On Wednesday night, friends, family, and the Nashville music community celebrated the success of “Son of a Sinner,” the first number one hit from Nashville native, Jelly Roll (Jason DeFord). The event, hosted by BMI at our Music Row offices, honored Jelly Roll and his co-writers, Ernest K. Smith and David Ray Stevens, alongside producer Ilya Toshinskiy. Jelly Roll previously topped the rock charts with his debut song, “Dead Man Walking,” co-written by Michael Whitworth, David Ray Stevens, and Andrew Baylis.
In 2022, Jelly Roll sold out his hometown venue—Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena—as a headlining act, donating proceeds from the ticket sales to Impact Youth Outreach, an organization to support youth in Nashville’s juvenile detention system. He is set to release more music from his upcoming album later this year and will be featured on the Outsiders Revival Tour with Eric Church in Summer 2023. His current single, “NEED A FAVOR” from his highly anticipated forthcoming album is available now to stream and will hit radio starting February 13th.