ABOUT THE ARTIST
Scott McMillen is a country music singer/songwriter who splits his time between the Washington DC area and Nashville, TN. Scott performs acoustic shows and with his backup band, The Chase. Scott's shows feature both crowd-favorite, high-energy covers and his original songs. Scott performs songs by today's popular country artists as well as country music's all-time greats.
Scott, a native of West Virginia, first got an appreciation for country music at an early age when his family moved Nashville, TN, for his father to pursue his own music career. Before his family ultimately moved back to West Virginia, Scott learned by example, watching his dad write songs and earn a living as Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russel’s band leader, bass player, and tour manager.
Scott credits his dad for teaching him how to sing, play guitar, and entertain a crowd. In fact, Scott has memories of his dad pulling him up on stage to sing when Scott was as young as four years old. With his dad as an early influencer, it’s no surprise Scott grew up on classic country music by artists like Merle Haggard and Keith Whitley. Scott was later heavily influenced by The Eagles, Alabama, Garth Brooks, and Brooks and Dunn, and that country rock sound comes through in Scott’s live shows.
After high school, Scott enlisted in the Army and started a family. Although music took a backseat to his new life, he instilled a love of music in his daughters by playing and singing with them as often as possible.
Scott rediscovered his passion for singing and songwriting in 2012 while on deployment to Afghanistan, where he often played for his buddies around the campfire at night. Since returning home, Scott has been performing for wider audiences in both Nashville and the Washington DC area. Although he’s left the Afghanistan campfire behind, Scott still has a way of making his audiences feel like they are guests at his home, listening to him play around his own backyard fire pit.
In 2017, Scott began writing songs with the Nashville-based Wimberley publishing company. More recently, Scott started performing with his backup band, The Chase, bringing an even higher level of energy to his live shows.
ABOUT THE CHASE
Drums and Back-Up Vocals
Longtime fixture on the Fredericksburg music scene, Big Rob Ralston is an original member of The Chase.
Lin Shay plays lead guitar for Scott McMillen & The Chase.
Bass and Back-Up Vocals
Junior Syrkes plays bass guitar and provides back-up vocals to Scott McMillen & The Chase.
Guitar, Mandolin, and Dobro
Jon Wiley, a native of Fredericksburg, VA, plays guitar, mandolin, and dobro. Jon's musical influences include "literally any style of music except for polka and Cyndi Lauper’s song ‘True Colors.’"
Jon has been playing music professionally since 2012, and since then has performed in 36 states and 7 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Familiar with the worlds of Rock, Blues, Jazz, RnB, Hip Hop, and Country music, Jon can be seen performing with acts such as Stephen Kellogg and Melodime, both of which feature Jon in their recorded discography. He has shared the stage with an eclectic group of musicians such as Ron Holloway (Dizzy Gillespie, Gov’t Mule), Sister Hazel, and Kevin Mac. He is also involved as an instructor with MusiCorps, a music program for veterans and active duty military members based at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. With the MusiCorps band he has performed with artists such as Aloe Blacc at the Democratic National Convention, and at the Grand Ole Opry, being joined by guests such as Trace Atkins, Mark Wills, and Paul Shaffer. Jon performs regularly with Melodime, Kevin Mac, and Scott McMillen & The Chase.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
In Scott's Words...
About the time I started putting together a back up band, I had just written "Storm Chaser" with friends of mine, Kelly and Troy of Carvin Walls. The song reminded me that each one of us is chasing something in our lives, whether it's love, success, dreams, whatever it might be, we're no different. And so, "The Chase" seemed like the right name for a group of guys out here with me chasing a dream.