Lee Brice Eyes Kenny Chesney’s ‘Seven Days’
If Kenny Chesney doesn’t release ‘Seven Days‘ from his ‘Hemingway’s Whiskey’ album to radio, Lee Brice promises he will. The ‘Love Like Crazy‘ singer is one of the song’s three songwriters — along with Billy Montana and Jon Stone — and is confident the song is a smash.
“It’s on Chesney’s new record and he’s about to put it out on the radio,” Lee tells The Boot. “It is really exciting. If he doesn’t put it on the radio, though, I’ll put it on my next record!”
Lee’s had great success as a songwriter, most notably when Garth Brooks took ‘More Than a Memory‘ to the top of the charts. “I’m flattered and appreciative and honored when somebody else records my song, like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw or Kenny Chesney,” Lee says. “It’s a great feeling, but it’s not as good as when I’m singing the song, because it’s never happened. I didn’t write ‘Love Like Crazy.’ Hopefully ‘Beautiful Every Time‘ goes Top 10. If it does, that will be my first time writing a song and singing it, which is what I’m here to do. If that happens, it will be better!”
Don’t misunderstand, though, Lee isn’t looking a gift horse in the mouth. “I won’t not be appreciative of everybody cutting my songs, even if it is Garth Brooks or George Strait, but there’s nothing better than writing songs to sing them,” he clarifies.
The South Carolina native didn’t get into music just to be a songwriter, he’s got his eye on a bigger prize. “I’ve been doing this since I was 10 years old, and back then I didn’t write songs to be a songwriter,” he explains. “I hadn’t even heard that word. I wrote songs to sing them. I was an artist, so I was just writing myself stuff. That’s what I’m doing for my next record. It’s going to be cool.”
Lee is now gearing up for the Higher Education tour with Jerrod Niemann, kicking off March 10 in Columbia, Mo. The show runs through April 28, ending in Live Oak, Fla. Find a full list of their tour dates here.
After that, Lee heads out on this year’s Country Throwdown tour with Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Brantley Gilbert and Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real. That trek starts May 27 in Philadelphia, Pa. and runs through July. Get dates and cities here.