Jevon Rudder
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Jevon Rudder

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Pop Country




"Country Singer Soldier Jevon Rudder Plans New Album Release"

(PR) Lieutenant Jevon Rudder, an officer in the Canadian Military Reserve, is an unusually diverse man. He is also a professional entertainer – a country rock musician, father of two, military officer, and real Urban Cowboy.

He's now back home having just completing 3 months of advanced military training as part of his role in the reserves / homeland security. Fresh as a daisy he will be, hitting the road and ready for action with his new song "I Feel Country", a rocking high energy ballad as solid anything presently coming out of modern day Nashville, and the best material this reliable singer has ever produced.

A masterful writer of songs, Jevon Rudder hits the right notes with country rock that swells with vibrant energy and soul that captures the pride, hard work, and deep commitment of the soldiers and dedicated families all over North America.

The heart-pounding and foot stomping "I Feel Country" contains sharp, poignant lyrics such as

A Cup of Joe, at the crack of Dawn, and it's off to work all day.
Punch that clock, and bust our butts, and the Man takes half our pay.
I don't know all the rules, there ain't nothin',
You can do, to change my country attitude.
I feel country.
It don't matter if you're Black, White, Red or Brown,
Country music is our drug.

"I Feel Country" is a spit-and-polish-right-on-the-money portrait of a real life modern man and one of the strongest country rock musical testaments to the character and dedication of the men who serve to protect our freedom in the world.

Jevon has an innovative and inclusive country sound. He crosses over on the edge of hot, new country and pop/AC. His soulful voice blends beautifully with the underlying tones of pedal steel guitar. And his lyrics express the depth, and richness of his soul.

Proud father of two children Jevon lives with his wife in Toronto, Ontario Canada. He has continued to play his music while maintaining his obligations to the Army and family. His latest CD album, "The Good, The Bad and the Lucky", is planned for February 2010 release.

"Jevon Rudder- The Singing Soldier With A Country State Of Mind"

Some folks are born to the hard road and some seek it out as a soul-building experience. Then there are the ones like Jevon Rudder, who, for better or worse, have it both ways.

First, try being a black Country singer. Now try being a black Country singer from Scarborough in Toronto. Now try black Country singer from Scarborough enlisted in the army and proud to wear his uniform.

Can you say walking target for ignorant yobbos?

“I’ve been called a baby killer, a waste of space. One guy in Tim Horton’s even told me I should get out of Iraq. Where the Canadian army has never been. But for every one of those there have been other people that offered to buy me a coffee and expressed their gratitude.” notes the soft-spoken Rudder.

This rain of bullshit and bad mouth might have embittered many another man; what kept Rudder on the good foot was his family, his music and his belief in doing the right thing for his country.

One day in 2004, Jevon Rudder walked out of a high paying job consisting largely of strategy meetings that would morph into bitching sessions by a bunch of overpaid trough-feeders. Educated, idealistic and accustomed to sticking up for those ideals, he promptly went down to a recruitment centre and enlisted in the reserves.

He’d been playing music since a teenager, starting as a drummer and thereafter learning a bunch of other instruments. By the time he signed up, he was fairly well along in his songwriting, singing and production skills.

From the outset of his drumming with a rock band, the stereotyping and hurtful remarks started.

“ Guys would say, what you doing in a rock band? You should be in a r’n’b band or playing with a hip hop group. You’re a sellout. Well, you know what? The r'n'b people and the hip-hop people weren’t interested in me; they didn’t want to play with me. So I went and made music with people who were interested in playing with me."

“ Now that I’m a country singer. I have to prove myself all over again. You know the clichés; You can’t be black and be a country singer." In the finest Canadian musical tradition, Rudder’s message is being more eagerly embraced in the US where he’s logging radio play on 62 stations and ‘Country Style’ currently sits at #4 on the Country Downloads chart.

Another catchy single “ I Feel Country” was penned as a wry reminder that you don’t have to drive a pickup or wear a cowboy hat to uphold certain values.

“ It’s all about the values you live by and the values of family and love of country that Country music puts forward is fine by me.”

It gets even more interesting when doubters hear the music, since the ones who know a thing or two are expecting Charlie Pride and Rudder doesn’t do Charlie Pride-type Country.

Rudder’s Country is rough hewn, sweaty, hand on heart and just a little bit rock’n' soul.

Soul music was the genre closest to the songs Rudder was writing in this period. So it came as a considerable surprise when a close confidant listened to him do a short set at an event for his parents and then told Jevon, “You know you’re ac country singer?"

Once Rudder realized his pal wasn’t kidding, he refused to have anything to do with it. Eventually and with great reluctance, he cut a 10 song demo ’just to see what we come up with”.

The results are 10 of the songs on The Good, The Bad and The Lucky. As demonstrated on the album, the Rudder sound is a little more aggressive than traditional country, more Steve Earle/Waylon Jennings that Charlie Pride/Keith Urban. Not that he can’t bring an Urban touch or a hint of Brooks & Dunn when the occasion warrants.

All of this puts him much closer to Darius Rucker than to Pride and Rucker has done very well for himself since crossing over from pop singer with Hootie & The Blowfish to solo Country artist. In 2009 Rucker became the first African American to win the New Artist Award from the Country Music Association At a glance, the potential US future of Jevon Rudder looks very bright indeed.

“ Moving into being a country singer was easy, as I was doing it my way. I felt comfortable with the values and ideas and the basic approach. I was able to put into my music tastes from the other types of music that has influenced me. This is what I work from in crafting a Jevon Rudder song. It just has to sound like me; if you can hear it in my voice it doesn’t matter what colour I am”.
While ‘Country Style’ is the feel good hit bound single, the equally autobiographical ‘What Am I To You?’ is more revealing of Rudder’s deeper feelings. In it he asks us to take another, closer look at all the people around us, as the faces of war veteran have changed.

They're no longer the over 65 gang but today’s veteran, freshly home from a tour, is more likely to be in his early twenties. He might be a school teacher, the local mechanic, the building contractor down the street, all having done their service proudly and quietly and now back on civilian street.

The new logistics of Rudder’s life; music, school and the Army, dovetailed perfectly in Guelph, Ontario, home base of his artillery regiment and ground zero for a vital and creative music scene. Not only could he continue his studies for the degree needed to enter Officer Training, but his musical skills allowed Rudder to supplement his income by gigging around the city and surrounding areas, upon occasion roving as far as Oshawa.

“ Oh yeah, there’s such a demand for live music I quickly found out I had to learn a wide variety of covers. Seems like every bar has its own genre of music and if you play there, you’re expected to know the favourite hits they’d want to hear."

“ I found I couldn’t just get up and do covers. I enjoy learning the songs but when I do them in public, I do them my way. I wouldn’t feel right getting up there and doing a note for note cover. I bring a little something different to each and more than a few times I’ve had people come up and express their pleasure with the way I had played a song”.
The army has been equally welcoming to Rudder. " The guys in my regiment are amazing, they welcomed me right off and made me feel part of their family, because that’s what it is, your regiment becomes your second family and that’s a nice feeling for me."

“ I’ve twice volunteered to go overseas, specifically Afghanistan. But it’s not as easy as you might think, especially for a Reservist. Why would I go? Because I believe in what Canada is doing in Afghanistan. I strongly believe that we’re making a difference in the lives of some Afghan people. I like it that the Canadian Army is as involved in rebuilding Afghanistan as it is in a combat role”.

“ If I were sent overseas I would be very confident in my role because of the very high level of training Reservists receive. You look at things differently; you look for a solution that overcomes the obstacles; there’s no thought of losing. You’re not trained to lose.”

Rudder’s expected to stage a full-on launch of the album next year, ahead of a national tour but he’s in no rush to get it going.

“ A lot of things have to be in place before that happens. Throughout this project I haven’t settled. Once I have a clear goal in mind, I set out to accomplish it, not to settle for something else. So far I haven’t had to do that and I doubt that I will”.
- Cashbox Magazine - Canada


Album: The Good The Bad & The Lucky
Singles: Country Style, Oh Yeah



It's been over 40 years since Charley Pride broke on to the scene. Where have all the young Black Country Singers Gone?

EnterJevon Rudder, with his own Fresh new take on Country,

There are many good country singers, and many good country songs, but what Jevon brings is the embodiment of a performer, entertainer, singer, songwriter, rolled into one. Few can match what he brings to a stage. Known on the local Toronto circuit as a bit of a hell raiser. His songs are inspirational, truthful, and painful all at the same time. His style is a blend of country, pop, rock but with an obvious 'Northern Touch'.

Born and raised in multicultural Toronto, it took Jevon a bit of time to find his Country calling growing up in Scarborough, you just didnt hear much country I never really had an opportunity to find out whether it was for me or not. Jevon has always been either the drummer or the guitar player in a band. Co-writing for the group and sharing the limelight. After a few bad breakups, he decided it was time to go solo, and sing the stuff that was really important to him. He has been on a roll ever since. When his album finally drops later this year, everyone will know his name.

Jevon chose the Title of his upcoming album The Good, The Bad, and the Lucky to represent the many aspects to his life, which have made him who he is: some good, some bad, and some lucky. Traditionally known for his soulful rock ballads, Jevon has finally made the move to country. I have always loved Country, but just never thought a young Black man from Toronto would be taken seriously in the field. Jevon would love to bring Country back to a black audience. And with his powerful vocals, insightful lyrics, and smooth style, he is the closest thing to an inclusionary voice that we have heard in a very long time. A voice destined to Rock the New Country Charts, for a very long time.

Jevons lyrics are always about his life, relationships, and generally whats going on in his life at the time. The upcoming album is a collection of thoughts and emotions based on a variety of relationships the good, the bad and the lucky. The lyrics are designed to provoke, and makes us reflect and wonder about our own inner feelings & motivations for doing what we do.

"Calling it Love...isn't it funny what we all go through...for a little slap and tickle" says Jevon with a wry smile.

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