Bice's career began to take shape when he worked the Southern club circuit in a number of bands, including Blue Suede Nickel, Purge and Sugar Money. Although the groups made some in-roads, his initial claim to fame came in 2005, when he finished 2nd to Carrie Underwood on FOX television's American Idol. His first release following that show, The Real Thing, yielded the chart-topping single "Inside Your Heaven" and helped Bice attain the first of his two gold record awards.
It was a hard decision to leave his mom in England, and he addressed it in "You Take Yourself With You," (a song that charted in the Top 20 on GAC's Video Countdown) from his 2010 release, 3. The album 3 was Bice's first brush with the Nashville community, and all its songs were written or co-written by Bice, with production credits by Bice and D. Scott Miller (who's worked on hits by Trace Adkins, Patty Loveless and Asleep at the Wheel, among others).
"I'm really digging the Nashville scene and where it's taking me musically," he said. "It's a little different than what I was doing on previous albums, but Nashville represents many of the things that are important to me these days." After a few health scares stemming from life on the road, Bice has changed his lifestyle and enjoyed a clean bill of health for three years. "I'm more into being a good husband and father, and giving back to others, rather than just doing what feels good at the time," he said.
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Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama