For years Jason Aldean was an outlier in country music. His sound did not have either the twang of old school country or the pop sound of country from the 2000’s. Finally, when his version of country storytelling mixed with country rock instrumentals caught on, it really caught on!
He shares in this interview how he knew what he liked and what sounded good to him. When record producers told Aldean they didn’t get his sound, he hung on. He believed in himself. It was good to hear that message. So many times we know in our gut what feels right for us and our path even when others don’t get it. His words were a good reminder to me to hang on…believe in myself…knowing that believing in oneself is what brings others around.
Aldean also talks about his concert in Las Vegas last year that was violently interrupted by a shooter from a hotel window. He visited the people who were shot at his concert and keeps in touch with families of those who were killed. His actions are a good reminder of what prioritizing people and relationships look like.
I recommend listening to the entire 30-minute interview. You don’t need to like country music – just authentic people.