Jelly Roll

From Drug Addiction to Country Star: The Inspirational Rise of Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll, born as Jason DeFord in Nashville, has recently gained immense popularity with his brutally honest song “Need a Favor.” However, his success didn’t come overnight. He had to overcome a dark past filled with violence and drug addiction, making his current triumph all the more rewarding. This article delves into Jelly Roll’s musical journey, from his early days as a hip hop artist to his latest album “Whitsitt Chapel,” where he explores country music for the first time, providing real music for real people with real problems.

From Hip Hop to Country Music: A Transformative Journey

Jelly Roll’s music career began in 2010 as a hip hop artist, but his life took a darker turn during his teens and early twenties. He got entangled in a world of violence and drug addiction, starting with weed and cough syrup, and eventually spiraling into cocaine and Xanax. This turbulent period led to multiple brushes with the law, including arrests on charges of robbery and drug possession with intent to distribute. Despite these challenges, Jelly Roll persevered.

A Turning Point: Self Medicated Album and Singing Debut

In 2020, Jelly Roll released the album “Self Medicated,” marking a turning point in his musical journey. It was the first time he sang instead of rapping, showcasing a different side of his artistry. The album’s introspective and emotive lyrics revealed a vulnerable side of Jelly Roll, resonating with his growing fanbase.

Whitsitt Chapel: A Real Music Journey

With his latest album “Whitsitt Chapel,” Jelly Roll takes a bold step into the realm of country music. While this is his seventh full-length album, it represents a significant departure from his previous work. He describes it as “real music for real people with real problems,” capturing the essence of his life experiences in his soulful songs.

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An Exclusive Look at Jelly Roll’s Influences

On an exclusive takeover of Triple M Country, Jelly Roll will showcase his music and discuss the inspirations behind “Need a Favor.” He fondly recalls how music played a therapeutic role in his childhood home, shaping his outlook on life and influencing his approach to songwriting. “Whitsitt Chapel” serves as a tribute to the music that inspired him during his formative years.



Jelly Roll’s musical journey is a testament to the power of perseverance and reinvention. From a troubled past to a promising future, he has transformed his life and career, embracing country music as a means to connect with his audience on a deeper level. Through honesty and vulnerability, Jelly Roll has captivated listeners, providing them with a genuine and relatable musical experience. As he continues to grow as an artist, there’s no doubt that his story will inspire many, proving that music can be a potent force for healing and self-discovery. Catch Jelly Roll’s exclusive takeover on Triple M Country this Friday at 9 am to witness the magic of his music firsthand.

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