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Lee Brice Discusses Hits “One Of Them Girls” and “Memory I Don’t Mess With”

After releasing some of his biggest hits during the thick of the pandemic. Singer-songwriter Lee Brice discussed his radio sensations, “One Of Them Girls” and “Memory I Don’t Mess With” at his double number one party.

“One Of Them Girls” was one of the biggest country songs in 2020. The track had a viral moment on TikTok and became Brice’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also the lead single to his fifth studio album Hey World.

The hit also won the title of Country Song of the Year at the annual country music awards held by SESAC, BMI, and ASCAP: three performing right organizations. It was the first time in history a song achieved this impressive feat. Brice describes the nod as, “Surreal.” He adds, “It really is a big thing, a cool milestone. Just a number one is a big deal to all of us and a really big deal to me because I’m so appreciative of the people I’m able to be around and be friends with and have been for a long time.”

“One Of Them Girls,” written by Brice alongside Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, and Dallas Davidson, came together quickly. Brice got the idea in the middle of the night and wrote with the others until it was finished. He recorded it in the studio the next day. It’s fellow number one, “Memory I Don’t Mess With,” had a completely different path. Brice spoke on the track sharing, “Every now and then, there’s a gut feeling of something that you’re like, ‘This is, without a doubt, special.’” He was with songwriter Brian Davis who had sung the catchy beginning lines of the chorus. They paused, wrote the whole chorus, and then Brice let it sit while he finished making the entirety of the Hey World LP. “It was probably a year later at least. I would be on the plane listening to rough mixes of stuff I’m working on that are almost finished and I would still catch myself going, ‘I just want to hear this,’” he exclaims, referring to the work tape of “Memory I Don’t Mess With.”

To finalize the version that would land on the project, Brice brought in legendary songwriter Billy Montana, whose known for penning hits like Sara Evans’ “Suds in the Bucket,” and Jon Pardi’s “Night Shift.” Brice kind of ran into the idea for “One Of Them Girls” and made it happen, but, as he explains, “‘Memory I Don’t Mess With,’ was just one of those, we got to make sure we get this magically perfect. I wasn’t scared to wait and be patient with it.”

The latest single being blasted to radio stations across the country, “Soul,” almost didn’t land on the album. The demo Brice first heard felt otherworldly to him; it almost intimidated him, but it also wouldn’t leave his head. “It stuck with me. I couldn’t get it out of my head,” he says, “Radio, you know you got to have your own space there. If you try to do something that’s already being done, it’s really even more difficult to get something played. So when we did it the way we wanted to do it, I didn’t have a lot of reservations after that. It kind of had its own unique thing.” Brice also notes that this track is another staple of the record along with “One Of Them Girls” and “Memory I Don’t Mess With.”

This month, Brice’s Hey World is going to turn two years old. He teases a bit of what could be coming next sharing, “I got a lot of stuff recorded. I’ve also been writing a bunch to see if there’s one that pops out like ‘One Of Them Girls’ did.” For the holiday season, Brice released an aimless yet honest track this past Friday titled, “Santa Claus Was My Uber Driver.” He spoke on its backstory while laughing, “We were going to write a Christmas song, and in the process, this story happened. We wrote the truth.”

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