Sunday, April 29, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jason Aldean

Artist:Jason Aldean f/Kelly Clarkson
Song:Don't You Wanna Stay
Album:My Kinda Party

Country singer Jason Aldean crossed over to pop in a big way with this 2010 hit Don't You Wanna Stay. Of course Kelly Clarkson has become a pop star since winning the first season of American Idol. No doubt her fanbase had a lot to do with this song's success. But Aldean was doing well already. He was born Jason Aldine Williams Feb. 28, 1977 in Macon, GA. His parents divorced and he learned to play guitar while spending summers with his dad in Homestead, FL. He started performing in Atlanta clubs after graduating high school. Warner-Chappel exec Michael Knox signed Aldean to a publishing deal in 1998 and Aldean moved to Nashville. Knox would later become his producer. He had two record deals that didn't work out until he signed with Benny Brown's Broken Bow Records in 2004. Why was his first number one country hit in 2006 and that launched a string of hits. Don't You Wanna Stay is from Aldean's 2010 album My Kinda Party. It topped the Country Singles chart and reached #31 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Jason Sellers, Andy Gibson and Paul Jenkins. Sellers started out as the bassist for Vince Gill and recorded a couple of solo albums in the 90s. Since then he has been a session bassist and has written songs for others. Gibson is a singer songwriter who just signed with Curb Records. Sellers says the song was written for Gibson but he played it for Aldean who wanted to record it. Aldean and Knox decided to record it as a duet and Kelly Clarkson was their first choice. They didn't try to change her singing style which is why the record is more power ballad than country song. Aldean has rock elements in his music anyway. Aldean and Clarkson performed it on the CMA Awards show and Aldean crossed over to pop. My Kinda Party was certified 2XPlatinum and the single Dirt Road Anthem was Aldean's first top ten pop hit. Jason Aldean is married with two daughters and is currently on tour. I expect he will record new music when the tour finishes. Here is Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson performing Don't You Wanna Stay on the CMA Awards show Nov. 10, 2010.

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