COUNTRY: United States
GROUP: MARK WILLS, LADY ANTEBELLUM
A native of Marion, Illinois, Brice got his first drum kit at the age of four. Born into a musical family, he got started sitting in with his dad’s country band at a young age. In high school, Brice was ranked as one of the top two Jazz drummers by the Illinois Music Educators Association. Brice moved on to study at Nashville’s premier music school, Belmont University, where he studied with one of his childhood idols Chester Thompson. He was a member of the Country Ensemble “Southbound” Jazz Small Group and Belmont’s prestigious Big Band. It was also during this time that Brice was the recipient of the Larrie Londin Memorial Scholarship from The Percussive Arts Society. Brice has toured and/or recorded with Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Mark Wills, Sawyer Brown, Luke Bryan, Josh Kelley, Tyler Hilton, Andy Griggs, Todd Sansom, Brittini Black, Lance Miller, Kevin Sharp, Brian McComas, Lionel Cartwright, Linda Davis, Cowboy Crush, Curtis Peoples, and High Road.
Brice played on Lady Antebellum’s self-titled album which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Charts and #4 on Billboard Pop Album Charts, and is approaching 3x’s Platinum in sales. The album spawned a number of top ten hits including their first single “Love Don’t Live Here” which reached #3 on Billboards Country Charts. He played on Lady A’s “I Was Here” from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games Soundtrack. Brice also played on Lady A’s Christmas release of “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. In 2009, “Love Don’t Live Here” was nominated for a Grammy. Brice can currently be heard on the new Andy Griggs album. It’s first single “Can I Get An Amen” hits Country radio in 2011. He is also on new albums from Todd Sansom and award winning CCM duo High Road.
Brice is currently balancing time working in Nashville as a session drummer and touring with Mark Wills who’s hit “19 Something” was the second most played song of the last decade. In November 2010 Brice was a featured artist clinician at PASIC 2010 in Indianapolis.
Brice has the great honor of endorsing the products he has played and loved since he was a kid – Pearl Drums, SABIAN Cymbals, Regal Tip Sticks and Aquarian Drumheads.
Q & A
BORN IN (city): Pinckneyville, IL
LIVES IN (city): Mt. Juliet, TN
DRUMMING SINCE (year): 1984
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): Mark Wills
BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Brian Prout, Chester Thompson, Dave Weckl, Lonnie Wilson
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: “Lady Antebellum”, Lady Antebellum
FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN¹T PLAY ON: “Hot House”, Bruce Hornsby
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Playing on a multi-platinum selling album.
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 14″ HHX Groove Hats or 18″ HHX O-zone Crash