File #: RS2023-2354    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/24/2023 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 8/1/2023 Final action: 8/1/2023
Title: A resolution recognizing Jason "Jelly Roll" DeFord for his three CMT Music Award wins and his contributions to Antioch.
Sponsors: Joy Styles, Jeff Syracuse, Kathleen Murphy, Erin Evans, Bob Nash, Kyonzte Toombs, Russ Bradford, Freddie OConnell, Antoinette Lee, Delishia Porterfield, Burkley Allen, Emily Benedict, Tom Cash, Jennifer Gamble, Jonathan Hall, Tonya Hancock, Gloria Hausser, Angie Henderson, Courtney Johnston, Bob Mendes, Sean Parker, Russ Pulley, Kevin Rhoten, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Dave Rosenberg, John Rutherford, Sandra Sepulveda, Colby Sledge, Zulfat Suara, Robert Swope, Nancy VanReece, Ginny Welsch, Brett Withers, Zach Young
A resolution recognizing Jason "Jelly Roll" DeFord for his three CMT Music Award wins and his contributions to Antioch.

WHEREAS, Jason DeFord, better known to many as Jelly Roll, is a rapper-turned-country singer who was raised in Antioch; and

WHERAS, Jelly Roll is a long-time Nashvillian, playing his first show in Nashville at the Playing Field on Antioch Pike and has since headlined the Bridgestone Arena; and

WHEREAS, Jelly Roll's story is an inspiration to many. As a teenager, he was involved in crimes like drug dealing and armed robbery. He spent ages 14 through 25 in and out of incarceration; and

WHEREAS, while incarcerated, Jelly Roll's daughter was born and it helped him turn his life around. He earned his GED while in prison and began focusing on his music; and

WHEREAS, after his release, he began making rap music his career and independently released albums, posted music to YouTube, and began performing anywhere he could; and

WHEREAS, he first appeared on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2011. Over the next five years, he began to gain a following and released more albums. While he would occasionally sing, he would rarely do so for an entire track; and

WHEREAS, in 2020, Jelly Roll released an independent album which included some of the first songs he sang with no rapping; and

WHEREAS, he made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry on November 9, 2021; and

WHEREAS, in January 2023, Jelly Roll's debut country single "Son of a Sinner" hit number one on Country radio and spent a record-setting 28 weeks at number one on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart; and

WHEREAS, Jelly Roll was nominated for three CMT Music Awards, which were held at Moody Center in Austin, TX on April 2, 2023; and

WHEREAS, Jelly Roll won all three awards: "Male Video of the Year," "Breakthrough Artist," and "CMT Digital - First Performance of the Year"; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper for the Metropolitan Council to recognize Jelly Roll for h...

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