Starting Now marks country music vocalist Chuck Wicks’ debut album release.
Chuck Wicks, originally from Delaware, has been an RCA recording artist since 2007. His debut single, the stunning power ballad “Stealing Cinderella,” peaked at number five on the country charts and has become a staple for many contemporary wedding ceremonies throughout the country.
“Stealing Cinderella” is told from the perspective of a young man who went to his girlfriend’s house to ask her father’s permission to marry her; it is there that the man comes to a startling realization and sees how important the daughter is to the father, who in return perceives him as somebody who is stealing Cinderella.
According to the Country Standard Time, Wicks’ “Stealing Cinderella” went on to become the fastest-rising single for a new country act in 2007. Thanks to the success of his debut single, which helped validate him in the eyes of the music industry, Wicks has gained a huge fan base, as well as the admiration and respect of his peers. This past summer he opened for Grammy-Award winning artist and reigning CMA male vocalist of the year Brad Paisley as part of Paisley’s Bonfires and Amplifiers Tour. His current single “All I Ever Wanted” is a fun, uptempo love song with a catchy beat, in which the protagonist reveals all the things he has in mind in an effort to gain the company and love of his significant other.
In “When You’re Single,” Wicks weighs the advantages and disadvantages of solitary living. He realizes that he would trade it all to have his significant other back. “What If You Stay,” my personal favorite cut of the album, is a slow, heartfelt ballad that gives the lucky listener the exclusive opportunity to scrutinize the control and range in Wicks’ voice. This is a song that would make a great choice for the next single.
Particularly impressive about Wicks’ craft is that he is not only a gifted vocalist. He also serves as an instrumentalist who plays acoustic guitar on this record, as well as songwriter who has either written or co-written 10 of the 11 songs featured on this album, showcasing his versatility as an artist. Wicks, unlike most contemporary artists who are played on mainstream country radio today, blends traditional country sounds on this album and simultaneously fulfills the entertainment needs of both neotraditionalist and modern country music fans.
The title track, “Starting Now,” is yet another catchy melody with vivid imagery depicting the steps the protagonist is willing to take in an effort to rectify and correct the wrongs he made in his life to ultimately reconcile with his significant other.
However, Wicks saves the album’s best cut for last. “Man of The House” is a poignant and melancholic song about the sacrifices a 10-year-old boy makes as he takes on the role of patriarch in the household, while his father has gone away to war. “Man of the House” really tugs at the heartstrings since it’s told from the perspective of the child.
Overall, Starting Now is a substantial indication that Chuck Wicks has recorded and co-written an emotionally potent album with flawless lyrics, raising the standards of modern country music. In an album consisting predominantly of love songs, Wicks handles the subject matter with much delicacy and sentimentalism. Although Tennessee is gaining more and more country stars, Chuck Wicks stands out as one of Nashville’s most promising.