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Lee Brice

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At the dawn of the 2010s, a time when mainstream country teemed with buff hunks singing party-hearty anthems, Lee Brice offered a subtler alternative. Also raised on a combination of contemporary rock and post-Garth Brooks country, Brice gravitated toward craft, not bluster. He wasn't adverse to good times -- he had a country hit in 2013 called "Parking Lot Party" -- but he specialized in heart-on-sleeve ballads like "A Woman Like You," "Hard to Love," "I Drive Your Truck," and "I Don't Dance," Top 10 country singles that showcased his supple, weathered voice and skilled song structure. The latter is what first brought him attention in Nashville -- he penned songs for Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and his idol Brooks -- but the former is what turned him into a star in the early years of the 2010s. By that point, Brice had been toiling away at a career for the better part of a decade. A native of Sumter, South Carolina, he learned how to sing at church and when he was seven, he began playing piano. Next came the guitar and by the age of 10, he had started writing his own songs, partially under the influence of his father's favorite artists, the Oak Ridge Boys and Alabama. The performing bug bit him in high school, where he won the school's talent contest for three straight years, and he started to expand his horizons, spending time listening to rock & roll but settling on Garth Brooks as his idol. In addition to music, Brice played football. He earned a scholarship to Clemson University but once he suffered an arm injury, he decided to devote himself to music. On the advice of Doug Johnson, Brice moved to Nashville where Johnson would later sign the fledgling songwriter, to a publishing contract as soon as he became an A&R man at Curb Records. Brice began placing songs with major-league artists, starting with a tune for the rock band Sister Hazel in 2006, which led to Jason Aldean recording "Not Every Man Lives" for his 2007 album Relentless, and Garth Brooks cutting "More Than a Memory" for a bonus track on 2007's The Ultimate Hits. Things were beginning to break Brice's way behind the scenes but he was having a harder time in front of the microphone. In 2007, he signed with Curb as a recording artist and cut an album called Picture of Me but none of the released singles -- "She Ain't Right," "Happy Endings," and "Upper Middle Class White Trash" -- made waves on the charts. He spent 2008 writing professionally as he retooled his own music, re-emerging in 2009 with "Love Like Crazy." He had finally hit the right formula: the single stayed on the charts for over a year, eventually reaching number three on the Billboard Country Charts on its way to platinum certification. An album, also called Love Like Crazy, showed up in June 2010 and while it wasn't a smash, the hit single laid down the foundation for a successful career. Brice returned in late 2011 with "A Woman Like You," the first single from 2012's Hard 2 Love. "A Woman Like You" became his first number one single and opened the door for the success of Hard 2 Love, which went gold on the strength of the Top 10 country singles "Hard to Love" and "I Drive Your Truck," as well as the gold single "Parking Lot Party" which peaked at 11. With this success under his belt, Brice returned with his third album, the self-produced I Don't Dance in 2014. It was preceded by the title track, which became a Top 10 country single in the summer of 2014, whetting the appetite for the record's September release. Upon its release, I Don't Dance debuted at number one on the Billboard Country charts and five on the Top 200. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
Lee Brice

    Top Country

    Top Country
    6 songs

    Country Party

    Country Party
    2 songs

    Country Love

    Country Love
    3 songs

    New Country First

    New Country First
    1 song

    Heartbreak Hotel

    2 songs

    Grammy Awards 2014

    1 song

    '00s Country

    2 songs

Albums by
Lee Brice

Top Songs by
Lee Brice

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Parking Lot Party
  3.   A Woman Like You
  4.   I Drive Your Truck
  5.   Hard to Love
  6.   Love Like Crazy
  7.   I Don't Dance
  8.   Drinking Class
  9.   That Don't Sound Like You
  10.   Beautiful Every Time
  11.   A Little More Love by Jerrod Niemann
  12.   Upper Middle Class White Trash
  13.   That's When You Know It's Over
  14.   She Ain't Right
  15.   Four on the Floor
  16.   Sirens
  17.   Beer
  18.   More Than A Memory
  19.   Show You Off Tonight
  20.   That Way Again
  21.   In The Swamp
  22.   Girls in Bikinis
  23.   Picture of Me
  24.   Always the Only One
  25.   See About a Girl
  26.   No Better Than This
  27.   Closer
  28.   Happy Endings
  29.   Seven Days a Thousand Times
  30.   Power of a Woman
  31.   My Carolina
  32.   Don't Believe Everything You Think
  33.   Whiskey Used to Burn
  34.   More My Style
  35.   Somebody's Been Drinking
  36.   Life Off My Years
  37.   Sumter County Friday Night
  38.   Long Slow Burn
  39.   These Last Few Days
  40.   Stealing Innocence
  41.   Mixtape
  42.   Friends We Won't Forget
  43.   Some Things
  44.   One More Day
  45.   Good Man
  46.   Carolina Boys
  47.   Falling Apart Together
  48.   Panama City
  49.   'Til Summer's Gone
  50.   Hard to Figure Out (The Airport Song)

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