Another Lubbock Star on the Rise - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/3/02

Another Lubbock Star on the Rise

From Buddy Holly to Waylon Jennings to Natalie Maines, could West Texans soon have another superstar to claim? Well, the answer is kind of in your hands, on Monday morning on the Today Show, Lubbock native Brian Lee will sing against five others finalists, in an effort to become the first ever Today Show Super Star.

"We want to introduce you now to another finalist, down in the lone star state. This contestant is at home getting ready for work, and Michael Scott, one of our friends from the morning show in Dallas, gets to deliver the good news," said Matt Lauer, Tuesday morning on the Today Show.

"Brian. How are you?" said reporter Michael Scott, as he led Brian out of the house to give him the good news.

On Tuesday morning, Lubbock native Brian Lee found out he was one of six superstar finalists out of more than 4,000 entries nationwide.

"I'm a little bit surprised, yes," said Brian Lee.

"Did you think you had a chance when you sent your tape in?" said Lauer.

"You know, my wife encouraged me to do this, and honestly, didn't think I had a chance," Lee said.

NewsChannel 11 caught up with Brian on the phone Sunday in his New York hotel room.

"I am just very excited. We've had such a great time in New York. It's my first time to be here. I was born in Waco, Texas, and grew up in Lubbock. I went to Matthews, Evans, then graduated from Coronado. I moved to Nashville, went to Belmont, got a Music Business Degree, met my wife Jenna, and we settled back down in the DFW area," Lee said.

Family friend Shannon Davis says this opportunity is a dream come true for Brian.

"We just pray that he wins because I know he would truly know that it was part of God's will and that it shouldn't have happened until now," Davis said.

Friday morning, Brian joined the other finalists on the Today Show. When asked about his song choice, "American Pie," this is what he has to say.

"They had about 10 songs to chose from, and the only song on there I could identify with was 'American Pie.' I thought that would be a very appropriate song being from Lubbock, so I chose that song," Lee said.

Then, after a spin of the wheel, Brian found out for the first round of competition he'll be singing "You're The Inspiration," a Chicago tune.

"I am very familiar with this song. I grew up, I mean this is an 80's song, the music I grew up with, and I'm just glad I didn't get a female song," Lee said.

So, here's where you come in, all six finalists sing on Tuesday morning, then five of them move on, according to who gets the most votes, until eventually the winner gets a concert on the Today Show and a recording contract.

To vote for Brian Lee, you can (click here).

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