Although he received national media attention on the show, he says that reality show stardom did not help propel his country music career; instead, he cited it as an important life event that was more valuable than money and that put his life in perspective.
In the official issue of CBS Watch magazine, commemorating the 15th anniversary of Survivor in 2015, Rice was voted by viewers as the 10th "steamiest" male contestant in Survivor history. He cites his father as the inspiration for his career, recalling his father saying "boy anyone can play guitar, but no one is gonna really listen to you until you start singing." His first studio album, Friday Nights & Sunday Mornings, was released on April 22, 2010.
In March 2011, he released Country as Me, a 6-track EP featuring his single "Buzz Back".
Rice is also a former college football linebacker for the University of North Carolina and former NASCAR pit crew member for Hendrick Motorsports.“Whoa” has also been removed from all digital and streaming platforms, but was never re-released leaving the current total tracks on the album at 14.