique voices this season on America's Got Talent comes from Chase Goehring. The singer/songwriter has been wowing with original, catchy songs since his first audition where he performed his original song "Hurt." The 21-year-old croons, raps, and plays guitar, and he has made his way into the finale of America's Got Talent. Like many of the other singers in the competition, Chase has been working for years towards this big break. Videos of Chase singing before America's Got Talent show he's more than prepared for the competition.
Chase has been one to watch since the very beginning of the competition, but that attention skyrocketed when he earned guest judge DJ Khaled's golden buzzer, sending him straight through to the live shows. Chase impressed the producer and DJ with his original song "A Capella." Khaled said to the young singer:
You know I do this music thing for real. I put out a lot of hit records and let me tell you something: The lyrics, they're so real and authentic like an a Capella ... You're on your way to be a star. This show and this stage is going to make you into a superstar.
With a ringing endorsement from a powerful music producer plus the spotlight of the show, it doesn't really matter if Chase wins or loses on Wednesday. He's already on his way to becoming a superstar. And here are the videos to prove he's got what it takes.
1. "When I Was Your Man" (2013)
A younger Chase sang a cover of the Bruno Mars hit "When I Was Your Man." He showcased his ability to make the song his own — as well as his piano skills, so add that to the list of instruments Chase is able to use. In the background, there is a paper that says "Chasers are not just a fan base, we're family." According to Heavy, Chasers are what Chase's fans named themselves.
2. "Puffy Eyes" (2013)
Chase's big hook on America's Got Talent is his ability to sing original songs. Even back in 2013, Chase tried his hand at songwriting with his original song "Puffy Eyes." The song even features his signature rapping in one of the verse breaks.
3. "Airplanes" (2013)
Chase is actually not new to reality TV singing competition shows: He's preformed on a big stage before in front of Simon Cowell. Chase was on the American version of The X Factor back in 2013 and can be seen singing the B.OB. song "Airplanes" above. According to an interview he did with LiveStarringYou, the singer didn't originally intend to audition for the show. He told the magazine:
"I actually didn’t plan on auditioning for The X Factor. I was participating in a younow.com singer/songwriter competition and one of the judges worked with Sony Music. She was like, ‘We think you would be a great addition to the show.’ So a couple weeks later I ended up in Long Island, New York and auditioned for the judges."
According to the magazine, Chase auditioned with his song "Hurt," which he would later use as his audition song on America's Got Talent. On The X Factor, Chase didn't make it to the live shows like he has on America's Got Talent — so this is clearly his moment.
4. "Don't" (2014)
Chase covered the Ed Sheeran song "Don't" in 2014. Chase has often been compared to Sheeran because of his singer/songwriter abilities and signature red hair. In an AXS interview, Chase talked about being compared to both Sheeran and Jason Mraz. He told the magazine:
"It’s a huge honor, because all of them are insanely talented. To have people say, 'You remind me of somebody that’s so talented,' that’s a huge compliment."
He also said he would love to collaborate with Sheeran. If he wins AGT, he could probably make that happen.
5. "What Is Love" (2016)
Chase has been making music and releasing singles since before his big America's Got Talent break. He released the original single "What Is Love" in 2016 and even made a music video for the song.
6. "Christina" (2016)
After the tragic death of singer Christina Grimmie in 2016, Chase wrote an original song to honor her called "Christina." The song is a touching tribute to a talent that was taken from the world too soon. The lyrics are sweet and personal; Chase sings:
"Would you take me under your wing? Would you be my guardian angel? Could you guide me through this life? Can I stay by your side? Christina... You were so talented and beautiful too, the earth was never worthy of having you."
7. "California" (2016)
Chase released the original love song "California" from his second EP Jaded. The sweet tune is part of his steadily growing repertoire of original music.
8. Vines (2016)
Chase is a millennial at heart and used the social media platform Vine to grow his fan base. On Vine, Chase sang such popular hits as "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, "Stitches" by Shawn Mendes, "Take Me To Church" by Hozier, and many other pop hits.
9. "A Capella" (2016)
Before the song earned him a golden buzzer, Chase released an official music video for his song "A Capella." America's Got Talent has propelled the song, and Chase, to new audiences, but it didn't originate on the show.
All of this proves that Chase's journey to America's Got Talent has been a long one, but worth it now that he has this audience of support. The show has elevated the singer to new heights and, no matter the end result, now the world's his stage.