Jason Aldean was born Jason Williams on February 28, 1977 and raised in Macon, Georgia. At least that was where he would spend his time during the school year. His parents divorced when he was very young and his father moved to Homestead, Florida, a town young Jason visited during the summers. It was there that he learned to play guitar, the first step he would take to selling Jason Aldean tickets and albums.
His father still had to work, so Jason was left to learn to play songs both he and his father enjoyed. This provided a deep appreciation for country music and its elder statesmen, artists like Hank Williams and George Strait.
Despite the divorce both parents remained very involved in their son’s life and they encouraged him to pursue what grew to become a dream of being a professional country singer. This journey led to quite a few VFW concerts and his earning a spot on a house band at the club Nashville South at the early age of 15. It also led him to adopt his middle name (or a variation of it) as his last to avoid sounding a little too generic.
Eventually Jason Aldean had to move to Nashville, but only after becoming a much practiced live act who had traveled up and down the southeastern seaboard. The move to Nashville proved difficult. Multiple promises by talent scouts and record labels were broken and he almost left. During the show he deemed his last, a representative from Broken Bow Records showed real interest in him and he did not disappoint, signing the artist to the label.
Aldean released his self-titled debut in 2005 and it went platinum. His follow up efforts would land at number one or two on the country album charts and go at least platinum. These albums – Relentless, Wide Open, My Kinda Party, and Night Train – were not the success of a country superstar, but they all did very well and have made sure he will have a long career. That is, especially if he continues to release hits like “She’s Country”, “Don’t Say You Wanna Stay”, and “Dirt Road Anthem”.