Jason Sellers Biography

4 March 1971, Gilmer, Texas, USA. Before releasing his debut album in 1997, country singer-songwriter Jason Sellers spent several years touring the western and central regions of America. His musical apprenticeship came as a member of the Sellers Family, a country gospel group for whom he played bass and sang. Performing over 250 shows a year, the family group’s popularity was centred on their home state of Texas, as well as Louisiana and Oklahoma. At this time he also married fellow singer Lee Ann Womack. He had performed his first solo show in Mountain View, Arkansas at the age of 17. By the time he was 19, he had moved to Nashville. On arrival he contacted up-and-coming country star Vince Gill. Sellers persuaded Gill to allow him to play back-up bass for his band whenever his regular bass player was unavailable. Through Gill’s recommendation, Sellers moved on to a more permanent position with Billy Joe Royal’s band. He subsequently joined Ricky Skaggs as a bass player, songwriter and even road manager. However, Sellers still yearned to write his own material (having had songs covered by Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Lonestar and others), and was eventually signed to a contract with BNA Records. The ensuing debut album comprised what Sellers describes as ‘y’allternative’ music. The singer was dropped by BNA shortly before the release of his second collection, A Matter Of Time.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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