Buddy Jewell burst onto the country music scene in 2003 when he won the coveted title of USA Network's first ever Nashville Star. A true crowd favorite from the premiere episode to the finale, TV audiences and critics alike fell in love with Buddy Jewell's gentility, enthusiasm and true musical passion.
Buddy's self-titled debut album on Columbia Records was certified gold, and garnered two back-to-back Top 5 hits with "Sweet Southern Comfort" and "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song.)" Buddy Jewell debuted at No. 1 on the top country album charts, and was recognized by the Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association and CMT Awards with multiple nominations.
"There are thousands of people who move to Nashville every year trying to do what I do and what I have gotten to do," says Jewell. "I look back at my time on Nashville Star and I'm thankful for it. It opened so many doors for me, and introduced me to my fans. That experience was, and will continue to be, a very important part of my career. I'm now moving forward musically with a confidence I wouldn't have, if not for my experience with Nashville Star."
Jewell's fan base is stronger than ever. The success of that relationship has always been built on mutual respect and admiration. Jewell remains as immensely loyal to them as they to him. "They are amazing," says Jewell of his fans. "They have followed me and supported me through thick and thin. They have kept me motivated, and I'm grateful to them for that."
Having toured with the likes of Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt, and Montgomery Gentry, Jewell is a well-rounded performer, a true entertainer, and an absolute crowd pleaser.
An Arkansas native, Jewell is a true southern gentleman both on and off the stage. He has always reached out to his community and beyond, and considers his roles as spokesperson for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, the most important of his career. "I believe in giving back," asserts Jewell. "Everyone can make a positive difference. With a little time and a little effort, we can make this world a better place. I believe that. I want my kids to believe that."
Four of Jewell's biggest fans are his wife of 20 years, Tené, and their three children, Buddy III, Lacey (the true inspiration behind "Help Pour Out the Rain"), and Joshua. "I'm so incredibly lucky," says Buddy graciously. "I have a wonderful and blessed family, and a job that I love. It doesn't get any better than that."
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