Lee Brice Celebrates Sixth No. 1, “Rumor” With Co-Writers Ashley Gorley And Kyle Jacobs

Pictured (L-R): Jon Stone, Penny Gattis, Enzo DeVincenzo, Ashley Gorley, Beth Brinker, Lee Brice, Shannan Hatch, Kyle Jacobs, Ryan Beuschel, Dan Frizsell, Janine Ebach, Chris Van Belkom. Photo: Steve Lowry

Lee Brice celebrated his sixth No. 1 single, with “Rumor,” on Monday (Sept. 9) at Nashville’s The Sutler Saloon. SESAC-affiliated Brice co-wrote the track alongside ASCAP writers Ashley Gorley and Kyle Jacobs during a 2015 writers retreat in Florida. Brice and Jacobs also served as co-producers on the song, with Dan Frizsell and Jon Stone.

ASCAP and SESAC hosted the No. 1 party, led by ASCAP’s Beth Brinker and SESAC’s Shannan Hatch. Among those honoring the hit were Curb Records founder/owner Mike Curb. “This guy is a producer,” Curb said of Brice. “Maybe I shouldn’t say this, but he should have his own record company. His [productions] sound like those Stax records that last forever.”

“Rumor” has also been certified Platinum by the RIAA and earned more than 300 million streams worldwide. Others in attendance included Curb/Word’s Janine Ebach and Colt Murski, Round Hill’s Penny Gattis, Combustion’s Chris Van Belkom, Warner Chappell’s Ryan Beuschel, MusicRow Magazine’s Sherod Robertson, Country Radio Broadcasters’ RJ Curtis, and Curb Records’ RJ Meacham and Ryan Dokke.

Pictured (L-R): Jon Stone, Ashley Gorley, Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Dan Frizsell. Photo: Steve Lowry

“Ashley has got the ‘Dixie dust,’ the magic, and this thing you can’t really find anywhere else except him,” Brice said of Gorley. “Writing this song, I could never have asked for this to be written with anyone else other than these two guys. And Kyle, we are soul brothers.

“Y’all being here makes us feel special,” Brice added. “This song starts right here on this stage, and there are so many qualities in these guys on this stage that made the song what it is,” he added, referring to his co-writers and co-producers.

“Rumor” is a chart-topper at country radio, but the track is also steadily moving up the Adult Contemporary Songs chart, currently sitting inside the Top 20. “We might be doing this again soon for the A/C charts,” said Curb.


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