Tuesday, Sept. 6, marks but one day in a year of career highs for Broken Bow recording artist Jason Aldean. It’s the day when the superstar heard his name read in five categories for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards.”
With five nods in 2011, Aldean shares honors as top nominee with three fellow artists, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Aldean is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for his smash My Kinda Party, Single and Musical Event of the Year for his Kelly Clarkson-duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” and the Country Music industry’s top prize – CMA’s Entertainer of the Year. Each nomination represents Aldean’s first appearance in each respective category. Aldean has been previously nominated for the Horizon Award in 2007 and in 2008 when the category changed names to New Artist of the Year. In addition to Aldean’s nominations, his No. 1 hit “Dirt Road Anthem” earned a Song of the Year nomination for songwriters Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford.
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On August 30th at the Nashville BMI headquarters, friends, colleagues, and industry members surrounded Jason Aldean to celebrate his most recent of seven number one hits, “Dirt Road Anthem.” It has been a landmark year for Jason Aldean whose fourth album My Kinda Party is the undisputed top-selling Country album for the first eight months of 2011.
The native Georgian has demonstrated a lifelong passion for music, playing his first gig at the young age of 14. Years later, in 1998, he signed a songwriting contract with Warner-Chapell Publishing and moved to Nashville. In his early years, Aldean struggled with several failed recording contracts and seriously considered leaving his Nashville music career behind. Then, producer Michael Knox implored him to sign with an independent label, Broken Bow Records. Together the pair has produced a unique blend of sounds and genres that has taken the music industry by storm. Recent collaborations with Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, and rapper Ludacris on “Dirt Road Anthem” as well as his harmonic duet with Kelly Clarkson in “Don’t You Wanna Stay” illustrate the vast musical talent that has shuttled Aldean into success.
Fans of ACC football will hear Aldean this season as his No. 1 single “My Kinda Party” has been selected to precede all ACC football telecasts this season – on 71 TV affiliates across 27 states – a distinction that sees Aldean joining the ranks of former featured musicians Chris Brown and Brooks & Dunn.
Aldean’s ability to integrate a variety of musical sounds into the Country genre has proven his naysayers wrong and promises to thrill fans in his future endeavors. Selling over 5 million albums to date and selling out many of his 2011 tour dates months in advance, Aldean has certainly come a long way, and he recognizes and appreciates his career growth. On July 26, Aldean reached out to his fans on Twitter to thank them for their continued support…so far, hinting at a long and exciting future career:
“@JasonAldean: 6 years ago today, my first album was released. Thank you guys for an amazing ride so far.”