"The day football ends, I start thinking about it coming back around," the former Clemson Tiger told The Boot and other reporters at a recent media event. "This year, I'm going to make sure I call ahead of time to my booking agent, make sure they know I want to go to a Clemson game. We always work on Fridays and Saturdays, so I figured even if we have to play a show somewhere near there and then go to a game, I want to go to a game this year."
Although Lee only planned on attending a game, the college had bigger plans.
"I got a call back from my booking agent and my manager, and they said, 'Well, Clemson actually wants to book you. But they want to book you in the arena,'" the "Hard to Love" hitmaker says. "I was like, 'Arena? That's 7,500 people. We've never headlined an arena before.' They said they wanted to do it, so we thought about it. So we're going to headline an arena for the Clemson-Carolina game the day after Thanksgiving."
But the singer-songwriter was actually in for an even higher honor. "The athletic department called and asked if I would write a song for the team to run out to before they run down the hill. I was honored to do it, and I wrote this song, 'Orange Empire.' It was so cool because they loved it enough to where they've been playing it at all the home games. It kind of blew up. It's been such an honor to be a part of that, so now I'm really looking forward to going there, playing this arena, and hopefully maybe opening up the show with 'Orange Empire.' I think it's to be rocking. I'm really excited about that, and then getting to tailgate all day the next day, seeing my boys play."
Lee's performance at the Clemson football game will take place Friday, Nov. 23, at Littlejohn Coliseum. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.