- 02:25 PM, Feb 14
Jerrod Niemann was influenced by country music since his early age. Born in Harper, Kansas, he pursued his music career by auditioning for talent shows and finally made it to the finals in 1996 for singing Tracy Lawrence's hit single "Texas Tornado". While attending college, he performed in Texan clubs and bars until he released a an indie album "Long Hard Road". There was not much to be told from the effort except the fact that it mirrored his long journey in music industry.
A year after, Niemann moved to Nashville, Tennessee in hopes to get a record deal. Indeed, he got what he wanted as Mercury Records signed him. After a while staying in the company but still having no chance to make an album, he decided to go indie and dropped "Jukebox of Hard Knocks" in 2004. Two years later, he inked a deal with Category 5. His first single "I Love Women (My Momma Can't Stand)" was released, but the album "Behind This Microphone" where it was supposed to appear was scrapped because the company was closed.