While Lee Brice now has musical influences ranging from Garth Brooks and Tom Petty to Whitney Houston and Ray Charles, the Sumter, South Carolina native grew up completely on gospel music. At seven years old, Brice began to teach himself how to play his aunt's old upright piano and by 10 he was writing songs, with only his gospel background and his father's Alabama and Oak Ridge Boys albums for inspiration.
In high school, his friends introduced him to genres he'd never heard before but it was around that time that Brice began to focus on football more than music. He eventually went to Clemson University and played until an injury his senior year forced him to give it up.
Throughout those years, however, Brice continued to write and perform. He even took a trip down to Nashville during spring break and met songwriter/producer Doug Johnson.
"He told me, 'Lee, I see that you love music with every bone in your body, so unless you love civil engineering as much as you love music, you need to be here. And if you do come to Nashville, I'll stand by you from the moment you get here."
Brice did come to Nashville, and Johnson kept his word. After co-writing sessions with songwriters all over town and years later, Brice released his debut album Love Like Crazy. The title track broke Eddy Arnold's record for longest run on the Billboard Country Charts, in which Arnold held since 1949 with his hit "Bouquet of Roses."
Love Like Crazy