Lee Brice Says He’s “Blessed” to Hear that ‘I Drive Your Truck’ Speaks to So Many People

The country star performed the 2013 CMA Song of the Year at last night’s SESAC Nashville Awards in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s Day is always important to Lee Brice.

Aside from singing the annual holiday’s anthem “I Drive Your Truck,” the singer/songwriter has immediate family that has served in the military, which he and SESAC honored during the 2018 SESAC Nashville Awards last night (November 11) at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Music City.

The annual award show honored the Folds of Honor Foundation and its mission for providing educational scholarships to families of the fallen and disabled service members, and recognized Lee Brice, a SESAC affiliate, with an award for his involvement in the establishment of the Folds of Honor Nashville Chapter.

“I didn’t write ‘I Drive Your Truck,’ but from the first time I heard it, I immediately thought of my grandaddy. My grandaddy was a paratrooper; he parachuted into the Battle of The Bulge,” Brice shared with CS Country on the red carpet. “[Hearing the song] just broke me down, so I have a feeling I’m gonna get up there tonight and probably go back to that moment so I gotta try to hold it together.”

“Everyone has their own connection with the song,” he continued. “Every single day, I meet so many people who put me into perspective with my own life and make me feel so blessed to have a healthy family and a roof over my head.”

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 11: Lee Brice attends the 2018 SESAC Nashville Music Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on November 11, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SESAC) *** Local Caption *** Lee Brice

The festive event, hosted by Shannan Hatch, SESAC’s Vice President of Creative Services, honored top songwriters and publishers behind the year’s biggest hits in the genres of country and Americana. More than 500 songwriters, publishers and industry professionals attended the awards celebration, sponsored in part by W.H. Grant & Sons and Sound Royalties.

Reporting by Taylor Stanford

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