Let’s face it, even the most highly successful music artist had to start somewhere! Every performer, singer, songwriter, or musician likely began pursuing their dream after being moved by a real-life experience.
Plenty of artists got their start after attending their first concert, while others found their passion following the purchase of their first full-length album. Some artists even had to climb the ranks, oddly enough, by digging ditches for extra cash to find their way to playing on stage in front of thousands of people. Meanwhile, others have stood in giant crowds to see bands play on stage before ever hitting the road on their own.
After paying his dues and learning the ins and outs of the business, though, country superstar Lee Brice has been able to make a career out of what he loves to do! And, he can now reflect on his journey and see how far he has come.
Luckily, for readers Music Mayhem has decided to go back to where it all began for Brice, and find out some of the biggest moments that have helped shape him into who he is today!
Check out these cool first-time experiences that have made an impact on Brice throughout his life.
First concert attended as a fan: Probably a gospel concert in a church growing up.
First musical inspiration: My aunt Henrietta. She was a piano player, and she’s still got that soul today.
First musical memory: Sitting down at my grand-momma’s piano when I was two, three. I don’t know how young I was, but I just remember piddling around and kind of knowing what was right and what was wrong. That’s definitely an early [memory]!
First show I’ve ever played: It was probably at my daddy’s big Christmas party, which was probably about 20 people, for his power and light company. I played a little “Christmas in Dixie” Alabama song, and I thought it was like the biggest thing in the world. I was like 11.
First celebrity/musician crush: I would say Kelly Kapowski. You know what I’m talking about! Saved By The Bell? Come one now.
First job: My first job was digging ditches for my daddy – 20 dollars a ditch.
First song you’ve ever written or released: The first song I ever wrote was a song called “Friends.” I was 10 years old. The first song I ever released was a song called “She Ain’t Right.”
First date: It would’ve been in Sumter, South Carolina, at the movie theater, and I’m not sure but it might’ve been the “Titanic” that was playing. And then maybe Applebee’s because that’s about all we had in Sumter.
First time you felt you made it: There were a few times when I was like “man, this is so special,” but when I got to play the Ryman for the first time, that was kind of like “well, we’ve arrived.”