New Artist Spotlight: Jason Aldean
By Amanda Eckard

Jason Aldean believes that Country Music is in his blood.

Aldean's father, a performer, filled their Macon, Ga. house with music.  At 14, Aldean entered local talent contests and in just a year he was a regular at Nashville South, a local Country bar.  He toured the United States as part of a band before deciding to try his luck in Nashville.

Capitol Records Nashville signed Aldean less than a year after he hit town.  But an executive shuffle at the label led to his leaving without releasing an album.

Aldean soldiered on, writing with songwriters Steve Bogard, Terry McBride, Marv Green and Jeff Stevens. His persistence was rewarded when Broken Bow Records signed him in January 2004, and his first single will be release March 14 with his debut album expected the summer of 2005.

If you could go back in time what era would you visit?
"I think it would be cool to go back to the Old West. I just really like the attitude and lifestyle of that era."

What song do you wish you had written?
"'Smoky Mountain Rain,' which was recorded by Ronnie Milsap and written by Dennis Morgan and Kye Fleming."

What moment in your life would you relive if you could?
"The birth of my daughter."

Do you have a lucky charm?  "Not really. But I do have a lucky number, which is nine."

What kind of album, other than Country, would you like to make?  "A rock album, something like 3 Doors Down or Matchbox 20."

If you wrote an autobiography, what would the title be?
"A Thousand Memories."

Who is your dream duet partner and why? "Alabama, because they're the ones who made me want to be an entertainer."

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