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|Birth name||Jason Farris Brown|
|Born||August 27, 1970|
|Origin||Athens, Georgia, U.S.|
Jason Farris Brown (born August 27, 1970) known professionally as Colt Ford, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He has released four albums via Average Joes Entertainment, which he co-founded. Ford has charted six times on the Hot Country Songs charts, and co-wrote (with Brantley Gilbert) "Dirt Road Anthem", a song on his 2008 album Ride Through the Country, which Jason Aldean later covered on his My Kinda Party album.
Brown was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He was a professional golfer, playing on the Nationwide Tour, until he broke his leg on a sprinkler head after a reception party for a tournament. Later, he turned his interests to music, taking influence from country music and hip hop. Assuming the stage name Colt Ford, he released his debut album, Ride Through the Country, on December 2, 2008, through Average Joe's Entertainment, which he cofounded. This album included the singles "No Trash in My Trailer" (a cover of a Mike Dekle song) and "Ride Through the Country" (a duet with John Michael Montgomery), the latter of which did not chart until the week of October 10, 2009, when it debuted at No. 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart.
He also appeared on a rap remix of Montgomery Gentry's late-2008 Number One single "Roll with Me." Ford's debut album also has guest appearances from country singer Jamey Johnson, as well as Bone Crusher and Jermaine Dupri, Adrian Young of No Doubt and Jeremy Popoff of Lit. The album did not enter the Billboard albums charts until 2009.
Ford co-wrote and originally recorded the song "Dirt Road Anthem" for his debut album Ride Through the Country, which was later released by Brantley Gilbert, who co-wrote the song, on his 2010 album Halfway to Heaven, and again covered by Jason Aldean on his album My Kinda Party, also from 2010.
Ford wrote the theme song "Buck 'em" for the Professional Bull Riders association. He also appears as a guest vocalist on the track "Tailgatin'" on Cledus T. Judd's 2009 album Polyrically Uncorrect, a song which Ford wrote with Johnson and Popoff. Ford's second studio album, Chicken & Biscuits, was released in April 2010, following the release of its title track.
Ford released a third studio album on May 3, 2011, called Every Chance I Get. The album's lead-off single, "Country Thang", debuted at number 55 on country charts for the chart week ending February 19, 2011. "She Likes to Ride in Trucks", featuring Craig Morgan, served as the album's second single.
Ford's fourth album, Declaration of Independence, became his first number 1 album on Top Country Albums. Its first charted single is "Back", a duet with Jake Owen. "Back", is also Ford's highest charting single to date, peaking and making the Top 40 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In 2012, Colt Ford headlined the Declaration Of Independence Tour with supporting acts The Lacs, Lenny Cooper, and JB and the Moonshine Band. In the fall of 2012 Ford announced he would be touring with JJ Lawhorn on the Answer To No One Tour.
Colt Ford's fifth studio album, Thanks for Listening, was released on July 1, 2014.
Colt Ford released the first single from his upcoming sixth studio album, the single titled "4 Lane Gone" and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon Music as of August 30, 2016. Ford released a music video for the single on September 11, 2016
- Ride Through the Country (2008)
- Chicken & Biscuits (2010)
- Every Chance I Get (2011)
- Declaration of Independence (2012)
- Thanks for Listening (2014)
Awards and nominations
|2011||Academy of Country Music Awards||Vocal Event of the Year — "Cold Beer" (with Jamey Johnson)||Nominated|
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