‘Catch of the Day’ – Lee Brice – “Boy” [VIDEO]
Today we feature another of the growing list of country artists who played college sports. And as a songwriter, he posted a first in music history, also becoming one of the very few songwriters to be honored by having his songs named the number one song of the year, for two consecutive years.
Lee Brice began songwriting while still in elementary school, also singing and playing piano in church. He began entering talent contests while in high school, winning several, but still music wasn't his main focus. He was offered a football scholarship to Clemson university where he played on special teams and as the long-snapper, until an arm injury forced him ended his football career, forever changing his focus and leading him down the road to Nashville.
Brice was 27 when he began to find success as a songwriter. In 2007 he landed cuts on albums by Jason Aldean and Cowboy Crush, drawing the attention of songwriters Billy Montana and Kyle Jacobs. The trio would collaborate on a song that would find its way to Garth Brooks, who was working on a new box set and looking for a few songs to record and be included on the project. When Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Hits was released in November of 2007, it would be lead by Brooks' 51st single "More Than A Memory" co-written by Montana, Jacobs and Brice, and the song would become the first single in country music history to DEBUT at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart. After dropping to #10 by it's third week, the song would rebound and repeak at #2. It would be Brook's 19th career #1, and his first since 1998's "To Make You Feel My Love".
Curb Records came calling on Brice in 2007. The label that featured Tim McGraw signed the songwriter that year and sent him into the studio to work on his debut album. Brice's debut single, "She Ain't Right" peaked at #29, while two follow-up releases failed to crack the top-30. The album, Pictures of Me, was held back by the label, and to this day has not seen a release. Brice would continue to write for other artists, and in 2007 appeared with Ray Stevens and Cletus T. Judd on the parody single "Turn The Radio On".
In 2009, Brice released his fourth single, "Love Like Crazy" in August of 2009. In July of 2010, the song climbed to #10, setting the record for the slowest climb to the top-10 by any country single, at 46 weeks. By September, the song peaked at #3, setting the mark for most consecutive weeks on the Billboard Country singles chart at 56 weeks. Both of the marks would later be eclipsed by William Michael Morgan's 2015 release "I Met A Girl". The slow climb up the chart earned Brice the #1 slot on the 2016 year-end chart, making it the first single in history to score the #1 spot, without actually hitting the top of any weekly chart. In 2011, the honor of the number 1 spot would go to the Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl", which was written by Brice, making him only the second songwriter in the Billboard era to score the #1 spot on the year-end chart to land the #1 two years in a row (the first being Jamey Johnson in 2007 and 2008).
As a performer, Brice has released 3 albums on the Curb label, landing 8 top-10 hits and 4 #1's. He just announced the November release of his 4th album, a self-titled project, and we have the lead single from this upcoming album in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Lee Brice and "Boy" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.
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