Jason Michael Carroll soph disc coming late April
Monday, March 9, 2009
– Jason Michael Carroll will see if he can match his chart-topping debut album and back-to-back top five singles of Alyssa Lies
and Livin' Our Love Song
with his second disc, "Growing Up Is Getting Old," set for release on April 28.
The disc reunites Carroll with producer Don Gehman (Hootie & The Blowfish, John Mellencamp, Nanci Griffith, R.E.M.) who helmed Carroll's debut disc, "Waitin' in the Country," which hit the top of the country charts in its first week of release.
Featuring songs from Tom Shapiro, Paul Overstreet, Keith Anderson, and Carroll himself (who co-penned three selections), the new disc contains 10 songs.
The first single is Where I'm From is number 24 on the Billboard/R&R and Country Aircheck airplay charts.
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Growing Up Is Getting Old
Dear Jason Michael Carroll,
Congratulations on the success you enjoyed with your first album "Waitin' in the Country" as well as the first single Where I'm From off your new album. At this stage in your career, you should probably be thinking about ways to make yourself stand out from the ever-increasing crowd of the next king of country music wannabes. It's not enough to have three names (just ask Earl Thomas Conley or Jason Michael Montgomery. »»»
Waitin' in the Country
It seems like now is the time for country vocalists with deep, rich voices to be heard, and Jason Michael Carroll will certainly be heard. Versatility and passion are the traits that best serve his sometimes rumbling vocals.
Carroll took a step away from his North Carolina fundamentalist upbringing to make the secular music forbidden at home. That act of rebellion isn't lost in his music as it burns across songs with social implications, like the first single (and hit) off his album, »»»
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