Country star %cLee Brice% may score his first number one single when he's over 30 but he has been doing it since the tender age of 8. Born June 10, 1979 in Sumter, South Carolina, Brice learned to play the piano as a child and had his very first performance in a church. "When I was 6 or 7 is when I actually got up in front of the church and sang and played 'Oh How I Love Jesus'," he said.
"I had been playing on my own and learned a few chords and the direction of how to play, so I had known before that well enough to play with both hands and learned to actually play the piano and sing. That was when I felt like I was addicted." Ticking performance on his list, little Brice tried his hand on writing songs at the age of 8 onwards. While in high school, he entered several talent contests and won them.
Like a lot of teens, Brice was keen on football and entered Clemson University on a football scholarship. The long snapper only focused on pursuing music career when he broke his arm. His professional career was kicked off in Nashville as a songwriter to such established artists as %cJason Aldean% and %cGarth Brooks%. He co-wrote "More Than a Memory", which became Brooks' No. 1 country single in 2007.
Brice's path was thrown to Curbs Records which agreed to sign him and release his debut single "She Ain't Right". The song was doing modestly by peaking at number 29 on the country chart. A couple of other singles from his debut album, "Picture of Me", did not crack Top 10 but were enough to bring his name to a larger platform. "Picture of Me" went unreleased but Brice continued writing songs for others.
Another solo effort called "Love Like Crazy" had a better luck. Brice released the single in August 2009 and debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs. The song gained popularity, peaking at number 3 and staying at the chart for a record-breaking 56 weeks. The album, named after the first single, was released in June 2010 and peaked at number 9 on country album chart.
After a long tour, the country crooner released the sixth single in his career, "A Woman Like You", in late 2011. To his own surprise, the song performed well on the chart, becoming his first number one country hit. It was also certified gold several months after its release and a few weeks into the album's, "Hard 2 Love", release on April 24, 2012.