Country artist and songwriter Buddy Jewell was born in April of 1961 in Lepanto, Arkansas. After buying a guitar from a classmate and using the money he earned bagging groceries to buy guitar lesson books, Jewell began playing music in his spare time. When he was twenty-one, Jewell moved to Camden, Arkansas, where he pursued a musical career. He discovered there the band White Oak, who was seeking a new lead singer. Jewell sang with them for four years before taking a job at a gunfighting show at Six Flags over Texas. After winning a singing competition, singing a cover of an Alabama song, Jewell became the opening act for the band, who was one of his biggest inspirations. Winning the competition also led him to compete on the show Star Search, which he won Male Vocalist on several episodes. Afterwards, he moved to Nashville in 1993, where he found work as a demo singer and self-released albums.
In 2003, Jewell competed in the first season of the show Nashville Star, and won. He was then signed to a contract with Columbia Records Nashville. Two days later, his debut single “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” was released on the radio. The song became the highest-debuting single by a new country artist since the charts were tabulated in 1990. The song also reached Number Three on the country charts. His second Number Three single, “Sweet Southern Comfort,” was followed by his Top 40 single “One Step at a Time.” His self-titled album was certified Gold.
Jewell has since released two more albums, Times Like These and Country Enough. The albums feature singles like “If She Were Any Other Woman,” which peaked at Number Twenty-Seven; “So Gone;” and “This Ain’t Mexico.”
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