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Lee Brice

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

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