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Buddy Jewell

Nolensville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE | AFTRA

Nolensville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2014
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"The UK's Leading Independent Country Music Magazine"

Buddy Jewell I SURRENDER ALL Diamond Dust records MLJM-0104***Self-penned release I SURRENDER ALL is a collection of 10 thoughtfully arranged songs that capture the gentle essences of country and gospel, fusing them with truthful lyrics and memorable melodies, and giving the spiritually orientated album sincerity. The album somewhat salutes the favoured sounds of country music and blends them seamlessly against gifted arrangements. The marching staccato beat of “There Is Power In The Blood” and the European felt “At Calvary” demonstrate the traditional sounds of country music; the former a bluesy toe-tapping arrangement coupled with a honky-tonk piano progression and Jewell’s deep drawl, whilst the latter fuses modern bluegrass instrumentation with a trudging beat and vocals that share major tonal similarities with Cliff Richard. The musically strong “Hell Bent and Heaven Bound,” coupled with rock’n’roll spirited piano chords and light-hearted comedic lyrics, is an infectious musical highlight. The use of personal themes does well to emphasise the autobiographical factor of the album. The poignant “When Mama Prayed” and the equally as moving “When I’m Good And Gone” reflects upon the more intimate and at times troubled moments of Jewell’s life. Whilst the former tells a raw and insightful account of Jewell’s past alcohol and drug addictions, the latter lays heart melting lyrics of hopes and dreams of a dedicated husband and father amid a traditional country arrangement. Title track “I Surrender All” on the other hand exists as a country fused gospel hymn with a narrative of loving and trusting in God; Christian faith being close to Jewell’s heart. Also evident on the album is Jewell’s vocal talents. Whilst the soft deliverance of “At The Cross,” written by Isaac Watts in 1707 demonstrates the tender edge of his voice, it is his powerful interpretation of Neil Cody’s “You’ll Find Your Way” that really hints at Jewell’s tingling vocal scale; the latter existing as an uplifting country ballad with God as the inspiring narrator. Other highlights of the album include the rock’n’roll love song, “Jesus, Elvis and Me”; its light-hearted lyrics amid bouncy chordal progressions provides a musical treat, whilst the country ballad “Somebody Who Would Die For You” tugs at the heartstrings, with emotive lyrics and beautifully captured vocals against a thick soaring musicality. This is a refreshing collection of songs that will warm the hearts of its listeners. This album is a definite must for fans of country music with religious veins, and certainly well worth a listen for others. Emily Saxton www.BuddyJewell.com - Emily Saxton - Maverick-Country.com


"The UK's Leading Independent Country Music Magazine"

Buddy Jewell I SURRENDER ALL Diamond Dust records MLJM-0104***Self-penned release I SURRENDER ALL is a collection of 10 thoughtfully arranged songs that capture the gentle essences of country and gospel, fusing them with truthful lyrics and memorable melodies, and giving the spiritually orientated album sincerity. The album somewhat salutes the favoured sounds of country music and blends them seamlessly against gifted arrangements. The marching staccato beat of “There Is Power In The Blood” and the European felt “At Calvary” demonstrate the traditional sounds of country music; the former a bluesy toe-tapping arrangement coupled with a honky-tonk piano progression and Jewell’s deep drawl, whilst the latter fuses modern bluegrass instrumentation with a trudging beat and vocals that share major tonal similarities with Cliff Richard. The musically strong “Hell Bent and Heaven Bound,” coupled with rock’n’roll spirited piano chords and light-hearted comedic lyrics, is an infectious musical highlight. The use of personal themes does well to emphasise the autobiographical factor of the album. The poignant “When Mama Prayed” and the equally as moving “When I’m Good And Gone” reflects upon the more intimate and at times troubled moments of Jewell’s life. Whilst the former tells a raw and insightful account of Jewell’s past alcohol and drug addictions, the latter lays heart melting lyrics of hopes and dreams of a dedicated husband and father amid a traditional country arrangement. Title track “I Surrender All” on the other hand exists as a country fused gospel hymn with a narrative of loving and trusting in God; Christian faith being close to Jewell’s heart. Also evident on the album is Jewell’s vocal talents. Whilst the soft deliverance of “At The Cross,” written by Isaac Watts in 1707 demonstrates the tender edge of his voice, it is his powerful interpretation of Neil Cody’s “You’ll Find Your Way” that really hints at Jewell’s tingling vocal scale; the latter existing as an uplifting country ballad with God as the inspiring narrator. Other highlights of the album include the rock’n’roll love song, “Jesus, Elvis and Me”; its light-hearted lyrics amid bouncy chordal progressions provides a musical treat, whilst the country ballad “Somebody Who Would Die For You” tugs at the heartstrings, with emotive lyrics and beautifully captured vocals against a thick soaring musicality. This is a refreshing collection of songs that will warm the hearts of its listeners. This album is a definite must for fans of country music with religious veins, and certainly well worth a listen for others. Emily Saxton www.BuddyJewell.com - Emily Saxton - Maverick-Country.com


"Jewell outshines show that made him a Star"

Country singer-songwriter Buddy Jewell, a native of Osceola, is plugging along. He recently released a new album, I Surrender All, on his label, Diamond Dust. He continues to tour and play for appreciative fans.

I Surrender All is a bit of a departure.

“The new album has some inspirational music, great old gospel standards and more regular country things I have written,” Jewell says. “This record draws from a couple of different pools.”

This record is also the first of Jewell’s since being dropped from Columbia, the major label that signed the musician after he won the inaugural season of Nashville Star.

“I’m riding a different horse,” Jewell says. “I am still shooting at targets that aren’t that much different [from] before.”

Interestingly enough, Nashville Star, the television show that in 2003 pulled Jewell out of the ranks of local hopefuls and introduced him to a national audience, is no more. The show, which was quite similar to American Idol only with country acts, ran on the USA cable channel before leaping to NBC. The program started out as a modest hit on USA, then ended up with Billy Ray Cyrus as host and not enough viewers to satisfy the major network. It was yanked in 2009.

It’s not a stretch to say that Jewell was a surprise winner on Nashville Star. He admits that every week he was voted by fans to continue on in the competition was a shock.

“I was older than everybody else,” says Jewell, who was 42 at the time.

As part of his prize package, Jewell released a self-titled CD on Columbia Records in 2003. That album generated two top five country hits, “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” and was followed by the album Times Like These in 2005. Times Like These wasn’t as successful with retailers or country radio, and Jewell was dropped by the label.

One of the other contestants was Miranda Lambert, who ended up in third place. Lambert has released three albums since the competition and is arguably the most popular female country artist today.

“I am happy for her,” Jewell says. “I thought every Saturday night I was going to be voted off [Nashville Star]. She was what Nashville was looking for, certainly being that young. She has worked very hard. She is an incredible songwriter.”

Jewell doesn’t have any regrets concerning his time on the TV show.

“Oh no, the show opened all these doors for me. I’ve played in Japan and China. Last year, I played for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was able to show my appreciation for what they have done. I have tons of fans from all over the world. I don’t do any of that without Nashville Star.”

But Jewell does understand that not being on a major label changes things for him.

“I don’t have the power of the big machine. But selling records now is different than it was. I don’t think [the labels] have figured out how to sell records. You know I go to Wal-Mart and it always seems that a fan, generally an older woman, comes up and says, ‘Aren’t you Buddy Jewell? You know I loved your first record. When are you going to put out another one?’”

For this new album he is releasing on his own, Jewell is taking a different approach in trying to land his music on the still-important country radio.

“I am going to the secondary markets, the mom and pop radio stations,” Jewell says. “I’ve already found success doing that. I’ve had a lot of them play my single ‘Jesus, Elvis and Me.’ We are working it from the grass-roots level. We think sooner or later the bigger stations are going to have to take notice.”

Jewell, who lives in Nashville, estimates that he played about 50 dates last year, including a “swing through Arkansas.”

The number of concerts is down from a high of about 150 right after Nashville Star. While the 50-year-old admits that he doesn’t recover from the travel like he did in his younger days, he remai - Werner Trieschmann - Arkansas Democrat Gazette


"BUDDY JEWELL/Somebody Who Would Die For You"


Writer: Mark Narmore/Adam Wheeler; Producer: none listed; Publisher: Sony-ATV Tree/Care Taker/Noble Vision, BMI/ASCAP; O’Reilly International
—That homeless vet you rushed past is somebody who would die for you. So is the father whose feelings you hurt. You can see where this is going, can’t you? The religious conclusion may be obvious, but this is a singer who can wring every drop of meaning from every line. Extremely well done. - Robert K. Oerman - Music Row Magazine


"Buddy Jewell - I Surrender All"

It's hard to believe that almost a decade has passed since Buddy Jewell made
Country Music history by becoming the first "Nashville Stac" Since then, the
Arkansas native has much to be thankful fOL
Jewell has never shied away from talking about his faith in his music, as
evidenced by his breakout hit "Help Pour Out The Rain." His latest release is an
album that takes many of his all-time favorite Gospel songs, and combines them
with some new original tunes to comprise an album that is sure to keep his faithful
following entertained.
Of the standards, he fares well on "I Surrender All," as well as a particularly moving version of "At Calvary" and "At The
Cross." The newer material is first-rate, as well. "Hell Bent and Heaven Bound" is a finely-crafted track, as is the touching
"Somebody Who Would Die For You." There's also the touching "When Mama Prayed," on which Jewell wrings the
emotion out of every lyric. All aiong the way, his vocal approach is as warm and strong as ever, which should lead to
some fine recognition inside the Country and Gospel community for this album!
For more information, log on to www.BuddyJewell.com - Chuck Dauphin - Music News Nashville


"Perfect New Mainstream Country Singer of the Decade"

Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewell , with his Waylon-esque good looks and his tender-tough demeanor, so reminiscent of Merle Haggard, may be the most perfect new mainstream country singer of the decade. His self-penned "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)" made history as the highest-charting debut single by a new artist since Wynonna's "She Is His Only Need" (1992), partly because of its sweet parent-child dynamic, but also because Jewell knows how to emotionally connect with listeners. Steeped in tradition in his native Arkansas and seasoned as a Nashville demo singer for the past eight years, he arrives at his debut as a full-blown artist, commanding on the deep-dish, rootsy material and confident with the MOR ballads. His sonorous baritone-bass gives wings to even the most routine songs, though producer Clint Black has outfitted him with some very fetching tunes, indeed, including the left-field "O'Reilly Luck," a Celtic-laced story-song about an Irishman who curses his fate when illness forces his family from boarding the Titanic. Jewell covers the usual romantic topics--heartbreak, the difference between the sexes--and offers a tip of the Stetson (and a little flip of the bird) in the good-natured "I Wanna Thank Everyone," which acknowledges his drive to succeed when everyone else dismissed him. Blessed with underdog charm through and through, this guy is a natural. --Alanna Nash
- Amazon.com


"Perfect New Mainstream Country Singer of the Decade"

Nashville Star winner Buddy Jewell , with his Waylon-esque good looks and his tender-tough demeanor, so reminiscent of Merle Haggard, may be the most perfect new mainstream country singer of the decade. His self-penned "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)" made history as the highest-charting debut single by a new artist since Wynonna's "She Is His Only Need" (1992), partly because of its sweet parent-child dynamic, but also because Jewell knows how to emotionally connect with listeners. Steeped in tradition in his native Arkansas and seasoned as a Nashville demo singer for the past eight years, he arrives at his debut as a full-blown artist, commanding on the deep-dish, rootsy material and confident with the MOR ballads. His sonorous baritone-bass gives wings to even the most routine songs, though producer Clint Black has outfitted him with some very fetching tunes, indeed, including the left-field "O'Reilly Luck," a Celtic-laced story-song about an Irishman who curses his fate when illness forces his family from boarding the Titanic. Jewell covers the usual romantic topics--heartbreak, the difference between the sexes--and offers a tip of the Stetson (and a little flip of the bird) in the good-natured "I Wanna Thank Everyone," which acknowledges his drive to succeed when everyone else dismissed him. Blessed with underdog charm through and through, this guy is a natural. --Alanna Nash
- Amazon.com


"'Times Like These'"

'Times Like These' is Buddy Jewell's sophomore album. Produced by Garth Fundis (Keith Whitley, Alabama, Don Williams & Trisha Yearwood), recorded at a more leisurely pace than his self-titled debut, it includes four tracks written or co-written by Buddy.
The first single, "If She Were Any Other Woman" has been on the charts for 12 weeks and sits at No. 35 this week with a bullet. The single has a more R&B feel to it that's different than any of Buddy's previous singles, and shows how he can sing many styles of music, and do it well.

On Buddy's first album, he had the song "Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey's Song)," inspired by his daughter, Lacey. He draws inspiration from his two other children on two tracks on this album. The first, "Addicted to the Rain," came from a conversation with his son, Buddy. The second, the title track, was inspired by son, Joshua.

There's not a bad song on this album, but I do have my favorites. "Me Lovin' You" is a great upbeat song -- 'I'll be faithful and true. That's what you love about me loving you.' "Dyess, Arkansas" reminds me of an old-time country song, like something Glen Campbell would sing. It talks about his love for his hometown. "You Ain't Doin' It Right" talks about living life to the fullest.

'Times Like These' does not disappoint. It's a good mix of ballads and uptempos, and takes its place among my Top 10 Albums of 2005. Great job, Buddy.
- About.com


"'Times Like These'"

'Times Like These' is Buddy Jewell's sophomore album. Produced by Garth Fundis (Keith Whitley, Alabama, Don Williams & Trisha Yearwood), recorded at a more leisurely pace than his self-titled debut, it includes four tracks written or co-written by Buddy.
The first single, "If She Were Any Other Woman" has been on the charts for 12 weeks and sits at No. 35 this week with a bullet. The single has a more R&B feel to it that's different than any of Buddy's previous singles, and shows how he can sing many styles of music, and do it well.

On Buddy's first album, he had the song "Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey's Song)," inspired by his daughter, Lacey. He draws inspiration from his two other children on two tracks on this album. The first, "Addicted to the Rain," came from a conversation with his son, Buddy. The second, the title track, was inspired by son, Joshua.

There's not a bad song on this album, but I do have my favorites. "Me Lovin' You" is a great upbeat song -- 'I'll be faithful and true. That's what you love about me loving you.' "Dyess, Arkansas" reminds me of an old-time country song, like something Glen Campbell would sing. It talks about his love for his hometown. "You Ain't Doin' It Right" talks about living life to the fullest.

'Times Like These' does not disappoint. It's a good mix of ballads and uptempos, and takes its place among my Top 10 Albums of 2005. Great job, Buddy.
- About.com


Discography

"Buddy Jewell" - Columbia Records 2003: Debuted #1 on Country Charts. Hits included "Sweet Southern Comfort" # 3 on R&R Country Charts and "Help Pour Out The Rain" #4 on R&R Country Chart and "One Step at a Time."

"Times Like These" - Columbia Records 2005: Hits include "If She Were Any Other Woman" and "So Gone."

"Country Enough" - Diamond Dust Records: 2008 Hits include "This Aint Mexico!" and "The Wheels Turn Slow."

April 2010 - "Somebody Who Would Die For You" 2 weeks at #1 on Chart Country and 4 weeks in Power Source Christian Country Chart Top 5.

"I Surrender All" Diamond Dust Records 2011: Hits include "Somebody Who Would Die For You" & "Jesus, Elvis and Me"(European Country #1 for 2 weeks December 2012)

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Bio

Buddy Jewell was voted the very first winner of the USA Network's reality-based hit TV show "Nashville Star". Buddy was the true viewer favorite from the premiere episode, capturing 65% of the nationwide voting and beating out 11 other contestants, most notably, MIRANDA LAMBERT, by over 2 MILLION votes on the final episode.

His self-titled Columbia Records release debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. It was certified GOLD and garnered two back-to-back top five hits with "Sweet Southern Comfort" and "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)" Both tunes are certified 1 million radio air plays.

Buddy has been recognized by the Grammy's, ACM’s, CMA’s and CMT  with multiple award nominations. In 2011, he won the International Country Gospel Music Association's “Entertainer of the Year” and “Crossover Artist of the Year” awards

Buddy Jewell gives back to his community and beyond on many levels, serving as past spokesperson for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, The World Orphans Day Foundation and Compassion International. He especially has a heart for children and actively supports several worthy causes including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Buddy is a proud American patriot and chooses to serve our nation as well. In December 2010, Buddy traveled with the Sergeant Major of the Army on an extensive USO tour to remote forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, visiting with and performing for our armed forces on the front lines.

Above all these things, Buddy is a proud father, a devoted husband and an outspoken Christ follower.

Contact and Booking Information

Email: bookings@buddyjewell.com

www.BuddyJewell.com

www.facebook.com/BuddyJewell


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