Remember the old song: “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” performed by George Jones back in 1985? Well, who knew then, there would be so many shoe-fillers to come onto Music Row?
Today, we have the likes of Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean just to name a few – and you have even more recent newcomers making their mark and a name for themselves. Such is the case with Lee Brice!
You might say Brice has been songwriting his way to the top… with cuts by recording artists from Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney, to Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. Now however, it is most definitely Brice’s turn to follow in the footsteps and “fill the shoes” of those who came before him – who were not only songwriters, but true artists.
Think of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Skip Ewing, and the many others who have combined writing their own songs with their own performances, and you see the shoes are pretty big to fill.
But Lee Brice should NOT be worried. With a voice that can carry both smooth and edgy with a passionate delivery, who is NOT going to listen to that? And his songwriting ability is top notch! Just ask those who are recording his songs.
Want a little example? His song “More Than A Memory” recorded by Garth Brooks (and according to Wikipedia), when on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated for September 15, 2007, became the first song (and only song to date) to debut at No. 1 in the history of that chart. Can we say “Wow!” boys and girls?
Couple that, with fact his latest single “A Woman Like You” (hitting the top of the Billboard Chart by the way) appeals to any woman who is or ever has been in love – and suffice to say – he can do no wrong now ;-).
It also can’t hurt that the ACM (Academy of Country Music) recently awarded him with “Song of the Year” for his song “Crazy Girl”, (performed by the Eli Young Band).
So Brice’s journey into the limelight is upon him. And he is indeed, doing a great job filling the shoes of the great singing/songwriting artists who came before him.
Rock on Lee! (or should we say: “Country on!” 😉 )