Jesse Rice is an award-winning writer and artist whose work has taken home ACM, AMA, CMA, Billboard, BMI, SESAC and Trop Rock Music Awards. Most recently, this Billboard Top 40 charting artist was honored to see his co-penned song A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega featured on Ashley McBryde’s Grammy nominated album Girl Going Nowhere.
Jesse, reared in the historic river town of Conway, SC about 15 minutes northwest of Myrtle Beach, moved to Music City in 2002 and began honing his songwriting skills while working at EMI Music Publishing. He would quickly network with rising artists and writers and secured his first publishing agreement in 2007 with Artist Revolution.
His first #1 came with the co-penned tune Cruise by Florida Georgia Line. It would go on to sell more than 10 million singles/downloads to receive the Diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. It would also hold the record as Billboard’s longest running #1 single for four years and took home ACM, AMA, CMA, Billboard, BMI and SESAC awards.
Jesse’s songs have been cut by Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Chase Rice, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Ashley McBryde and Colt Ford. He’s also co-written with top-talent like Lady Antebellum, Dan + Shay, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Chase Rice.
He launched the first installment of his “The Pirates Sessions” projects, The Pirate Sessions I & II, in 2012 featuring guest appearances by Florida Georgia Line and Chase Rice.
The Pirate Sessions III premiered in 2017 peaking at #5 on the iTunes Country Albums Charts. He would score a Radio A1A Trop Rock #1 with the lead single, Hangout with a Hangover. The second release, Hope Town, secured regular rotation on Sirius XM’s Radio Margaritaville. The impact of this project not only secured him a performance slot at the 2017 Trop Rock Music Awards, but also resulted in him being award the “Horizon Award” at the ceremony.
Jesse carried on The Pirate Sessions legacy launching The Pirate Sessions IV in March 2019. The project, once again, sailed Jesse inside the Top 10 on the iTunes Country Album Charts. He also notched his first solo project on the Billboard Country Album charts with a Top 40 “Hot Shot Debut” on April 1, 2019. The first release, Go Away Cloud, has spent multiple weeks at #1 on the Radio A1A charts.