Jerrod Niemann Celebrates No. 1

Jerrod, (sister) Amy Jo, (mother) Esther, (father) Jerry photo by KENDRA GENE MOTYCKA

Jerrod Niemann is in an enviable position that most new artists would love to be in—his album Jerrod & the Hung Jury topped the Billboard country albums chart, and his debut single from that album, “Lover, Lover” crowned the country singles chart. But as the adage goes, there are no overnight successes. Jerrod has spent the better part of the last decade getting his career off the ground, and earned the support of a string of industry professionals along the way, many of whom came out to the recent BMI No. 1 party to celebrate the success of “Lover, Lover.”

After a hearty welcoming applause from the industry crowd, Jerrod took the stage with BMI’s Jody Williams to thank his industry friends, and displayed his quick wit. “Thank you, you're beautiful. Well, most of you,” he quipped. Growing serious, he added, “This song not only changed my life but other peoples' lives as well.” He thanked the staff at BMI, his record label's radio promotions team and pop group Sonia Dada founder and “Lover, Lover” songwriter Daniel Pritzker, who flew in for the party. “I want to stress today that a great song—and I didn't write it, so I can say it—a great piece of art can translate to many different people,“ said Jerrod.

Interestingly, “Lover, Lover” went to No. 1 exactly 10 years after Jerrod moved to Nashville to begin his songwriting and recording career. Speaking of what seems to be the “10-year” rule during a press conference prior to the celebration, Jerrod said, “That’s the last thing you want to hear when you come to Nashville. For me, it did take a long time, but it made it worth a lot more. I find myself every day being faced with obstacles that I guess I can turn around and reach in to my past and to things that I’ve experienced to deal with those situations. For 10 years, I think it was just preparing you for situations that you can either sink or swim in. Luckily, I get to be in Nashville and write with guys and girls who have contributed to the great music that has been coming out of Nashville. At the end of the day, I’m glad I have the opportunity to work with so many creative people.”

Several of those creative co-writers have become dear friends who turned out to support Jerrod’s success. Among the well wishers in the crowd were Kix Brooks, Jamey Johnson and Lee Brice. Jerrod’s parents and sister also attended the celebration.

Jerrod is gearing up to head out on Gary Allan’s Get Off on the Pain Tour, with longtime friend Randy Houser. “Someone like Gary Allan, who’s had a wonderful career representing our format for so long . . . When someone trusts you to be part of a tour like that, it’s a huge honor. I’m just excited to get up there and perform in front of people,” he said with a laugh. “And of course Randy is one of my best friends and I get to hear great music from great artists every night.”

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