- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
Jason Aldean was born on February 28, 1977. After his parents, Barry and Debbie, were divorced, he mainly lived with his mother in Macon, Georgia. During the summer, he would spend time with his father in Homestead, Florida.
Jason learned how to play guitar during his brief stay with his father in the summer. When his father went to work, he would pick up the guitar and a note of guitar chords left by his father for him to learn. His favorite songs at that time were George Strait's "The Cowboy Rides Away", Hank Williams Jr.'s "The Blues Man", and Alabama's "My Home's in Alabama".
Realizing that Jason indeed has a talent in music, his parents both supported and encouraged him to develop his skill. When he was 14 and wanted to perform on-stage after watching Country Music Awards on TV, his mother tried to get him singing at a local event for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). At the VFW, Jason sang John Anderson's song "Seminole Wind" and Tracy Lawrence's "Sticks and Stones". The audience, all ten, applauded him and that made him even more drawn into music.
After graduating from high school, Jason and his band performed at several small events with the help from his father. With bandmate Justin Weaver, he began writing his own songs and later performed them during a showcase taking place at Atlanta's nightclub The Buckboard.
Jason was approached by Michael Knox from Warner-Chappell song-publishing company and signed to it at the age of 21. A month after signing a deal, he moved to Music City and was offered a recording contract but was subsequently dropped. He inked a new deal with another label but again was dropped.
Three years went by and Jason still hadn't recorded any studio album. His chance came in 2004 when he was offered a deal by Broken Bow Records in Nashville. He worked on an album titled "Jason Aldean" and dropped it in early 2005. The record contained chart-topping singles such as "Why", "Hicktown" and "Amarillo Sky". In 2006, he was named Top New Male Vocalist at Academy of Country Music Awards.
In 2007, Jason entered studio with producer Michael Knox to record songs for his sophomore effort "Relentless". The album debuted at number four on Billboard Hot 200 and landed atop Country Albums chart. His singles in the album include "Johny