SESAC has added to its growing roster of performance rights clients in the US after signing country artist Lee Brice.
Brice joins the music rights organisation ahead of the release of his fourth studio album later this year on Curb Records.
He’s the latest in a string of prominent signings to SESAC’s roster, which include R.E.M., Rosanne Cash, Kings of Leon, Randy Newman, Axl Rose, Zac Brown, Green Day, Kesha, George Clinton, REO Speedwagon’s Kevin Cronin and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen.
In January, SESAC was acquired by private equity funds affiliated with the $35bn-valued Blackstone Group.
Brice, a songwriter, producer and vocalist who was born in Nashville, has been nominated for two Grammys, and won a CMA and ACM Award.
His back catalogue spans three albums and the latest, I Don’t Dance, hit No.1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart.
Alongside his solo work, Brice has written songs for artists including Garth Brooks (More Than A Memory), Tim McGraw (Still) and Eli Young Band (Crazy Girl).
“Lee is one of the most skilful lyricists and admired vocalists in country music. We’re very proud to welcome him to the SESAC family.”
john josephson, sesac
John Josephson, Chairman and CEO, SESAC Holding, Inc., said: “Lee is one of the most skilful lyricists and admired vocalists in country music.
“His creative versatility and wide-ranging lyrics not only resonates with his many fans but also his peers across the industry.
“We’re very proud to welcome Lee to the SESAC family.”
“John and the SESAC team are doing great things on behalf of artists and songwriters, and I’m thrilled to be part of their family of creatives.”
Brice added: “John and the SESAC team are doing great things on behalf of artists and songwriters, and I’m thrilled to be part of their family of creatives.”
Brice released his debut album Love Like Crazy in 2009 and the title track reached No.13 on the Billboard Country chart.
In 2012, its follow-up Hard 2 Love went Gold and featured three No.1 Country singles including I Drive Your Truck, which won Song of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards.
Brice recently earned his first RIAA double-Platinum certification, marking more than two million sales and streams of the title track from his latest album, I Don’t Dance.
It is his seventh consecutive certification since Love Like Crazy certified Gold in 2010.
Brice will continue to tour through the fall while writing and recording his upcoming fourth studio album.
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