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Arista signs Jason Michael Carroll

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 – Jason Michael Carroll, 28, signed a record deal with Arista. The first single for Carroll is "Alyssa Lies," a story about child abuse. Don Gehman produced the disc, which is slated to arrive in early 2007, according to the label.

In addition to recording songs by Craig Wiseman, Terry McBride, Jim Collins, Brett James and Rivers Rutherford, Carroll wrote or co-wrote four songs, including "No Good in Goodbye," a duet with Jewel, co-penned with Jewel and Shaye Smith.

Carroll grew up in North Carolina the son of a fundamentalist preacher in a home where secular music was strictly taboo. Carroll eventually caught the eye of Hootie & the Blowfish manager Rusty Harmon by way of a local TV talent competition and ultimately led to Carroll recording for Arista.

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Numbers CD review - Numbers
Much like his career, Jason Michael Carroll's latest offering, "Numbers," is a collection of hits and misses. The album, which is being offered exclusively through Cracker Barrel retail outlets, pairs the rich timbre that shot the long-haired Texan to the top of the country charts (his first album went to number 1, and his second charted in the Top 10) with material that is often less than top drawer. There's little of the soul and personal touch that made songs from previous »»»
Growing Up Is Getting Old CD review - 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 CD review - 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, »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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