Jason Aldean Biography

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Jason Aldean 2nd Annual Concert For The Kids
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Jason Aldine Williams was born on February 28th, 1977 and raised in Macon, Georgia. This contemporary country rocker is known as Jason Aldean. 

His parents divorced when he was only three, and he lived with his mother during the school year, and spend the summers with his father in Homestead, Florida. There, his father helped him learn how to play the guitar.

After high school, he joined a band and played in college towns in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. He began writing songs, and at that time he met Michael Knox, who was with Warner-Chappell song publishers. He was signed to a publishing deal and moved to Nashville.

Several False Starts

Aldean was signed to a record deal but was then dropped. He signed with another label but was dropped again in 2000 for postponing recording sessions repeatedly.

One night after a showcase at the Wildhorse Saloon, Aldean met Lawrence Mathis, who signed on as his manager. This is where Jason decided he would give himself six more months to get a record deal or move back to Georgia. Five weeks later, he was offered a deal from the independent label "Broken Bow Records."

In early 2005, Aldean released his first single, "Hicktown." It was the first song released from his self-titled debut album. The song went on to become his first Top 10 single. The album also produced his first No. 1 with "Why" and another Top 5 in "Amarillo Sky." The album was produced by Michael Knox, who had stayed with Aldean from the days when they first met when he worked with Warner-Chappell publishing.

Aldean made his debut at the Opry on May 13, 2005. 

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Aldean's second album was entitled Relentless. The lead single, "Johnny Cash," peaked at No. 6, and was followed by the ballad, "Laughed Until We Cried," which also went to No. 6. The title track was the third and final single to be released from the album. It peaked at No. 15 on the charts.

"She's Country" was the first single from Jason Aldean's third album, Wide Open, which was released in April of 2009.

Earlier in the year, Aldean taped a live concert in front of a sold-out crowd in Knoxville, Tennessee, which was released as a live DVD later in 2009.

In 2016, he was named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music.

Aldean's musical influences include Alabama, George StraitJohn Anderson, Ronnie Milsap, Tracy LawrenceHank Williams Jr., and John Mellencamp

As far as his personal life, he had a very public divorce from wife Jessica Ussery after 12 years of marriage. He had been photographed kissing Brittney Kerr, a singer who was on "American Idol." After the photos were publicly released, Aldean formally issued an apology saying that he had too much to drink and acted inappropriately. He married Kerr in 2015.

Top Jason Aldean Songs

  • "Hicktown"
  • "Johnny Cash"
  • "Why"
  • "She's Country"
  • "Laughed Until We Cried"
  • "Don't You Wanna Stay"
  • "Any Ol' Barstool"

Jason Aldean Albums

  • Jason Aldean
  • Relentless
  • Wide Open
  • My Kinda Party
  • Night Train
  • Old Boots, New Dirt
  • They Don't Know