Jason Aldean At Grand Ole Opry
He was born Jason Aldine Williams on February 28, 1977 in the city of Macon, Georgia, but he has since become one of the most popular names in contemporary country music. Now going by the name Jason Aldean, this artist mixes the sounds of country and rock together with a unique style and tone of voice that has put him in the hearts of many country fans. Aldean learned how to perform from his father, who would diagram guitar chords on a sheet of paper that showed his son how to play the instrument. After he had time to practice, the two would bring out their guitars and play together. Jason’s mother and father both supported his love for music, but it was the country music awards that really fueled his passion. After watching them on TV at age fourteen, Jason knew that he what he wanted was to perform on stage. He began performing in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, then in talent contests and at fairs.
When he graduated high school, he and his band performed in college towns in southern states, making their way up the southeastern seaboard. It was at an Atlanta nightclub, The Buckboard, where Aldean was approached by the Warner-Chappell song-publishing company for a recording contract. It took him quite a few failed and dropped contracts until he finally found the right agent, but the hard work he put into achieving his dreams finally paid off.
Some of his most popular songs include “Hicktown,” which was his first single and which also reached Number Ten on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts; “Why,” his first Number One hit; and “Amarillo Sky,” which landed the Number Four spot. Other Top Ten hits of his include “Laughed Until We Cried,” “Big Green Tractor” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”
Aldean has won several awards since 2005, including Top New Male Vocalist, Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson, Album of the Year for My Kinda Party, Artist of the Year, Touring Headline Act of the Year, CMT Performance of the Year for “Tattoos On This Town” and Video of the Year for “Dirt Road Anthem,” among others. He has also been nominated for a number of awards throughout his career.
Aldean has five albums released: Jason Aldean, Relentless, Wide Open, My Kinda Party and, most recently, Night Train.