Even when country music may seem to be old-fashioned and is being largely taken over by other genres like the pop and hip-hop, there are a couple of country musicians whose songs and performances still dominate the music world. Jason Aldean is one of such.
With hit albums like My Kinda Party and Wide Open, Aldean is one musician who has made a huge breakthrough in the music world, capturing the hearts of most country music fans in such a way that his name cannot be easily erased despite the identity crisis the genre is bound to deal with. Here are interesting facts you need to know about this top-selling country music artist.
Jason Aldean: Biography (Age)
First, his real name is not Jason Aldean but Jason Aldine Williams. He was born on February 28, 1977, in Macon, Georgia, to his parents Barry and Debbie. A Nashville native, Jason has an American nationality and his ethnicity is English/Welsh. He was raised by his single mom after she got separated from his father when he was 3 years old.
Jason’s passion for music could be traced to his early years and even though his parents were separated, they were in full support of his choice of music as his future career. When he visits his father in Homestead, Florida, Jason would get himself engrossed in guitar chords as his father served as his teacher on how to play the cords. Back home with his mom, Jason got all the support he needed to move on with his love for music so that at the age of 14, he was already making moves to perform on stage.
Jason’s first performance was at the local VFW hall in Macon where he sang two of his favourite songs: Seminole Wind by John Anderson and Sticks and Stones by Tracy Lawrence. At age 15, his love for country music led him into joining the “house band” which was at Georgia nightspot Nashville South.
Jason’s musical career properly started after he graduated from high school at Windsor Academy. Then with his bandmate, Justin Weaver, he performed at The Buckboard, Atlanta’s dance club.
The late 1990s and the early 2000s were quite challenging for the young artist who was severally picked and dropped by several record labels. Aldean decided to move to Nashville on November 1, 1998, and by the mid-2000, while he was almost giving up and making plans to return to Georgia, he got a contract deal from Broken Bow Records in Nashville and shortly after, he released his debut album titled Jason Aldean.
On May 29, 2007, two years after the release of his first album, Jason released his second studio album Relentless. His third, Wide Open, was released on April 7, 2009, and following the success of the first three albums, he went ahead to release his fourth album My Kinda Party on November 2, 2010, and his fifth album Night Train on October 16, 2012. Between October 2014 and March 2017, Aldean had already released his sixth and seventh studio albums with his eight titled Rearview Town dropping on April 13, 2018. He welcomed his fans into the new year with his lead single You Make It Easy which was released on January 26, 2018.
The 6 feet 1 inch tall and good looking country singer is worth $80 million, an amount he earned from the sale of his numerous albums and singles. Signed to Broken Bow Records, Jason has had a couple of his songs being widely recognised in the music world. His albums Relentless and Wide Open are all certified platinum while his fourth album My Kinda Party got a double platinum certification.
In addition to his massive earnings, Aldean is massively followed on the social media. He has over 2 million followers on Instagram, 8 million on the Facebook and over a million subscribers on the YouTube
Jason Aldean’s Wife, Cheating, Divorce
Jason Aldean got married to his first wife Jessica Ann Ussery on August 4, 2001, and together, they had their two adorable daughters, Keeley and Kendyl, born on February 14, 2003, and August 20, 2007, respectively. Following some unreconciled differences, Aldean filed for divorce after he was found cheating on his wife with Brittany Kerr, a former American Idol contestant whom he later married.
Jason’s marriage to Kerr came two years after his official divorce from his first wife, dated 2013. Jason then engaged Kerr on September 24, 2014, and on March 21, 2015, they were officially married. The couple had their first child Memphis on December 1, 2017, and on July 10, 2018, they announced the coming of their second child.