103.7 The Q's 15th Annual Little Black Dress Party with Bryce Vine
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Bryce Vine is a rapper and singer who blends pop, rap, and alternative rock influences, delivering witty, thoughtful lyrics and catchy hooks. As an independent artist, he scored an online hit with the 2014 single "Sour Patch Kids," but he made his major breakthrough when "Drew Barrymore" became a viral hit in 2018, leading up to the release of his debut full-length, Carnival, in 2019.
Bryce Vine was born Bryce Ross-Johnson in New York City on June 16, 1988. His mother, Tracey Ross, was an actress and his father, Brad Johnson, was a restaurateur. When he was ten years old, Vine moved with his mother to Los Angeles, where she pursued her career and looked after her son. In 1999, she landed a leading role on the daytime drama Passions, and her character appeared on the show until 2008. Her success allowed the family to settle in the L.A. suburb of Westlake Village, and watching his mother at work inspired young Vine to consider a career in the arts. His father shared a love of vintage R&B with his son, and when Vine was 13, his parents gave him a guitar, which he taught himself to play. In addition to '90s R&B, he was also strongly influenced by pop-punk and alternative rock, especially Green Day and Third Eye Blind.
With time, Vine honed his talents as a vocalist and writer, and he made his recording debut in 2010 with a guest appearance on G-Eazy's track "Coming Home." At the suggestion of family and friends, he auditioned for The Glee Project in 2011, a reality television series intended to recruit talent for the then-popular TV show Glee. While Vine was accepted for The Glee Project's first season, he was eliminated in the first episode; he later said he was happy with the outcome, telling a reporter, "That was not the right place for me." Vine continued to focus on his music, attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While attending Berklee, he got to know Nolan Lambroza, who was making a name for himself as a producer, working with the likes of Lil Wayne, Pitbull, and Justin Bieber. Lambroza was impressed with Vine's talents, and he signed him to his independent record label, Kiva House Lambroza.
In 2014, Vine released his debut EP, a six-song set called Lazy Fair (the title was a play on the French phrase "laissez-faire," which was also the name of a boat owned by his parents). The EP spawned two online hits, "Sour Patch Kids" and "Guilty Pleasure," which respectively racked up over 11 million and five million plays on streaming services. Bryce poked fun at the clichés of hardcore rap with 2015's "The Thug Song," a track built around a Green Day sample that prevented it from receiving a commercial release. Another EP, Night Circus, was released in 2016. A year later, Vine issued a single, "Drew Barrymore," which became a hit after it was re-released in 2018. Early 2019 single "La La Land" (with YG) also reached the Billboard Hot 100, and debut full-length Carnival arrived in July, making the top half of the Billboard 200 album chart. Aside from Carnival, Vine also released the single "I'm Not Alright" with Loud Luxury.