Lee Brice is an award-winning, hit-making country singer and songwriter. Over the course of his 14-year career in the music business, Brice has landed seven singles at the top of the chart. However, he doesn’t just record hits, he also writes them. Brice co-penned Garth Brook’s “More Than a Memory,” with Billy Montana and Kyle Jacobs. It was the first single to debut at the top of the country chart. In short, if you haven’t heard of Lee, you’re missing out.
Lee Brice stopped by the Outsider studio to tell Marty Smith about his football career at Clemson, his journey to the top of the country music charts, and more.
Highlights from Lee Brice’s Conversation with Marty Smith
Marty Smith and Lee Brice started their chat by talking about football. Marty wanted to know all about Brice’s time at Clemson. He took Marty all the way back to his small-town high school days. You can listen to the whole episode to hear the story. However, there are a couple of points that really stand out.
First, Lee Brice’s father got recruited to play for Clemson. However, he wasn’t able to take the offer. So, when Lee got the offer to try out, he jumped on it. Before he did, his high school coach told him that he was too small and too slow to play for the Tigers. This only added fuel to his fire.
Later, Lee Brice talked about his time at Clemson. At one point, snapping the ball eroded the cartilage in his right elbow. He had to go through surgery to repair his arm. However, he didn’t just want to sit around and heal up. Instead, he used what would have been his downtime to learn to snap and throw the ball with his left hand.
After his football career ended, Lee Brice took his drive and determination to Nashville.
Lee Goes to Nashville
Early in the conversation, Lee Brice told Marty that he started making music at an early age. Brice was writing songs, playing guitar, singing, recording, and producing songs before he could drive. He continued to nurture his musical flame throughout his life. Finally, during his third year of playing with Clemson, he decided to visit Music City. He immediately knew that he had found his calling.
Lee Brice famously co-penned “More Than a Memory,” and Garth Brooks made it a huge hit. Originally, Brice wanted it for his own album. One day, Garth called him. He heard the song and wanted to cut it. Brice said he wasn’t sure. Then, Garth told him he wanted to release it as the lead single off his album Ultimate Hits. That changed his mind instantly. However, if you want to hear Lee tell the whole hilarious story, you’ll have to tune in to the full episode.