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Jason Aldean


Jason Aldine Williams (born February 28, 1977), known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American country music singer. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released six albums and 24 singles. His 2010 album "My Kinda Party" is certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His 2012 album "Night Train" is certified double-platinum, while his 2005 self-titled debut, 2007 album "Relentless", 2009 album "Wide Open", and 2014 album "Old Boots, New Dirt" are all certified single-platinum.

Of his singles, 15 have reached number one on either the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts with "Why", "She's Country", "Big Green Tractor", "The Truth", "Don't You Wanna Stay" (a duet with Kelly Clarkson), "Dirt Road Anthem", "Fly Over States", "Take a Little Ride", "The Only Way I Know" (a collaboration with Luke Bryan and Eric Church), "Night Train", "When She Says Baby", "Burnin' It Down", "Just Gettin' Started", "Tonight Looks Good on You" and "Lights Come On". Eight more of his singles have reached the top 10.


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by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  June 8, 2017

Jason Aldean Surprises Fans With Unannounced Show Outside the Hall of Fame

As the CMT Music Awards were ending last night (June 8) at 9:30 p.m. CT, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean decided it was the perfect time for an impromptu show outside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

Thousands of fans swarmed the lawn at Walk of Fame Park to hear Jason play his pop-up set, including fan-favorites “Dirt Road Anthem,” “She’s Country” and current single, “They Don’t Know.” Jason’s show, which was in honor of his new Asphalt Cowboy exhibit at the Hall of Fame, was capped off with a fireworks display.

 

 

 

 

Check out some of the photos below:

[Photos by Jason Simanek, unless otherwise noted]



by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  May 26, 2017

Take a Sneak Peek Inside Jason Aldean’s New Hall of Fame Exhibit [Photo Gallery]

Last night (May 25) in front of family, friends and industry insiders, Jason Aldean helped unveil his new Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit: Asphalt Cowboy

The new exhibit explores the life and career of the Georgia native and includes childhood mementos, memorabilia from Jason’s early career, stage wear, guitars, awards, photos and more. The exhibit takes its name from the title of a song on Jason’s self-titled debut album in 2005.

The new exhibit explores the life and career of the Georgia native and includes childhood mementos, memorabilia from Jason’s early career, stage wear, guitars, awards, photos and more. The exhibit takes its name from the title of a song on Jason’s self-titled debut album in 2005.

 

Take a look at a sneak peek inside the HOF’s new exhibit, Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy.


Photos by Jason Simanek


by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  April 4, 2017

With Back-to-Back ACM Entertainer of the Year Awards, Jason Aldean Joins an Exclusive Club

When presenter Joe Walsh announced Jason Aldean (and his red jacket) as the ACM Entertainer of the Year on Sunday night (April 2), Jason became one of 10 artists in the 52-year history of the show to win the award in back-to-back years.

 

Jason joins the exclusive company of past back-to-back winners Roy Clark (1972–73), Alabama (1981–85), Hank Williams Jr. (1986–88), Garth Brooks (1990–93, 1997–98), Brooks & Dunn (1995–96), Toby Keith (2002–03), Kenny Chesney (2004–07), Carrie Underwood (2008–09) and Taylor Swift (2010–11).

 

“You know, I think for us more than anything, we spend all year going out touring doing our thing for the fans, doing our shows and, to me, that’s what the Entertainer of the Year is about,” said Jason backstage at the ACMs after the win. “I mean, people can make their case that it’s about this, that, whatever - to me it’s about a touring award. It will always be that, and that to me is the most


important part of what we do, and to win that award, to me, is the most important, you know, award there is out there, maybe other than a platinum record.”

While Jason still has plenty of work to do to top Alabama’s fiveyear stretch of consecutively winning the award from 1981–1985, two wins in a row is a nice feather in his cap - or cowboy hat, for that matter.


by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127  |  April 3, 2017

Jason Aldean’s Wax Figure Gets Unveiled in Las Vegas

When Madame Tussauds opens their doors on April 14 in Nashville, Jason Aldean will find himself among the wax figures residing at the attraction.

 

Jason’s figure made it’s way from Nashville to Las Vegas this weekend (April 1) for a special meeting in the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel. As visitors checked out the statue and took pictures of the wax Jason, the real Jason made his entrance to meet his double.

 

Surprise visitors screamed with excitement as the “Any Ol’ Barstool” singer was viewing his own replica for the first time. Jason’s doppleganger comes complete with his name printed on the neck of his guitar, a replica bracelet, cuff and necklace worn by Jason and the singers signature cowboy boots.

 

The wax body double will be flown back to Nashville where it will join previously announced artists - Beyoncé, Billie Holiday, Blake 


Shelton, Bob Dylan, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Little Jimmy Dickens, Louis Armstrong, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Minnie Pearl, Connie Britton & Chip Esten, Reba McEntire, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift - for the grand opening of Madame Tussauds Nashville on April 14.


by Lisa Konicki | @LisaKon127  |  March 27, 2017

Jason Aldean Continues His Work In The Fight Against Breast Cancer

Jason Aldean is continuing his effort to help in the fight against breast cancer. The “She’s Country” singer is offering breast cancer survivors the chance to be an honorary roadie when he kicks off his They Don’t Know Tour in Toledo, Ohio, on April 27.

 

 


Jason has been in raising awareness for breast cancer research since 2004, after losing a dear friend to the disease.

“As long as I’m doing what I’m doing, I will do what I can to fight breast cancer and celebrate its survivors,” said Jason in a statement.

 

“We all know someone whose life has been changed by this terrible disease, so we’re going to treat as many survivors as we can this year with a night out to take their minds off everything else.”

 

Throughout the tour, Jason will not only continue to donate a portion of each ticket sale to Susan G. Komen, but he will also be surprising one winner and a guest, at select dates, with concert tickets, VIP backstage access and a private meet and greet at the concert of their choice. All you have to do is enter below and share your story of surviving breast cancer for a chance to win.


by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey  |  February 22, 2017

Jason Aldean’s Black Jack Ridge Farm in Tennessee Is on the Market for $4.5 Million 

The 1,436-acre property boasts six bedrooms and 5.5 baths on the 4,032- square-foot retreat, including a luxury lodge, three-bay garage and multipurpose outbuildings.

 

A portion of the online description reads: “Let the bubbling brooks on this 1,436-acre property serve as your private fishery or hunt turkey and deer from numerous points inside the high game fences that surround the land. Deer stands and feeding stations are spread throughout the property, as are creeks that meander through the mature hardwoods and dense forest, which makes Black Jack Ridge the ideal habitat for wildlife and hunting.”


Jason also owns a 120-acre country estate in Columbia, Tenn. (45 miles south of Nashville) that he purchased in 2016 for $5.35 million. It’s good to be the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year.



Background information From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Early life

Aldean was born as Jason Aldine Williams in Macon, Georgia, in the United States. His parents, Barry and Debbie, divorced when he was three. He was raised by his mother, in Macon, where he went to high school at Windsor Academy. During the summer, he would spend time with his father in Homestead, Florida.

 

Before going to work during the day, his dad would map out guitar chords on notebook paper to show Aldean where to place his fingers to play the chords. Aldean sat and practiced all day while his dad was at work. When his dad got home, he got out his own guitar and they played together. Soon, after hearing a song only a few times, he could play it. His early favorites included George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away", Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Blues Man", and Alabama's "My Home's in Alabama". Both of his parents encouraged young Aldean as he progressed musically. From age 14, after watching the country-music awards on television, he wanted to perform on stage. With his mother's help, he performed at the local VFW hall in Macon, Georgia. He sang John Anderson's song "Seminole Wind" and Tracy Lawrence's "Sticks and Stones". He would later say that the entire audience - all ten - applauded, and that he almost had to be dragged off the stage because he was hooked on performing. He then began performing at area talent contests and local fairs. At 15, he joined the "house band" at Georgia nightspot Nashville South.

 

Aldean chose his stage name as there were already a number of people called "Jason Williams" including a well-known basketball player. In order to stand out, he changed the spelling of his middle name, Aldine, to come up with the name Aldean.

 

Personal life

Aldean married his high school sweetheart, Jessica Ussery, on August 4, 2001. Together the couple have two daughters, Kendyl and Keeley. On April 25, 2013, seven months after Aldean admitted to acting inappropriately with former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr, news outlets reported Aldean and his wife had separated in January. Aldean filed for divorce on April 26, citing irreconcilable differences.

 

Following the scandal that led to his divorce from Ussery, Aldean and Kerr officially began dating in March 2014 and made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2014 CMT Awards and on September 24, 2014, Aldean and Kerr announced their engagement. The couple were married on March 21, 2015 (Picture).

 

Along with former Major League Baseball (MLB) players Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhans, and Tombo Martin, Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, and fellow country singer Luke Bryan, Aldean owns a hunting company called Buck Commander.

Aldean owns 1,300 acres (5.3 km2 ) of land just outside Nashville, Tennessee dubbed "Black Jack Ridge".

 

Jason is a Georgia Bulldogs fan and spends every Saturday he can watching games. He played the first-ever concert at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium for over 60,000 fans in April 2013, and Ludacris happened to make an appearance for their collaboration of "Dirt Road Anthem." Aldean has a bulldog named Athens, for the location of the university and also has a “Man Barn” at his home, which includes televisions, a full bar, leather couches, and Georgia Bulldogs decorations which is under renovation. Aldean owns 1,300 acres (5.3 km2 ) of land just outside Nashville, Tennessee dubbed "Black Jack Ridge". [10]

In 2015, Forbes estimated Aldean's annual income at $43.5 million.

 

Musical career

After high school, with his father's help, Aldean and his band performed at Truman State University (previously Northeast Missouri State University) in Kirksville, Missouri. With Justin Weaver (one of the band's members), Aldean began writing songs. In 1998, he performed his original songs at a showcase staged by Atlanta nightclub The Buckboard. He was approached by Michael Knox, then of the Warner-Chappell song-publishing company. After signing with Warner-Chappell, Aldean moved to Nashville on November 1, 1998, at age 21.

 

Aldean was offered a recording contract but was subsequently dropped. He signed with another label but again was dropped in 2000 for postponing his recording sessions repeatedly. Various showcases failed to bring him a contract. The last straw was an attempt at the Wildhorse Saloon where the promised label talent scouts never even showed up. Finally, Lawrence Mathis spotted Aldean at one of the showcases at The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. He signed as Aldean's first manager. Still frustrated and discouraged with his struggling career, Aldean gave himself 6 months before planning to leave Nashville and return home to Georgia. Then 5 weeks later, he was offered a deal from Broken Bow Records in Nashville. Shortly after the release of his self-titled debut album, Aldean picked up his new (and current) agent Kevin Neal. Furthermore, while recording Relentless, Aldean moved to Clarence Spalding and Spalding Entertainment for management.

 

2005–07: "Jason Aldean"

Aldean's debut single, "Hicktown", was released in early-2005. It served as the lead-off to his self-titled debut album and reached a peak of No. 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album also produced his first Number One hit in "Why", This album finally released the No. 4 hit "Amarillo Sky", which had previously been a non-charting single in 2002 for McBride & the Ride. This song earned a 2006 ACM nomination for Song of the Year and Video of the Year. Aldean earned the title "Top New Male Vocalist" at the 2006 ACM Awards. The album has sold over 1,000,000 copies in the United States and was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2007.

2007–08: "Relentless"

Aldean spent most of January 2007, in the studio with producer Michael Knox to finish his second album, "Relentless". This album was released on May 29, 2007 and at Wal-Mart locations, it was released with a Limited Edition CMT Pick DVD that included Aldean's performances. The album's lead-off single, "Johnny Cash", was originally recorded by Tracy Byrd, but Aldean's version of it peaked at No. 6. Its followup "Laughed Until We Cried" became his 5th consecutive Top 10 hit. "Relentless" has also been certified platinum by the RIAA, and its title track was released as its 3rd single. The song has also been Aldean's lowest charting single both in the U.S. and Canada, failing to reach the Top 10 on the country charts.

2009–10: "Wide Open"

Aldean released his 7th single titled "She's Country" on December 1, 2008. This song serves as the lead-off single from his 3rd album Wide Open, which was released on April 7, 2009. The single debuted at No. 51 on the Hot Country Songs chart in late-November 2008. Being his 7th consecutive Top 40 hit on the country charts, it is also his 1st Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. It later became his 2nd number-one hit, and his first since "Why" in May 2006. The next single, "Big Green Tractor," became Aldean's 3rd Number One hit. "Wide Open" debuted at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. "The Truth" became the album's 3rd consecutive Number One hit in January 2010, with "Crazy Town" being the album's 4th single and peaking at No. 2 on the country charts.

 

Aldean performed with Bryan Adams on an episode of CMT Crossroads in the beginning of May, and the episode premiered on June 26, 2009.

In an interview with Shave Magazine, Aldean explained that working with Bryan on Crossroads "was great" and that "[h]e was a lot of fun." But the real highlight for him was that he was working with Randy Owen. "I am a big fan of Alabama so I got a chance to work with Randy Owen on this album (it didn’t make the album but it eventually made a bonus track). It was really cool. Alabama were like ‘The Beatles’ for me so working with him was definitely one of the highlights," he said "I mean, both of those guys were really cool moments, but if I had to pick one highlight, it would be working with Randy [Owen] this year."

 

A live DVD titled "Wide Open Live & More" was released on August 25, 2009.

 

At the 2010 CMT Music Awards, Aldean picked up 3 nominations in Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for "The Truth", as well as Collaborative Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year for his performance of "Heaven" with Bryan Adams. 

2010–12: My "Kinda Party"

In August 2010, Aldean released a new single "My Kinda Party," which entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 41. It is the lead-off single from his album of the same name, which was released on November 2, 2010. It marks as Aldean's tenth top 10 country hit. Aldean also collaborated with Kelly Clarkson on the intimate duet "Don't You Wanna Stay". His and Clarkson's performance on November 10, 2010, at the CMA Awards received positive recognition, and debuted at No. 59 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart from unsolicited airplay for the week of November 20, 2010. In March 2011, it became Aldean's 5th number one hit.

 

In early 2011, Aldean's version of "Dirt Road Anthem", which was recorded previously by both of its writers country rap artist Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert (who also wrote "My Kinda Party"), debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 57 as an album cut from an unsolicited airplay for the week of February 5, 2011. In March 2011, the song was chosen as the 3rd single from My Kinda Party. Aldean also collaborated with Ludacris (see picture underneath) for the song at the 2011 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8, 2011. In addition to making #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of July 30, 2011, it also became Aldean's first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 chart.

Aldean performed "My Kinda Party" at the start of the 2011 Home Run Derby, which was aired on ESPN.

 

Aldean won the CMA award for Album of the Year in 2011 as well as the Musical Event of the Year with "Don't You Wanna Stay", his duet with Kelly Clarkson. "This made it" was his first win.

 

On October 25, 2011, it was announced that Aldean would be performing on The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night, the 1-hour special which took place live on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. "Don't You Wanna Stay" received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, but however lost to The Civil Wars at the 54th Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012.

 

The fourth single from the album was "Tattoos on This Town", which peaked at No.2, followed by yet another number one single, entitled "Fly Over States".

 

2012–14: "Night Train"

The 1st single from Aldean's 5th album was entitled "Take a Little Ride." It was released on July 16, 2012. Later, the album's title was announced as Night Train. This album was released on October 16, 2012. Its 2nd single, "The Only Way I Know," is a collaboration among him, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church. The album's 3rd single, entitled "1994," is a tribute to Joe Diffie. The album's 4th single, the title track, was released to country radio on June 24, 2013. The fifth single, "When She Says Baby", was released to country radio on November 18 of that same year. "Take a Little Ride", "The Only Way I Know", "Night Train", and "When She Says Baby" all peaked at number 1 on the Country Airplay chart respectively.

 

During a radio interview on May 18, Aldean hinted at another possible collaboration with Ludacris. He did state that it wouldn't be on "Night Train". On December 16, 2014, Ludacris released an Extended Play titled "Burning Bridges", in which the title track featured him and Aldean as a duet.

Aldean performed "My Kinda Party" during the People's Choice Awards on January 9, 2013.

On June 5, 2013, Jason Aldean co-hosted the 2013 CMT Music Awards with actress Kristen Bell. He and Lenny Kravitz opened the awards show singing "American Woman".

 

2014–16: "Old Boots, New Dirt"

On July 22, 2014, Aldean released a new single "Burnin' It Down". This song would serve as the lead single off his 6th studio album "Old Boots, New Dirt", which was released on October 7, 2014. This song reached #1 both on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. The album's second single, "Just Gettin' Started", was released to country radio on November 10, 2014. It reached #1 on the Country Airplay chart in March 2015. "Tonight Looks Good on You" was released as the third single on March 23, 2015. It reached #1 on the Country Airplay chart in July 2015. also performed CMT Crossroads with Bob Seger song called "Turn the Page". The album's fourth single, "Gonna Know We Were Here" released to country radio on August 17, 2015. It reached #2 on the Country Airplay chart in January 2016. Jason Aldean is one of only three artists to achieve RIAA platinum sales certification on an album released this year. His "Old Boots, New Dirt" album, which debuted at the top of Billboard's all-genre Top 200 chart in October, has now shipped more than one million units. This means that he is the only country star to release a platinum-seller in 2014, and joins only Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande in platinum album certifications for collections released this year.

At the conclusion of Aldean's Burn it Down Tour, Aldean donated over $600,000 to Susan G. Komen of South Florida.

 

2016–present: "They Don't Know"

In July 2016 it was announced that the seventh regular studio album, "They Don't Know", was set for release on September 9 of that year. Again produced by Michael Know, the album was preceded by the single "Lights Come On", released to country radio on April 1, 2016. The album's second single, "A Little More Summertime", released to country radio on July 15, 2016.

 

At the 2016 ACM Awards, Aldean was awarded Entertainer of the Year for the first time in his career.

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