Nashville Music Guide’s Artists to Watch 2023

The country crossover hitmaker, Jelly Roll is no stranger to the music industry but the strides he made in 2022 land him a spot as an artist to watch in 2023. He opened for large tours, his first country hit single, “Son of a Sinner” landed number one on the charts this January and his recent performance at Nashville’s esteemed Bridgestone Arena and Ryman Auditorium – making him the 3rd rap act behind Wu-Tang & Common to play the Mother Church – are huge nods in his career.

He is determined to use 2023 to debut new music and further solidify himself as a leading musician in the country genre.

“Well, for me, it’s about planting the flag to show people that I am here to stay,” Jelly Roll explained. “I think we’ve done a really good job of getting people to see where we’re going, and now, we gotta get them to watch where we are and go with us where we’re heading to. That’s the goal.”

During a recent interview with Music Mayhem, Jelly Roll opened up about his debut Country album, which he said is expected to arrive in “April or May [of 2023].”

“I’m really proud of it. I’m going to have some features on it. It’s a country record for sure,” he told us. “It’ll be my debut country album. I’m kind of really excited about taking my first real big leap into the genre. I think ‘Son of a Sinner’ was just kind of showing people what I could do, but we also got some real kind of rock records on there, some real kind of rocky records on there. And we’ll have a couple of songs where I’m spitting a little bit too. So it’s still true to Jelly Roll for sure.”

Jelly Roll, whose real name is Jason DeFord, currently has no headlining tour dates on the books, however, he is expected to appear at several festivals this summer, including Tailgate N’ Tallboys BloomingtonTailgate N’ Tallboys Clinton, and TidalWave Music Festival.

Label: Stoney Creek/BMG Nashville; Jelly Roll is co-managed by War Dog Management and Emagen Entertainment Group, and signed with BMG for publishing and CAA for booking.

Hot Release: “Son of a Sinner” & “Need a Favor”

If you like: Brantley Gilbert, Kid Rock, Post Malone

Stay in Touch: | | Twitter/Instagram: @JellyRoll615

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