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Jason Sellers

I'm Your Man – 1997 (RCA)

Reviewed by Jeff Davis

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Jason Sellers found a great deal of success in songwriting before recording his debut. Unfortunately, here, Sellers' ability is, at least, barely worth noting. After listening just once, one realizes Sellers is just another artist crafted by the mainstream, trying to make it by imitation.

The name "Vince Gill" is written all over Sellers' music. This might be due to the fact that Sellers idolizes Gill, and even called him, seeking advice, when he first came to Nashville. Although the singer/songwriter has written for such stars like Pam Tillis, Lonestar and ex-wife Lee Ann Womack, and wrote 5 of 11 songs on the CD, Sellers never seemed to get the hang of the vocal side of the business. However, Sellers should be given credit when venturing out on his own. When not trying to sound like Gill, the 26-year-old is somewhat enjoyable to listen to, but this only occurs twice: "I Can't Stay Long" and the title track demonstrate the side of Sellers that could be successful. He does, however, mix up the tempo with fast paced songs like ("You Better Believe It)" and slow ballads ("Can't Help Calling Your Name"), but his choice of songs and presentation of them makes the record fall flat.

Judging by Sellers' first jump into the vocal arena, he will never be a superstar. But with some adjustments and the will to be his own man, he has the ability to make a decent living in country music. But he's going to have to prove himself after this album.