Country singer/songwriter Lee Brice recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's Spotlight series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, Brice discussed breaking into the music business and how GRAMMY winner Garth Brooks inspired his career, among other topics. Brice also performed a brief set featuring the unreleased song "When The Whiskey Used To Burn" and two tracks from his 2012 album Hard 2 Love, "A Woman Like You" and the title track.
"I think I was 12 or 11 [when] I got my first little radio alarm clock. … I put it beside my bed and I'd listen to it at night … and I heard Garth Brooks," said Brice. "I heard these stories and I heard this voice that was like [he] was sitting right beside me, just talking to me in his songs. That really was a big deal."
Born and raised in Sumter, S.C., Brice began penning songs at age 7. After an arm injury ended his football career at Clemson University, he moved to Nashville to focus on music and landed a publishing contract with Curb Records. In his first year with Curb Brice co-wrote nearly 150 songs, including tracks for artists such as GRAMMY nominee Jason Aldean. Brice subsequently co-wrote Brooks' "More Than A Memory," which topped Billboard's Country Singles chart in 2007.
In 2010 Brice released his debut album, Love Me Like Crazy, which climbed to No. 9 on the Country Albums chart on the strength of the hit title track. Brice's sophomore effort, 2012's Hard 2 Love, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The 13-track set features eight songs co-written by Brice, including the Billboard Hot 100 hits "Hard To Love," "I Drive Your Truck" and "Parking Lot Party."
On Jan. 16, 2014, Brice will tour in support of Luke Bryan on the That's My Kind Of Night Tour, with dates scheduled through September.
Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Ed Kowalczyk — I Alone Acoustic (Dec. 9).