Jeff Carson – LIVE at Homestead Hall
Singer Jeff Carson is known for a string of country music chart toppers including songs such as “Not on Your Love,” “The Car,” and “Holdin’ Onto Somethin’.” In 1996, Carson won the ACM Video of the Year for “The Car.” Other songs include “Real Life (I Never Was the Same Again),” “Yeah Buddy,” “Do It Again,” and “Scars and All.”
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Gravette, Arkansas, Carson spent his childhood playing harmonica and guitar and singing in church. While he was in high school, he and his friends formed a band to play their school’s talent show, performing the Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road.” After the ad hoc group won second place, Carson was convinced to pursue a musical career. Following his high-school graduation, he entered a talent contest at an entertainment complex called Ozark Mountain Music in Rogers, AR. Although he didn’t come in first, the winner asked Carson to play in his house band. For the next four years, he played with the outfit, until they finally disbanded.
Carson moved to Branson, MO, where he played bass in local bands and started writing his own songs. In Branson, he met and married his wife, Kim Cooper, who encouraged him to move to Nashville. Kim had a friend who played at the Opryland Hotel and his group Texana needed a bassist — hence, Carson moved to Music City in 1989. After some persuasion, he convinced the hotel to book him as a solo act. Around the same time, he signed a songwriting deal with Little Big Town Music and began singing on demo tapes for a variety of companies. Eventually, publisher/producer Chuck Howard heard Carson’s original material and signed a publishing and development deal with him. By 1994, Jeff had signed with Curb Records.
The former number one record holder retired in 2009 to work as a community police officer in Franklin, Tennessee after experiencing the tragedy of 9/11.
Jeff Carson touts two full careers of work that have allowed him to do the two things that he loves – music and police work.
Over the past few years, Carson has returned to performing music, released a music video for the hit song, “The Car,” and re-recorded “God Save The World,” a song he had recorded previously with Lisa Brokop in 2003.
“I’m grateful that people remember me and when I play shows. They bring old pictures they had taken with me from Fan Fair or a show I did near them. It is touching to see these pictures from the fans and know they still remembered me and loved my music.”
Carson says there have been no regrets with either of his career decisions. “I have had the best of both worlds and feel very fortunate that I have had the opportunity of doing two things that I continue to love.”