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JD is a Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist out of Nashville, TN. 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 Dad, was in the USAF and a Veitnam Vet. He worked for TWA, then American Airlines. His Mom was a Nurse and cared for the elderly. 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 family. JD's Uncle was a Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist. His Uncle performed all around the Ozarks, then the Ozark Jubilee which led to a later appearance on the Porter Wagoner show. Which led him to Nashville and with the help of Ernest Tubb he found his own spot in Country Music. His Uncle was signed to and opened up for some pretty big names in country music, such as Don Williams and Waylon Jennings which he had a top 20 hit on country radio.
As a young boy JD first sang with his Uncle, then in church and participated in the choir. Which they thought he always had a very unique voice. 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 after graduation he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps so he attended 2 yrs of Aeronautical School. In his young adult life he dealt with a lot of trials and battles, seeing tragedy at a young age. It started one weekend before July 4th, JD and his childhood best were traveling down a lake country road near his cousins 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 reached over, grabbed the wheel before going off an embankment, he tried to get it on the road, but they hit a tree head on at nearly 60 mph. The truck truck came to a rest stretched across the road, up against the tree. Through all the broken glass and twisted metal, sparks flying and the smell of gas, JD was injured and bleeding badly. He barely got the door open but managed to stumble his way around to the drivers side, he opened the door, tried to wake up his friend, but no response. He reached in, got under his arms and pulled him out from behind the wheel of the mangled truck. In fear the truck was going to ignite in flames he dragged him away, laying him on the ground. He was bleeding and unresponsivie, then he stopped breathing, JD attempted CPR, but it was too late. His childhood best friend died in his arms.
He had to relive that horrific night for several days when he was called to testify against the man who committed this malicious act of violence. Several years later, he met an incredible woman and after a few years of dating they were married. As they started to settle into their new lives together they got some devastating news. She was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. He remained by her through the battle but she passed away 7 mos later while he was by her bedside. Dealing with the loss of her, a short 10 months later he had to face the untimely death of his oldest brother. Being brought up in a Christian home, he tried to hold onto his faith, but admits, he ended up battling some dark times, pulled away from everyone and felt buried. He states, it took him a while to find himself, only to later realize he wasn't buried but actually planted. All in order for God to have him grow and become the person he wanted him to be. He states that each trial, was a stepping stone to prepare him for the next battle. His faith grew stronger, he and his parents grew closer and became 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.
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 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. He feels God wants to use what he's faced as a testimony along with his music to reach and help others. That's why he has made the move to Inspirational/Country. "For me, it's not about money or fame but reaching and touching people. If my story or one of my songs can help others or even lead 1 person to Jesus then it's all worth it. Of course making a living at it would be a blessing. My ultimate goal to be invited to Perform on The Grand Ole Opry and hopefully asked back time and time again.
JD finished his first EP (Too Far From Heaven) in late 2016 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. JD had plans to finish his first Inspirational/Country Album but that was put on hold. He recently had to deal with the loss of his Dad who was his Hero. He passed away February 2018 and that's been extremely difficult but his Dad's wish was to continue on with his music and try to get signed and tour. So plans to finish the Christian/Country album have been postponed till Late Spring/Early Summer 2018. This new album will have 6 new songs along with Too Far From Heaven from the EP and the Current Song which will be the title track"My Last Prayer". There is hopes that it will be going out to Radio Stations late summer of 2018. They are working on 2018 tour dates that will be scheduled through out the South and Southeast. and hopes to do a overseas tour to the UK, Japan and Canada.