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JD is a Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist out of Nashville, TN. For him it really is all about the music. In his young adult life he experienced tragedy, trauma and turmoil. Now he opens up that private side of his life to share his story and the battles he faced.
His songwriting has been described as; Genuine and easy to identify with. / No doubt that he writes with a raw emotion and an unflinching truth. / A listener has no doubt that the subject is real and there's an absolute sincerity that comes out in his delivery.
JD was born and raised in Missouri, he is the youngest of 3 boys. Growing up in a middle class family his Father worked for American Airlines and his Mother was a Nurse. Like any American kid he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and riding dirt bikes on the trails with his Dad and brothers. JD's Grandfather was friends with Ernest Tubb, Porter Wagoner, and Red Foley. So his love of music comes from his Grandparents, Parents and his late Uncle who was a Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist. His Uncle performed on the Ozark Jubilee which earned his way to an appearance on the Porter Wagoner show before making it to Nashville and performing in Ernest Tubb Record Shop. His Uncle worked his way to open up for some pretty big names in country music and earning his spot on country radio.
As a young boy JD first sang with his Uncle. Then in church, participated in the choir and took the lead on a few songs. He started writing poems and with the help of his Uncle he wrote his first song after graduating High School. He started dreaming of becoming a professional songwriter, making a living with music and one day being invited to perform on The Grand Ole Opry. However he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps so he attended Aeronautical School. However that wasn't in the plans for him. In his young adult life he dealt with a lot of trials and battles, seeing tragedy at a young age. One weekend before July 4th he and his best friend were traveling down a lake country road near his cousins lake cabin, when his best friend was shot and killed for no reason. He heard a couple loud bangs and thought it was fireworks. The truck accelerated rapidly, started to go off the road, when JD told him to turn the truck, he didn't respond. JD grabbed the wheel before going off an embankment, he tried to get it on the road, but they hit a tree at nearly 60 mph. Being injured himself, through all the broken glass and twisted metal, sparks flying and the smell of gas pouring JD managed to get out and he stumbled around to the drivers side, opened the door and pulled his best out from behind the wheel of the mangled truck, in fear it was going to ignite in flames. After dragging him away, laying him on the ground, he attempted to start CPR, but it was too late. His best friend who he knew since grade school, died in his arms. He realized he had severe trauma to the back of the head. Then later learned he had been shot. He had to relive that horrific night for several days when he had to testify against the man who committed this malicious act of violence. Several years later, he met his future wife and a few years after that they were married. As they started to settle into their new lives together, a month and a half later passed when she was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, he remained by her side through her battle but she passed away 7 mos later while he was by her bedside. Dealing with the loss of her, 10 months later he had to face the untimely death of his oldest brother. Being brought up in a Christian home, even through all of that, he tried to hold onto his faith, but admits, he ended up battling some dark times, pulled away from others and just felt buried. He states, it took him a while to find himself and only later to realize he wasn't buried but actually planted. All in order for God to have him grow ane become the person he wants him to be. He states that each trial, was just a stepping stone to prepare him for the next battle. His faith grew stronger, he and his parents grew closer and today they are 2 of his best friends. Music and songwriting was his release. Those experiences certainly gave him a lot to write about. His feelings poured out of his heart with words and rhyme.
JD had a lot of influences in music, from Singer/Songwriters to other Recording Artist, those included George Strait, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Chris LeDoux, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Songwriters Tim Nichols, Dean Dillon and the legendary late Kim Williams who JD had the pleasure of meeting in 2015 thanks to a co-writer.
JD actually got his start working behind the scenes as security at some concerts and handled some recording artist who ended up having big careers. He was invited to Nashville, where he was shown around and introduced to other songwriters and people who shared the same passion. Once he got a taste of Nashville and the music making process, he was hooked. He completed formal training and became certified in Celebrity, Executive and Dignitary Protection. He worked as a Professional Handler for some major recording artist. Many trips and years trying to make the move to Nashville, the best decision was to split his time between Nashville and Missouri and for 3 solid years he done just that. Working to become a better songwriter and with each stay it became harder for him to leave with all the new opportunities. He knew where he needed to be and his heart and soul was in music. He was offered a publishing deal so he broke the news to his family. A couple months later he packed up everything and made the permanent move to Nashville to follow his dreams. Shortly after settling in, the deal fell apart. However he knew this was home. Over the years he has had the opportunity to write with some hit songwriters. He has even had a couple holds on his songs by a few major artists. For a day job JD worked as a line-haul truck driver at FedEx Ground pulling doubles up and down the interstates, which he states allows him to follow his dream and when on the road, his Boxer "Tripp" is by his side. He states most of the ideas for songs have come to him while being behind the wheel of a truck.
JD says, "I feel very blessed for all I've been through and all I have". Especially having the loving support of my family who understand what it takes and the sacrifices you have to make to accomplish your goals. With the tough roads he's traveled down he is now on the right one and working to live his dream. One dream he still has, it's not about money or fame. It's being invited and getting to perform on the Grand Ole Opry. JD finished his first EP (Too Far From Heaven) that is produced by Kent Wells, who is a 2x Grammy Nominated Producer. Wells has worked with Reba, Brooks and Dunn and currently produces Dolly Parton. He is also her lead guitar player and band leader. JD co-wrote 5 of the 6 songs on the EP including the title track. It's one that is very personal to him. It's recorded in memory of his late wife. You can purchase the EP here on the website.
JD closed on his first home in Jan, 2017 in Hendersonville, TN. He had critical surgery on his neck in September 2017 and has been recovering. He feels God wants to use what he's faced as a testimony along with his music to help others. "If my story or one of my songs can help people or even help lead 1 person to Jesus, then it's worth it". JD is going back in the studio in 2018 to finish recording his Christian/Country album that will have 6 new songs including the current song which is the title track "My Last Prayer" and that will be going out to Radio Stations in 2018. Some 2018 tour dates are going to be scheduled.