Though he has only been an active country performer since 2007, Lee Brice has become a well-recognized name in country music. Born in 1979 in Sumter, South Carolina, Brice learned to play the piano, began singing in church, and started writing his own songs as a child. In high school, he won three different talent contests. Though he played football in college, after suffering from an arm injury, he chose to focus on a career in country music. In 2007, he started working as a songwriter with artists like Jason Aldein, Keith Gattis and Cowboy Crush. He co-wrote the popular single “More Than a Memory” for Garth Brooks that year. The same year, he also signed with Curb Records and released his first single, “She Ain’t Right.”
“She Ain’t Right” peaked at Number Twenty-Nine on the country charts and was followed by “Happy Endings” and “Upper Middle Class White Trash,” both of which also made it to the Top 50. “Love Like Crazy,” his fourth single, was released in 2009 and climbed its way into the Top 10. A year later, it was still a charted song and became the longest-charting song in the country chart’s history. “A Woman Like You” and “Hard to Love” were his first two Number One hits.
Brice has been nominated for four awards, including the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for “Love Like Crazy,” and CMT Music Award’s USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for the same song. In 2012, he was also nominated for the New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards.
Brice’s first two studio albums made it into the Top 10 on the U.S. Country charts. Hard 2 Love, his second album, also peaked at the Number Five spot on the U.S. charts. On those CDs, both of the title tracks, “Love Like Crazy” and “Hard to Love,” have been certified Gold. His single “A Woman Like You” has also been certified Platinum.