Jerrod Niemann

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Jerrod Niemann
Jerrod Niemann at CMA Music Festival, June 2010
Background information
Birth name Jerrod Lee Niemann
Born (1979-07-24) July 24, 1979 (age 35)[1]
Origin Liberal, Kansas, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano
Years active 1999–present
Labels Mercury Nashville
Category 5
Sea Gayle Music/Arista Nashville
Associated acts Dave Brainard
Garth Brooks

Jerrod Lee Niemann (born July 24, 1979) is an American singer and songwriter. He has released one single for Category 5 Records and three albums for Sea Gayle Music/Arista Nashville: Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury (2010), Free the Music (2012), and High Noon (2014). These albums have produced a combined six Top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the number 1 singles "Lover, Lover" (a cover of Sonia Dada's "You Don't Treat Me No Good") and "Drink to That All Night". He has also co-written three singles for Garth Brooks: the Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy", as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun". Jamey Johnson, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts, Flynnville Train, and Zona Jones have also recorded Niemann's songs.



Niemann was born in Harper, Kansas, but raised in Liberal, Kansas. From an early age, he was influenced by country acts such as Lefty Frizzell, Keith Whitley, and George Strait. He learned to play his first musical instrument on a Tracy Lawrence autographed guitar his mother won in a contest at a Lawrence concert. Niemann joined the non-profit organization Kansas Kids, a division of American Kids, and continued competing in talent competitions.

After graduating from Liberal High School, Niemann attended South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, pursuing an Associate of Arts degree. Niemann began his professional music career by singing and playing acoustic guitar in Texas clubs and bars, particularly the Stockyard Saloon and the historic White Elephant Saloon located in the Fort Worth Stockyards. In 1999 he self-released his debut album Long Hard Road.[2]

Niemann moved to Nashville, Tennessee in September 2000. He signed a developmental deal with Mercury Records in August 2001 but did not release anything on the label.[2] After parting with Mercury Records, Niemann and his band continued touring the club circuit across America playing venues such as the Grizzly Rose in Denver and the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. He soon traveled to Europe to tour with the band Kane consisting of members Christian Kane and Steve Carlson.

In 2006, he signed to Category 5 Records and charted with the single "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)". The label closed shortly after this single's release, and the album Behind This Microphone was never released.[2]

2010–present: Arista Nashville[edit]

Niemann signed to Arista Nashville's Sea Gayle division, co-owned by Brad Paisley, in 2010. His debut single "Lover, Lover", was released in early 2010; it was originally recorded by the folk music group Sonia Dada under the title "You Don't Treat Me No Good" and was a #1 single in Australia in 1992.[3][4] In March 2010, "Lover, Lover" became Niemann's first Top 40 single on the country music charts and in August hit number 1. The song is included on his first major-label album, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury.[2] The album's second single, "What Do You Want", debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in October. In May 2011, "What Do You Want" peaked at number . The album's third single, "One More Drinkin' Song", reached number 13 in December 2011.

Niemann released his fourth Arista single, "Shinin' on Me", on April 9, 2012. His second Arista album, Free the Music, was released on October 2, 2012. The album's second single, "Only God Could Love You More", was released to country radio on October 29, 2012.

"Drink to That All Night" was released in late 2013 as a single for his third album for Arista. The album, High Noon, was released in March 2014, and in April "Drink to That All Night" became his second number 1 single.


At the age of eight, Niemann was writing several songs a year. He found legendary Nashville songwriters such as Whitey Shafer, Dean Dillon, and Paul Overstreet to be very influential in his songwriting and went on to co-write with all three while living in Nashville, TN. At age of 10 he performed original songs in local talent shows in Kansas. After collecting several compositions throughout high school, Niemann recorded his debut album "Long Hard Road" in Clovis, New Mexico while attending college in Levelland, TX.

In May 2001, Niemann was contacted by Garth Brooks to collaborate along with fellow songwriter Richie Brown. Niemann went on to co-write three singles for Garth Brooks: the Chris LeDoux tribute "Good Ride Cowboy",[5] as well as "That Girl Is a Cowboy" and "Midnight Sun". "Good Ride Cowboy" also earned Niemann a Broadcast Music Incorporated award for being one of the most played country songs of 2005.

Other artists who have recorded Niemann's work include Jamey Johnson, Neal McCoy, Julie Roberts, John Anderson, Flynnville Train, and Zona Jones. Niemann has signed publishing deals throughout his career with Marathon Key Music (a co-venture with Warner/Chappell Music) and Sea Gayle Music.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On March 6, 2012, Niemann's tour bus caught fire. He was unharmed. Niemann credits fellow country singer Lee Brice for alerting him to the dangerous blaze.[7]

Niemann became engaged to longtime girlfriend Morgan Petek in New Orleans in late 2013.[8] They married on October 10, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.[9]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country
Long Hard Road
Jukebox of Hard Knocks[12]
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: self-released
Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury 1 7
Free the Music
  • Release date: October 2, 2012
  • Label: Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville
9 62
Yellow Brick Road
  • Release date: April 29, 2013
  • Label: Aria Tree/C5 Records
High Noon[15]
  • Release date: March 25, 2014
  • Label: Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville
3 18
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2006 "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)" 59 Yellow Brick Road
2007 "The One That Got Away"[22]
2010 "Lover, Lover" 1 29 49 Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury
"What Do You Want" 4 52
2011 "One More Drinkin' Song" 13 72
2012 "Shinin' on Me" 17 17 92 Free the Music
"Only God Could Love You More" 38 29
2013 "Drink to That All Night" 4 1 34 1 33 High Noon
2014 "Donkey" 38 43
"Buzz Back Girl" 35
2015 "Blue Bandana"A TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ATo be released July 13.[26]

Other charted singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
US Country
2010 "One More Drinkin' Song" 60[A] Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury

Christmas songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
US Country Airplay
2014 "A Holly Jolly Christmas" 53 N/A
  • A ^ "One More Drinkin' Song" charted as an album cut in 2010 before it was released as a single in 2011.

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Lover, Lover"[28] Potsy Ponciroli
"What Do You Want"[29] Chris Hicky
2011 "One More Drinkin' Song" Brian Lazzaro
2012 "Shinin' on Me"[30] Chris Hicky
2013 "Only God Could Love You More" Eric Welch
2014 "Drink to That All Night"[31]
"Drink to That All Night" (featuring Pitbull)[32]
"Buzz Back Girl"[33][34]


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  4. ^ "Who's New: Jerrod Niemann". Country Weekly 17 (21): 21. 24 May 2010. ISSN 1074-3235. 
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  6. ^ Stark, Phyllis (16 October 2009). "Sea Gayle Sets Sail With New Label". Retrieved 21 October 2009. 
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  8. ^ Jerrod Niemann Getting Married This Year
  9. ^ Jerrod Niemann Marries Morgan Petek
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  11. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 16 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Jerrod Niemann - Jukebox of Hard Knocks". Angry Country. 16 November 2004. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
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  14. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 17, 2012). "Country Album Chart News For October 10, 2012: Little Big Town #1 for Final Week before Jason Aldean Debuts". Roughstock. 
  15. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (January 23, 2014). "Jerrod Niemann Announces New Album, ‘High Noon’". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ Matt Bjorke (August 13, 2014). "Country Album Sales Report – August 13, 2014". Roughstock. 
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  18. ^ "Jerrod Niemann: Chart History: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jerrod Niemann: Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  20. ^ "Jerrod Niemann: Chart History: Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  21. ^ "Jerrod Niemann: Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 24 August 2010. 
  22. ^ Singles Calendar, archived from the original on October 28, 2007, retrieved February 24, 2014 
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Jerrod Niemann – Lover, Lover". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Jerrod Niemann – What Do You Want". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Jerrod Niemann – Drink To That All Night". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  26. ^ "Single Releases". MusicRow. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  27. ^ Cite error: The named reference Country_Songs was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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  29. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jerrod Niemann : What Do You Want". Country Music Television. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  30. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jerrod Niemann : Shinin' on Me". Country Music Television. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  31. ^ Ragusa, Tammy (February 5, 2014). "Jerrod Niemann Raises the Bar (and the Glass) in New Video". Country Weekly. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  32. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jerrod Niemann : Drink to That All Night (Remix)". Country Music Television. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  33. ^ "CMT : Videos : Jerrod Niemann : Buzz Back Girl". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Debuts Music Video For “Buzz Back Girl” On CMT". Jerrod Niemann Official. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 

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