Country music singer and Academy of Country Music award-winner Jeff Carson died on Saturday of a heart attack at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, according to his publicist.
The singer-songwriter turned police officer passed away at 58-years-old.
Saturday, March 26, 2022
“Country music singer and Academy of Country Music award-winner Jeff Carson died on Saturday of a heart attack at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, according to his publicist. He was 58.”https://t.co/GpRetQ2AsS
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Carson topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for his 1995 single “Not On Your Love.”
The Hollywood Reporter noted:
Born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Dec. 16, 1963, he got his start singing in church. He later moved to Branson, Missouri, where he wrote songs and performed locally, before heading to Nashville.
Carson landed a deal with Curb Records in 1995, with his single “Yeah Buddy” released soon thereafter and giving the performer his first song on the charts. Next up that same year was “Not on Your Love,” which hit No. 1.
Subsequent single “The Car” also cracked the top five and earned Carson the Academy of Country Music Award for video of the year.
After a career that included three studio albums, in addition to 14 singles on the Billboard charts, Carson stepped away from the music business in 2009 and started a new career as a law enforcement officer. He remained a member of the Franklin Police Department in Williamson County, Tennessee, until his death.
Carson returned to music in 2019 and released a previously recorded song, “God Save The World.”
Carson had been in the studio with Buddy Hyatt recording an album to be released later this year with duets with Michael Ray, Darryl Worley and others, Westby said.
Singer Bryan White said on Twitter that he was saddened to hear of his friend’s death.
“He was a tremendous singer and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met … I’ll see you on the good side buddy,” White said.
On Twitter, the Franklin Police Department thanked Carson for his “life of service & song” and said Carson “changed everyone he met, all of us, for the better!”
“It’s hard to believe he’s gone,” the department said on Twitter.
Carson is the second high-profile musician to suddenly pass away this weekend.
On Friday, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room while touring in South America.