Jason Michael Carroll

This week, Gary spoke with Country Music Artist Jason Michael Carroll, and was it raw! Jason spoke about having an abusive upbringing and the time he thought he had killed his dad.
Also in this episode:

  • The future of radio
  • Living in a small town
  • Being a PK (pastor’s kid)
  • Having an abusive father who was a pastor and how that affected his faith
  • Getting migraines while trying to write songs
  • How the Marine Corps was easier than his upbringing
  • Breaking the cycle of abuse
  • Having a male-hating mom
  • Thinking kids would fix a marriage
  • Reconnecting with his high school sweetheart
  • His mom taking his ex’s side during a messy divorce
  • Being angry with God
  • Writing Easter plays
  • Why he got passed up to host TV shows
  • Not being reactionary


“My father quit smoking and drinking cold turkey, but couldn’t quit his anger.” ~Jason Michael Carroll

“She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.” ~Jason Michael Carroll

“I’m trying to be the best me.” ~Jason Michael Carroll

“Be still & know.” ~Jason Michael Carroll


Country music hit-maker Jason Michael Carroll from Youngsville, North Carolina, is gearing up to release his first new album since 2011, featuring the single “Close Enough.” He’ll be hitting the road in 2016 on a cross-country tour and overseas to perform for the military.

Carroll rose to fame after being discovered at a local talent competition in 2004 and later signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin’ In The Country. The album produced three Top 40 hits including “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” and “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” and soared to number one on the US Country charts, selling nearly half a million copies. Both of Carroll’s following albums, Growing Up Is Getting Old and Numbers have charted on the Billboard Top 200.

He has opened for Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins, and Alan Jackson, and was a featured part of Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride’s 2008 tour. He also performed on Good Morning America, thrilled the crowds at the CMA Music Festival, and graced the Grand Ole Opry stage on multiple occasions.

Jason Michael Carroll is a consummate songwriter and continues to write and release new material. Carroll remains humble and optimistic about the future, stating, “I don’t take for granted what I’m doing, and I thank God and my fans every day I have the chance to keep doing it.”

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  • Jennifer Sattler says:

    I absolutely love love love this podcast. He is so fascinating to listen to. His story broke my heart but also inspired me that anybody can get through the hard times and come out on the other side happy and healthy. Thanks again for this this was truly amazing

  • Jil Britt says:

    Gary, that was awesome!! What an inspiring human!

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