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Web Exclusive: Aiming High

In this Internet exclusive, Jason Michael Carroll talks touring, fame and the sound of his own voice

In a revealing article from the April 21 issue of Country Weekly, Jason Michael Carroll discusses how he manages the tricky balancing act between fame and fatherhood. Here are a few exclusive Internet-only excerpts from our interview with Jason, whose new hit “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” is the third from his debut album, Waitin’ in the Country.

On His Voice

“I’m not the biggest fan of my own voice, but I’ve heard that a lot of people who sing don’t like their own voice. Maybe it’s just what we hear. But I’m glad other people are. To me, it’s not so much about enjoying what I’m hearing, it’s about enjoying what I’m doing and everybody else enjoying it.”

On Fame

“It’s amazing to see exactly how far we’ve come in a short amount of time. We signed the record deal in December 2005, and spent all of 2006 recording the album. To see what a great year 2007 was for us, with ‘Alyssa Lies’ and ‘Living Our Love Song’ and becoming Billboard’s top new country artist of the year, it’s overwhelming.”

On His Concerts

“I try to entertain as many people as I can. Entertainment is one of my top priorities. I love getting to perform for people night after that night that are expecting ‘Livin’ Our Love Song’ or ‘Alyssa Lies,’ and then giving them what I think is so much more than that, to show them how diverse it is, how we can filter these songs into a more rockin’ show. We can get ‘em up out of their seats with songs like our new single, ‘I Can Sleep When I’m Dead.’”

On Touring with Alan Jackson and Brook & Dunn

“One of the biggest thrills we had was being out [on tour last year] with Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn. I really think we had a big hand in getting people into their seats a lot earlier. Brooks & Dunn’s camp was so cool to us. Most opening acts only get 20 minutes, and they gave us a little more time each night to get out there and do what we wanted to do. That was really cool, so I’m grateful to those guys. I’ve been friends with Kix [Brooks] for a while now, and Ronnie [Dunn] is such a great guy. I got the chance to work out with them a few times while we were on the road. Alan Jackson’s manager came up to me one day and said, ‘Alan wants to meet you. He asked for a copy of your CD yesterday.’ I thought that was one of the coolest things—Alan Jackson asked for a copy of my CD! So hopefully we’ll get a chance to work with those guys again.”