Jason Michael Carroll to Perform National Anthem at Return to DAP May 10th
Country music star & North Carolina native Jason Michael Carroll will sing the National Anthem when the Bulls play at the Historic Durham Athletic Park on May 10th.
The Durham Bulls recently announced country music star Jason Michael Carroll will perform the national anthem on Monday, May 10, 2010, when the Bulls take on the Toledo Mud Hens at the Historic Durham Athletic Park.
The North Carolina native had a chart-topping debut album, Waitin’ in the Country, nearing a half-million in sales, three hit singles from that album (all of which he wrote or co-wrote), a Gold ringtone certification, and opening spots on some of country’s hottest tours.
Now, with the April 2009 release of his sophomore album, Growing Up Is Getting Old (Arista Nashville), he fulfills the promise of his first record and takes his career a big step forward. Growing Up Is Getting Old found Carroll once again working with producer Don Gehman, known for his work with Hootie and the Blowfish, John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, and R.E.M.
A Carolina-born preacher’s son raised in a strict household, Carroll threw himself whole-heartedly into life and music when he got the chance. The resulting tension between experience and responsibility, and the hard-won wisdom that grows out of the maturing process have always infused the music he makes.
He was not allowed to listen to secular music growing up in North Carolina. In fact, his father once took him to task for having a copy of Billy Ray Cyrus’s first record, but through friends and later at his job in a motor shop, he immersed himself in music and found himself drawn to country.
After winning a radio station’s karaoke contest, Carroll was asked to join a local country band in need of a singer. He began paying his dues in clubs, and his mother, who was by then encouraging his dream, signed him up for a televised talent show in Raleigh/Durham, FOX 50’s “Gimme the Mike”. He won, and the visibility opened doors for him.
Soon, Carroll was signed to Arista Nashville, and his first album, Waitin’ in the Country, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His first two singles, “Alyssa Lies” and “Livin’ Our Love Song,” shot into the Top 5. He opened for Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, and Alan Jackson, and became part of the 2008 tours of Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. He was also featured on Good Morning America, thrilled the crowd at the CMA Music Festival, and has played multiple times at the Grand Ole Opry.
Tickets for the 7:05pm game between the Bulls and Mud Hens on May 10 are available now at www.durhambulls.com or by phone at (919) 956-BULL.
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & graphic.