Jason Michael Carroll

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Jason Michael Carroll
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Background information
Born (1978-06-13) June 13, 1978 (age 36)
Houston, Texas, United States
Origin Youngsville, North Carolina, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006-present
Labels Arista Nashville
Stray
Associated acts Don Gehman
Website Official website

Jason Michael Carroll (born June 13, 1978 in Houston, Texas[1]) is an American country music artist. After being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004, Carroll was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin' in the Country that year. This album has produced three consecutive Top 40 country hits for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Alyssa Lies", "Livin' Our Love Song" and "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead". Carroll's second album, Growing Up Is Getting Old, has also produced his fourth and fifth Top 40 hits. Carroll and Arista Nashville parted ways in February 2010.

Life and career[edit]

Carroll grew up in a religious household in Youngsville, North Carolina. His father was a conservative Christian minister who viewed modern music as sinful and would not allow any secular music played in the home, or even on family trips in the car. His father went so far as to spank him when he found a copy of Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" in his bedroom.[1]

In 2004 encouraged by his mother, Carroll won a local singing competition, WRAZ FOX 50's Gimme the Mic. During this same period, Carroll had finished writing "Alyssa Lies." Carroll says he struggled to the point of getting migraines for a year and a half before finishing the song. He was discovered by Rusty Harmon, the manager who produced Hootie & the Blowfish a decade ago. By the summer of 2005, Carroll was a regular along Nashville's Music Row. He later signed with the booking agency Monterey Peninsula Artists Nashville and entered a recording agreement with Arista Nashville.

Musical career[edit]

Waitin' in the Country[edit]

Carroll's debut album, Waitin' in the Country, produced by Don Gehman, was released on February 6. In its opening week, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Charts. With first-week sales of 57,608, and a Billboard 200 pop chart entry at No. 8, Carroll had once achieved both the best unit sales and the highest pop chart debut by a new country male artist since Billy Ray Cyrus in 1993.[1] However, thanks to his exposure on "American Idol", newcomer Bucky Covington's debut album later surpassed Carroll's sales.[2] The debut single from Waitin' in the Country, entitled "Alyssa Lies", reached No. 5 on the Hot Country Songs charts. It was followed by "Livin' Our Love Song" which peaked at No. 6. The album's third single, "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead", was released in early 2008 and peaked at No. 21.

Growing Up Is Getting Old[edit]

His fourth single, "Where I'm From" entered the charts in November 2008. It is the first single from his second album, Growing Up Is Getting Old, which was released by Arista Nashville on April 28, 2009.[3] The single charted to No. 11 on the country charts, and a second single, "Hurry Home", was issued in June 2009. Shortly after "Hurry Home" peaked, Carroll parted ways with Arista Nashville.[4]

Numbers[edit]

His sixth single "Numbers" was officially released to radio on March 28, 2011. It is the first single from his third album, also titled Numbers, which was released by QuarterBack/GrassRoots/Cracker Barrel partnership and sold exclusively through Cracker Barrel stores.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Jason Michael Carroll is currently married to Wendy Carroll (née Phillips).[6] The couple has one son, Jason Weldon. Carroll also has three children from a previous marriage: Gavin Michael, Savanna Nicole and Stori Paige.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[7]
US
[8]
US Indie
[9]
Waitin' in the Country 1 8
Growing Up Is Getting Old
  • Release date: April 28, 2009
  • Label: Arista Nashville
7 28
Numbers
  • Release date: July 26, 2011
  • Label: QuarterBack/GrassRoots/Cracker Barrel
33 198 37
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

EPs[edit]

Title Album details
Christmas on the Farm

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions[10]
Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US Country US
2006 "Alyssa Lies" 5 58 Waitin' in the Country
2007 "Livin' Our Love Song" 6 52
2008 "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead"A 21 115
"Where I'm From" 11 64 Growing Up Is Getting Old
2009 "Hurry Home" 14 99
2011 "Numbers" 60 Numbers
"Meet Me in the Barn"
"Let Me"
2013 "Close Enough" TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2007 "Livin' Our Love Song"[12] David McClister
2008 "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead"[13]
2009 "Hurry Home"[14] Chris Hicky
2011 "Numbers"[15] David Pichette
"Meet Me in the Barn"[16] Brett Bortle
2013 "Close Enough"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c News : Features : Jason Michael Carroll : Great American Country
  2. ^ Katie Hasty, "Lavigne's New 'Thing' Debuts Atop Billboard 200", Billboard.com, April 25, 2007.
  3. ^ Jason Michael Carroll Remembers His Roots
  4. ^ Jason Michael Carroll, Arista split
  5. ^ "The Official Jason Michael Carroll Website :: News Articles". Jasonmichaelcarroll.com. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  6. ^ Haislop, Neil (2007-02-27). "Jason Michael Carroll Country Newcomer Already Has a Lot To Sing About". Great American Country. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Jason Michael Carroll Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jason Michael Carroll Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jason Michael Carroll Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jason Michael Carroll: Charted Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - June 10, 2010: Jason Michael Carroll certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-06-10. 
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jason Michael Carroll : Livin' Our Love Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jason Michael Carroll : I Can Sleep When I'm Dead". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  14. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jason Michael Carroll : Hurry Home". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  15. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jason Michael Carroll : Numbers". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  16. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jason Michael Carroll : Meet Me in the Barn". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 6, 2011. 

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