大ヒットドラマ「glee」へサム・エヴァンス役として出演し世界中にファンを持つChord Overstreetによるオルタティブ・ポップ・バンドプロジェクト。2018年「Carried Away」、2019年にEP「MAN ON THE MOON」リリースし本格始動する。
Elvis Presleyを主としてMarvin Gaye, The Beach Boys, The Policeなどから影響を受け、新しいサウンドながら80sテイストを感じるどこか懐かしい雰囲気が病みつきとなる楽曲を発表している。ドラマ「glee」で幾度となく披露しファンを魅了した歌声も健在だ。
父は、グラミー賞も受賞したカントリーシンガー Paul Overstreet、「Tonight Tonight」の大ヒットで知られるHot Chelle Raeの Nash Overstreet を兄として持つ音楽一家の中で育った。
「glee」出演後、音楽のキャリアに集中するため、多くのテレビ出演のオファーを断念。そして2016年にNick Jonas、Demi Lovatoらが設立した「Island Records」と契約する。gleeの共演者であり親友でもあったCory Monteithに捧げる楽曲としてリリースされた「Hold On」は、2億1600万再生、リリックビデオは2億800万再生の記録を更新中。2018年に独立しOVERSTREETとしての作品をリリースしている。ARIZONAやJake Millerなどのアーティストと楽曲制作も行っている。
Chord Overstreet has a ’50s pin-up style in a 2020 setting. He perches on the edge of a coffee counter like a classic Hollywood icon in a diner scene – blond hair flopping over chiseled cheeks, a few rings decorating his fingers, and a varsity-style sports jacket on his back. His story, his perspective, and his demeanor, however, is wise beyond this ageless exterior. Chord has seen a lot of life, and he has finally found an outlet in which to share his take on it all. That’s why he introduced his no-holds-barred Alt-Pop project, OVERSTREET, with MAN ON THE MOON – EP in 2019. It’s the state he found himself in, alone on a pedestal of his own making, figuring out the world below. The EP is a collection of songs he can live out his frontman fantasies to. It’s the sweet spot between ’80s romanticism, old R&B, and millennial Electropop. And it’s just the beginning.
In Nashville, Chord came from legendary stock. His father is luminary songwriter and #1 hitmaker Paul Overstreet, whose famous songs include “When You Say Nothing At All” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” Chord was a middle child among six, and all his siblings played instruments. He, too, grew up learning how to play everything, including guitar, which is like an extra limb to him now. But as far as his outward ambitions, he wanted to be a sporting hero. Yet, at the same time, he walked in his dad’s shadows.
Musically he was obsessed with Glen Campbell and Elvis. To this day, Elvis is his biggest inspiration. “My dad had this big stereo system in our basement and every Elvis CD. So I would go down there as a four-year-old all-day, listen to, and memorize every song. I’d go around the house dressed up like Elvis, slicking my hair back.” Alongside classic acts such as The Band, America, Marvin Gaye, and Sam Cooke, young Chord was getting an education in real songwriting. But Elvis was something else entirely: the full package. “He’s a symbol. There’s no agenda when you’re listening to his music. You check out of reality. You’re not listening to his story. You’re not even thinking about that.”
In LA, Chord was a jobbing actor, but outside of auditions he was experiencing a lot of firsts, and that gave him something to write about. “Moving to LA was about risk and nerve. I didn’t know what I was doing. I was living on my own for the first time, meeting new people – had never had a girlfriend before, smoking, drinking. I was a good kid up ‘til then. It was like jumping off a cliff and my writing changed. I started writing these heavy heartbreak things and they evolved.”
It’s taken so long for Chord to find his own voice because he was so good at building a repertoire, adapting to other styles, especially when he scored the role of “Sam Evans” on FOX’s acclaimed musical series Glee, beating out 40,000 other people. At the time he only had $200 left in his bank account. He was also wildly skeptical of Glee. “There’s no fucking way! Over my dead body,” he says, remembering his initial thoughts watching the show on TV with his sisters. He describes his five years on the show now as “college.” He became technically more astute, but at the same time – he was even further confused about who he was as a singer-songwriter. The show’s actors were all signed via Glee with Columbia Records, and Chord was sending demos to Rob Stringer, head of the label. “Now looking back, I can’t believe I was sending them this horrible music,” he laughs. “I wouldn’t do that now.”
After Glee he received more TV opportunities, but turned them down to focus on music. “I had been doing the show since I was 20. You change a lot between 20 and 26. I didn’t have much life experience outside of that, so I really didn’t have much to say. Three or four weeks into being free from not working, I got a girlfriend for 18 months who gave me a marriage ultimatum. She was nuts but with that came so much material.”
Chord struck a deal with Island Records in 2016 and wrote “Hold On” – now certified PLATINUM – which he dedicated in honor of his friend and Glee costar Cory Monteith. It aired in the series finale of The CW’s Vampire Diaries and has racked up 175 MILLION+ streams on Spotify; 44 MILLION+ streams on Apple Music; and 204 MILLION+ lyric video views on YouTube, but that’s all come through Chord’s hustling.The label didn’t support him. “I produced, wrote, and did it all with my buddy back home in Nashville and got it all synced.”
Chord continued to build his catalog, writing an acoustic Folk-inspired, TREE HOUSE TAPES – EP in 2017. He played a small acoustic tour. But his ambitions were bigger, and he needed to align himself with people who shared his vision. “I wanted to put on a Rock show. I wanted to communicate my stories with a fun layer – something I could rock out to.”
As Chord continues to prove himself with cuts like ARIZONA’s “Problems” and Jake Miller’s “NIKES,” plus new singer-songwriter ballad, “What You Need,” he’s also pushing the envelope as an evolving artist with OVERSTREET. Its references run the gamut from The Beach Boys and The Police, to The Beatles and Aerosmith.
In 2018, he left Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato’s imprint on Island Records, Safehouse. Now releasing music independently, his songs are stacked and ready to go. Dropping a fresh batch of ear candy since late last year, OVERSTREET has turned heads with “dirty-danceable” (Nashville Lifestyles) breakout “My Ex” – praised by E! News as being able to “take you back to the ’80s in the best way possible.”
Fusing confessional roots with propulsive energy in vulnerable tracks “For A Heartache,” “Die,” and “Addicted,” OVERSTREET is letting loose this “Summertime.” Sizzling with a “fun, nostalgic song” (Access Hollywood), the sun-kissed bop bounces with retro electric guitar licks and a signature whistled melody. “There’s a bunch of fun, little lines in there – I just wanted to have a ton of summer visuals. Something that everybody can pull their windows down and drive to.”
Chord is a songwriter first and a frontman second, but OVERSTREET is a vehicle he envisions he can use like Jack Antonoff uses Bleachers. It’s way more fun than being on a stage alone. “Music doesn’t have any boundaries, you can put whatever color you want, whether Country, Rock, Pop. I’ve always hated that you have to pick one genre. You’re limiting what you can do,” he reasons of his desire to keep exploring all of his musical flourishes. With his new found independence, Chord has everything to play for, and he’s finally able to tell his own stories, while retaining that Elvis mystique. He’s modern, he’s classic, he’s here to stay.