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Jason Aldean

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Jason Aldean was born February 29, 1997. Because his parents separated when he was three years old, he was raised in Macon, Georgia at his mother’s but spending summers at his father’s place in Homestead, Florida. His father was the one that put the music bug in him. Aldean’s father wrote out guitar chords on notebook paper to teach him how to play and took him to concerts by Kenny Rogers, the Gatlin Brothers and Alabama. Aldean started to pick up some songs he heard on the radio. Early favorites included George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away", Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Blues Man" and Alabama's "My Home's in Alabama". He was encouraged by both of his parents in this musical path.

When he was 14 years old, he was watching the country-music awards on TV and told his mother he was ready to perform. Aldean’s mother arranged for him to sing a couple of songs (John Anderson's “Seminole Wind” and “Sticks and Stones” by Tracy Lawrence) at the VFW Hall in Macon. After that performance, he began participating at area talent contests and local fairs. By the age of 15, he joined the "house band" at the Macon nightspot Nashville South.

After finishing high school Aldean chose to pursue a career as a full-time musician over a baseball scholarship. His father helped the band by booking it into college towns in Florida, Alabama and Georgia, then further up the eastern seaboard. Jason began writing songs with one of his band members, Justin Weaver. Aldean recorded an eight-song album in Nashville in 1996 to sell at his shows.

In 1998, after a performance at the famed Atlanta nightclub The Buckboard, he signed with Michael Knox of the Warner-Chappell publishing company. He jumped a couple of times from labels and postponed his recording sessions until he landed a record deal with the independent label Broken Bow Records in 2004. Next year, he released his debut self-titled album which, after selling over 500,000 copies, has become gold. Two singles from the album, “Hicktown” and “Why”, where able to enter the top 10 US Hot Country charts.

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