Jelly Roll has become a country music sensation, topping the country charts, winning his first CMA award, and being nominated for a couple of GRAMMY Awards, one in the all-genre New Artist category and the other in the Best Country Duo/Group for his collaboration “Save Me” with Lainey Wilson.
Everyone, including his fellow country stars, is talking about him. Luke Bryan told us his thoughts on Jelly when we interviewed him recently. He said, “Jelly Roll and I have been at some events together. We hung out at a backstage festival a month and a half ago briefly. I think what Jelly Roll embodies and represents is something really, really special. When I’m around him, the way he holds himself. You are just drawn to him. He’s such a star in that role.”
Bryan added, “Every time I’m around the guy, he’s just so intriguing and interesting. I think his form of country music speaks to a potentially forgotten box of people in country music, and he’s able to really speak to that crowd.”
He continued, “What makes him special is, as a fan, you get to see into his world, which is a world of a lot of people, and I think that’s what you have to do to rise where he has risen. To speak to people and tell your story honestly. He tells his story the good, the bad, and the ugly, and I think that’s what people love about him. You know, life’s journey is not all squeaky, clean, and beautiful, with no bumps in the road. I think he lets a lot of people not feel alone.”
It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the native Nashvillian. Jelly took fan questions on his Insta Stories not long ago and touched on several subjects, including his mental health, after wrapping his headlining “Backroad Baptism Tour” and why he is going without his phone through the end of the year.
When a fan asked about his mental health, Jelly replied, “This is probably too honest, but exhausted and unstable. Definitely when I get through the holidays, and I’ve got a lot of stuff to do between now and the holidays, but when I get through the holidays, I really need to take some personal time.”
Jelly Roll talked about the importance of therapy in a recent interview on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Jelly described himself as an “old-school Southern man.” He noted that his relationship with God and faith are also key parts of his evolution.
Jelly added that he believes in “God and therapy.” He said he is “extremely open-minded” in his “old age.” Jelly offered, “I quit searching to be happy, and I started searching to be useful.” That’s when everything changed for him, and he strives to “be a man of service” and to help people.
We all know his country hit songs like “Son of A Sinner,” “Need A Favor,” and the duet remix of his song “Save Me” with Lainey Wilson. As we continued celebrating this unique and gracious artist, we thought we would get familiar with some of his songs before he made such a significant mark in country music.