Recently signed to ONEprm, rising singer-songwriter Chance Peña continues to find success with his two recent singles, “In My Room,” and “Bleeding Out.” Today, he shares another new track from his forthcoming body of work, “Highs and Lows.”
“Highs and Lows” is about “unconditional love, without any expectation of anything in return.” Written with Chance’s friend Haydn Hubers, aka Hayd, during a spur-of-the-moment writing session, the song begins as a sparse folk song before breaking into a rousing, emphatic chorus: “I hope you know that my heart is steady,” Chance sings. The song’s lyrics are a testament to Chance’s unadorned, heart-on-sleeve writing style, mirroring the way he chooses to live his life. “That’s one of my core beliefs, in romantic relationships or friendships or family, or even work relationships – I’m gonna treat you the way I wanna be treated. My heart’s not fickle.”
Having writing credits that include John Legend’s Grammy-winning single “Conversations in the Dark,” it’s no surprise that “In My Room” is over 100 million in total consumption, including almost 90 million streams on Spotify, 3 million on Apple, 1.7 million on Amazon and 89,000 on Pandora, with over 8 million video views on YouTube and 2 million creates on TikTok. “In My Room was an accident in the most beautiful way. It’s this story of heartbreak, someone you love leaving you for something better, and you’re just left there picking up the pieces trying to figure out what went wrong,” shares Peña. “When it came out, I honestly didn’t know if it was any good, I had worked on it, producing, recording parts, for hours and hours on end so by the time it was coming out I was numb to it. Looking back, that song changed my life and I love it for what it is. Musically it’s one of my favorites I’ve done, and I got to play my great grandma’s lap steel on it. Lyrically it’s a piece of a moment that never existed yet resonates more than it should.”
A Tyler, Texas, native and now 23, Peña first burst onto the music scene in 2015 by making coach Adam Levine’s team on season nine of The Voice as a 15-year-old prodigy. At 17, Chance signed a publishing deal with Secret Road, ultimately culminating in the opportunity to co-write “Conversations in the Dark” with three high-profile writers, including Gregg Wattenberg, which led the song to be pitched to John Legend. It became the lead single on Legend’s 2020 Bigger Love album, which went on to win a Grammy for best R&B album and also earned Peña a gold record. The budding superstar also experienced early sync success with his song “Up Up and Away” landing a spot in the 2019 drama Five Feet Apart.
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