Jason Aldean Biography
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The darkest hour is just before dawn.
In the summer of 2003, Jason Aldean was ready to throw in the towel. He'd been dropped from his record company's roster. His songwriting contract was expiring. He had a new baby, a mortgage and two car payments to make and nothing looked promising on his musical horizon. For five years he'd been trying every way he could think of to make it in Nashville, and all he had to show for his efforts was a broken dream.
But just weeks later an offer was on the table, and in January 2004 Jason signed with Broken Bow Records. He joins a roster that includes such outstanding stars as Craig Morgan ("Almost Home"), Joe Diffie ("Tougher Than Nails") and Sherrie Austin ("Streets of Heaven"). The man who almost gave up has a whole new outlook.
"I went through a time when I was depressed and didn't know what to do," recalls Jason Aldean. "By the middle of 2003, I was frustrated, and I was moving back home. I had already applied for some jobs back in Georgia. I was just kind of at that point where I felt like I was beating a dead horse. I knew that if we moved home, that was probably going be it with me and music.
"I had no idea what was in store for me. I was scared that if we stayed here we were going to lose everything - the house, the cars, whatever. I wasn't really bitter about it - I felt like I had come up here and given it a legitimate shot.
"I do believe that if it's meant to be, it will be. Luckily for me, things worked out. I mean, it went from looking really bad to looking really good."
Jason Aldean's Broken Bow debut showcases a singer with a burnished honky-tonk tenor that resonates with emotional honesty. And it introduces country fans to a truly polished song craftsman.
Although still in his 20s, Jason Aldean already has a wealth of performing experience. He was raised on country music from the time of his birth, Feb. 28, 1977.
Parents Barry and Debbie divorced when he was three. He was raised by his mother, mainly in Macon, GA. Summers were spent with his father in Homestead, FL.
"My dad played the guitar and is a pretty good singer. He's really the one who put the music bug in me, I guess. He's a big fan of Merle Haggard and Johnny Rodriguez. I was going to country shows by the time I was in second grade. My first concert was Kenny Rogers and The Gatlin Brothers. The first record I remember having was Mountain Music by Alabama. I've still got it. They were always my favorites growing up, and still are. I've seen them in concert 10 or 15 times.
"I'd go to Dad's house in the summers. When he'd go to work during the day, he would always map me out the guitar chords on notebook paper to show my fingers where to go to play which chords. I just sat there and did that all day while he was at work. When he got home, we'd get out his guitar and play together. So that's kind of how I learned to play.
"Then it got to where I could just listen to songs and be able to play them after hearing them for about three times. That's when I really started learning a lot of songs."
Early favorites included George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away," Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Blues Man" and, of course, Alabama's "My Home's in Alabama." Both parents encouraged young Jason as he progressed musically.
"One day I was sitting at home watching the country-music awards on TV. I was just watching the show. Then I suddenly got up and told my mom, 'I think I'm ready to get on stage and just see what happens, see how it goes.' She knew a guy who played in a band in a VFW hall in Macon. She called him and said, 'Hey, can my boy come in and sing a few songs?' He said, 'Sure.' So I went in there and sang, I think, John Anderson's song 'Seminole Wind' and 'Sticks and Stones' by Tracy Lawrence.
"Well, all 10 people who were there applauded. You know how it is: You don't want to get up there, but once you do, people have to drag you off the stage." At age 14, Jason Aldean was hooked.
He began performing at area talent contests and local fairs. At 15, he joined the "house band" at the Macon nightspot Nashville South. A year later, he bought his first car with money he'd earned singing, a 1985 Toyota pick-up with a rusted-out tailgate. By the time of his high-school graduation, his future was set. He was a pro.
"Once I graduated, I wanted to get out and start playing and traveling around. I just couldn't see going to school for four more years. It was hard enough to get out of high school. I went to school basically because I had to and because I wanted to play baseball. That was about it. So it was a decision whether to go to college on a baseball scholarship or play clubs, make money and meet girls. It wasn't a hard decision for me to make."
His father booked Jason and his band into college towns in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, then further up the eastern seaboard. One of the bandmembers was Justin Weaver, with whom Jason began writing songs.
Jason Aldean's sterling singing voice, original songs and distinctive looks attracted attention at once. Although he doesn't rope and ride, he proudly describes himself as "a hat act." Albeit one with pierced ears.
"I used to get some flack for that in the redneck clubs," he admits. "I'd gone to a private school in Macon where you had to have your hair cut short and all that. So the day after I graduated, I went and got an ear pierced. Then one day I decided to even things out and got the other one done. My dad really freaked out. Then I came home with a tattoo, and he really just had to bite his tongue.
"But he was still always telling me how good my singing was. We came up here to Nashville in 1996 and made a little eight-song album to sell at our shows.
"When I got started, I had no idea how to get into the music business at all. My dad said, 'The way people do it is you just play clubs and if you're good enough, somebody will find you.' So that is all I knew, too. I didn't know anything different."
Actually, that's pretty much how it happened. In 1998 he performed his original songs at a showcase staged by the famed Atlanta nightclub The Buckboard. None of the record company talent scouts who were there approached him, but Michael Knox, then of the Warner-Chappell song-publishing company did. Jason didn't even know what a song publisher was.
Nevertheless, signed to write songs for the company, Jason Aldean moved to Music City on Nov. 1, 1998 at age 21. A month later, he was offered a recording contract. When that didn't pan out, he signed with another label immediately afterward.
"I thought it was so easy when I got here. I was here a month, and I got offered a deal. I thought, 'This is great. I should have moved up here five years ago.' And then I got a reality check. Guess what: it's not that easy." After postponing his recording sessions repeatedly, the second label dropped him in 2000. Three long years dragged by.
In the meantime, he married his high-school sweetheart, Jessica, on Aug. 4,, 2001. And on Valentine's Day, 2003 they became the parents of daughter Keeley.
Jessica took a job at a Nashville bank and urged Jason to press on. So did Michael Knox, who has remained by his side throughout his ordeal. Still, showcases for various executives led nowhere. The last straw was an attempt at the Wildhorse Saloon where the promised label talent scouts never even showed up. But someone else did. "I got off stage and this guy walked up to me. He's like this ball of energy. His name was Lawrence Mathis, a manager. He said, 'I like what you're doing, and I'd like to talk to you. What are your plans? What are you doing?' I said, 'You caught me at a bad time, because I'm probably moving home in a couple of months.' But I met with him that next Monday and told him what was going on. He said, 'Give me a year to work with you.' I said, 'I don't have a year. I've got six months, at best.' He said, 'All right. Six months.' Five weeks later we got offered a deal from Broken Bow.
"Now I'm at the most exciting time of my life. Recording my first album has been such a thrill. For a change, I'm with a label that believes in what I am doing. I have waited a long time to make a record like this, and all I can say is this album is real, it's true and it's me. I hope you like it."
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Jason Aldean | Reviewer: Joyce | 12/12/13
I was not a country music listener until you came to Athens Georgia April 2013. I started listening to your music and absolute loved it, now I listen to you everyday. You are awesome, so glad things worked out for you, great songs like yours need to be heard.
your one of the great ones | Reviewer: Donna | 11/21/13
So glade you never gave up. I loved that your a down to earth guy. I meet you in tulsa may 2013 best mothers day. Birthday ever .your even better looking in person. I'm hooked fan 4 life. Not really sure what it is but you sure make a song come to life. So sorry for all you have lost bullcrap you deal with , and want to thank you for being you and blessing us with all your talent luv ya
U so sexy...I luv u | Reviewer: Tracy | 6/8/13
I went to ur athens ga concert I luv so much itr ain't even funny ur so sexy. luvin nem blue eyes. I always listen to u had ti vuy another cd mine got stuck in cd player. U are the best. The athens concert was the best concert I have ever been to and I am 39. I had my picture took with a card board picture of u...I'm hopin one day to have it takin with the real u.
bad judgement | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/5/13
Jason..im sorry for your trouble. I know you feel badly too. You are not the first nor the last to use bad judgement. The girl brittany knew you were married so dont take all the blame. I hope your marriage works out.
(: <3 <3 <3 (: | Reviewer: Margaret Humble | 4/29/13
omg i love your songs and your very cute....you remind me of my boyfriend his name is also jason...your songs is an inspiration to young adults...i have been to every one of your concerts and your just AMAZING!!!!!!! We love you Jason Aldean.... <3 (: !!!
i love your music | Reviewer: sara | 4/29/13
I am gonna see you in concert for my birthday on september 20 my real birthday is on august 16.I love you a lot.You are my idol.I love you so much when I was little i fake married with a ring pop.
country music <3 | Reviewer: jason morgan | 4/8/13
Jason. I have been a fan of country music ever sense I was born. I listen to it everyday. its almost like every song i hear touches me as in I understand it and i get butterfly's. out of no were i just started singing along to a lot of country music and you are my all time favorite and my inspiration. I sing along to all your songs. I am barley starting to learn how to play the guitar. I always tell everyone I know that it is my dream to become a country singer. people say I'm good at singing to. I don't know what to do from hear. I want to start playing at public places and hope someone notices me. I'm from Yakima Washington.
Jason Alean | Reviewer: Cassidy | 3/8/13
I know what your full name is Jason Aldine Williams.I love you you are my favortie singer I sing your songs all the time.Happy 36 late Birthday you are the best singer ever.I love you!
I want to be a musican but i dont know how to be heard. | Reviewer: Dakota Wells | 1/15/13
I know you have probably heard this from thousands of people, but you've inspired me so much. I'm actually writing my own songs know even though they arnt that good yet but i really love to play guitar, and sing but everyone says its hard to be a singer in life that it will not do me any good. but i believe differently. What do you think?
my neices wish | Reviewer: linda | 12/30/12
my neice is just turning 16 this year and she is almost completely deaf, she was just 5 when she was struck with a hearing loss. the doctor just told us that within the year she would probably lose alll hearing, she is ur biggest fan and i dont know what she will do when she cant hear u anymore.
Jason Aldean | Reviewer: Jacob | 11/25/12
My name is Jacob, I'm 12, and I've been listing to your music my whole life. My dream is that someday I'll get to be on The Big 98. I've lived in Dickson, Tennessee my whole life and everyone I know says I am a great singer and I should be one when i get older. The only thing that might stop me is that i can't play an instrument.Your story reminds me that it won't be easy to make it, but I'll be trying. I'll be trying my whole life. And someday, if I do make it, I hope I'll get to meet you. Because you are my inspiration.
Jacob Selvidge, Dickson, Tennessee
I <3 Jason Aldean | Reviewer: lily | 11/16/12
I <3 u! You are my favorite singer. I'm 11 and when i was like 6 i mad motions with my best friend for your song "Big Green Tractor." I have loved it ever since. I dont know what i would do if u were not a singer. I love all your songs i have like all of them on my ipod. I listen to them like every day. What is your favorite song that u sing? I have Two pics of u as my home screen and my lock for my ipod. i am your biggest fan ever :) I LOVE U JASON ALDEAN
ur the BEST | Reviewer: Jordan C | 11/14/12
Hi my name is Jordan and i luv your music so much you the best singer ever well u and luke bryan. and omg your HOT. i wish i can meet u in person... <3<3<3 P.S Your not HOT Your the SEXIEST MAN IVE SEEN.<3 i know the sexiest person that you can meet. ME lots of guys want me and if you werent with jessica i would totally do you and when i mean do u i mean have sex with you... all the time<3 I want u Jason i want you to come inside of me so bad<3 CUM IN MY MOUTH CUM IN ME AND ILL CUM IN YOU TOO<3
Inspirarion | Reviewer: Austin Jolley | 11/5/12
I just want to say that your determination and drive really inspires me. My dream has always been to be able to perform on stage or even write music for people like you. I can't play an instrument but I have won awards for writing. My Passion is country music and you give it at its best! I love to sing and I'm not to bad. My point is this, I have a baby girl and another on the way. I'm a broke car salesman at age 22. I'm living in a small town in Alabama. I have every intention of making my dream a reality for my family and myself. I tip my hat to you. You're a great artist and family man. You're my inspiration!!! By the way, I would love to meet you! Stay country strong!
Luv you Jason Aldean | Reviewer: Samantha | 9/3/12
Jason Aldean, I have loved all your songs since I first heard you in 2005 and just went to one of your shows<33 I seriously want to meet you one day, i have sooo many of ur songs on my ipod & just listen to you all the time, every day. You were more than AWESOME in concert, you totally rocked out!!! Love your music, its awesome, ur awesome, dont ever stop doing what you love!! Totally support you 100%!!! Country music is my favorite, and your my number one!!!! Love you Hottie :) xoxoxoxoo
Samantha from PA <3
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