Accolades continue to grow for Sumter native Lee Brice

11/08/2013 6:00 AM

11/07/2013 11:24 PM

For country music singer and Sumter native Lee Brice, the accolades continue to grow. Now, the 32-year-old also holds the reins on country Song of the Year, after "I Drive My Truck" from his latest album won the award Wednesday night at the 47th CMA awards. Despite his performance winning the award, Brice was quick to credit others for the accolades.

"This award is completely about the song and the writers," Brice said. The song, written by the team of Ben Glover, Billy Montana and John Ozier, was actually competing with "Hard 2 Love," another performance from Brice's album of the same name.

Brice said he felt the winning song, about a fallen soldier whose father still drives his truck, would connect with listeners the first time it was presented to him. "'I Drive Your Truck' blew my mind first time I heard it," he said.

Wednesday night's award ceremony was a busy one for Brice, who was also nominated for the New Artist of the Year award and presented the Vocal Duo of the Year award during the show. This also comes at a busy time in his life, as he and his wife, Sara, are expecting their second son.

And the accolades could continue to grow very soon for Brice, as he is part of four more nominations for the American Country Awards, which will be presented on Dec. 10. At that award ceremony, in which fan votes determine the winners, Brice is nominated for Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist and Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist for "I Drive Your Truck," as well as both "I Drive Your Truck" and "Hard 2 Love" being nominated for Song of the Year.

Brice will soon return to South Carolina for fans to see him. His "The Otherside Tour" will headline at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach on Friday, Nov. 29.

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