SOURCE: Pendleton Round-Up

May 10, 2016 13:00 ET

Chart-Topping Country Star Lee Brice to Kickoff Happy Canyon's Centennial Week

PENDLETON, OR--(Marketwired - May 10, 2016) - Country music sensation and winner of the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards' Single Record of the Year, Lee Brice will headline the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon kick-off concert on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Singer, songwriter, and producer, Brice is known for his award-winning hits "I Don't Dance" and "I Drive Your Truck," which won Song of the Year in 2014 and 2015, respectively, at both the ACM and Country Music Association Awards. The song "Love Like Crazy" -- the title track to his 2009 debut album -- not only reached number three on the Billboard Country Music Chart, but also set the record for the longest run in history for Hot Country Songs, charting for an outstanding 55 weeks.

"I had success as a writer before I had success as an artist," says Brice, "so there's a misconception that I was a songwriter first and then started to sing my own songs later. But all along, I've really always been writing for myself. When I started writing songs at 10 years old, it was because I wanted to sing them, and when I came to Nashville, I came to be a songwriter and a singer. It's all one thing to me."

Amidst his rise to stardom in the country music world, Brice has gained recognition for writing hit songs for fellow country artists such as Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw. Brice most notably composed Brooks' 2007 smash hit "More Than a Memory," which became the first single in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart to debut at number one. Soon after, Brice was signed by Curb Records in Nashville to record his first solo album. Immediately garnering a loyal following, he sold out his first headlining show at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, where he was met with six standing ovations over his 50-minute set.

"This year marks the centennial of Happy Canyon and we're excited to celebrate this momentous occasion by partnering with an inspiring country music icon and host a great concert to enjoy with friends and family," said Happy Canyon President JJ Spriet.

According to Bill Levy, president of the Pendleton Round-Up Association, "The Happy Canyon concert is always a memorable event for our fans and this year will not only raise the bar for future events, but also set the stage for an exciting week of festivities."

The Sept. 10 concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Happy Canyon Arena. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on June 16. Find tickets at www.pendletonroundup.com or by calling 1-800-45-RODEO.

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