Lee Brice is a rising country star. He’s also a dedicated family man. Sometimes, it’s hard to be both.

Brice, who plays United Wireless Arena on Friday, July 7, is passionate about both.

"The best thing about touring is sharing music with the world in a live setting," Brice said in an interview with the Daily Globe. "It’s pure energy and that’s a lot of fun.

"The worst thing is being away from my family."

In fact, despite his success in music, family is his top priority.

"My biggest success to date is my family," Brice said. "I’ve got a beautiful wife, Sara, two strong, healthy and smart boys, Takoda and Ryker, and a new little girl, Trulee Nanette. It doesn’t get better than that.

"Professionally, my biggest success is the fact that I’m living my dream of writing and recording songs — for myself and others — and getting to tour the world performing."

Brice also mentioned helping with Folds of Honor, a group who supports veterans.

Part of Brice’s success as a recording artist has a lot to do with his family.

"(All of my songs) mean so much to me, but I Don’t Dance is so special," Brice said. "It was my first No. 1 that I both wrote and recorded and it even won two ACM (Academy of Country Music) awards.

"What’s most special is that I wrote it for Sara."

Released Sept. 9, 2014, I Don’t Dance debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. At the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards, he was awarded two trophies in the Single Record Of The Year category as both artist and producer of I Don’t Dance. Two weeks later, he was invited to perform Drinking Class on NBC’s The Voice. The track not only went No. 1 that week but was certified RIAA Gold, marking his second RIAA certification in less than 6 months.

Brice’s latest single, Boy, also holds special meaning for Brice as his video for the song included his father and his sons.

"I had success as a writer before I had success as an artist," Brice said. "So there’s a misconception that I was a songwriter first and then started to sing my own songs later. But all along, I’ve really always been writing for myself.

"I am inspired by everything. The outdoors, my kids, my wife and much of what I sing about."

Brice admits traveling can be a chore, but insists he and his crew try to stay healthy.

"We’re all trying to eat healthy on the road, so we tend to request greens, smoothies and protein," he said.

Brice’s next album is set for a November release.

"You’ll see the next album on Nov. 3," Brice said. "I can’t wait for you to hear it."

The show next Friday also features special guest Easton Corbin. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are still available at www.ticketmaster.com or at the United Wireless Arena box office.

 

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