Rice began playing the guitar at age 8, encouraged by his parents whose record collection of Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and The Band would leave a lasting impression. He was 16 when he first performed in public and his gravel voice was to come as a surprise. Still in high school, he recorded his first EP, Heart in Mind. He then headed to New York - on September 10, 2001.
After working 13 jobs in 9 months, while playing clubs on the Lower East Side, Rice's luck changed when he was signed by Warner Bros./Reprise Records. Determined that he would only release his album after building up a live fanbase, he began touring with such artists as Starsailor, Rachel Yamagota, The Cardigans, Ray Lamontagne, Maroon 5, Gomez and Martha Wainwright.
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