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In the Beginning
Chasen Callahan didn’t dream of capacity crowds, label
deals and chart-topping singles when he first formed his
hooky-heavy pop/rock quartet, Chasen, a few years ago.
He simply needed some tight musical support to help
him fulfill a growing number of performance obligations.
But after issuing 2008’s independent release, Shine
Through the Stars, the group’s debut as a bona-fide band,
Callahan and crew found themselves on the fast track
to becoming a national name with two of the record’s
songs, “Crazy Beautiful” and “Drown,” each garnering top
five status at radio.
The ensuing popularity was an unexpected twist for
the homegrown outfit, and the band’s namesake was
particularly taken by surprise. “I was a worship pastor and
I was content doing that,” Callahan, a longtime worship
leader at Greeneville, South Carolina’s Marathon Church,
explains. “I was not looking for [Shine Through the Stars] to
SuRPRISed by tHeIR RuNaWay SuCCeSS, Chasen StayS gROuNded aNd keePS
MINIStRy FRONt aNd CeNteR By andrew Greer