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article imageInterview with Jerrod Niemann: 'Only God Could Love You More' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 2, 2013 in Entertainment
On July 2, modern country music artist Jerrod Niemann chatted via telephone with Digital Journal about his newest single “Only God Could Love You More” from his sophomore studio album “Free the Music.”
It is the follow-up to his Top 15 Billboard hit, “Shinin’ On Me” and the single has garnered praise from Country Weekly, which dubbed it as “incredibly compelling.” “It’s my favorite song on the new album, because once you start talking to people about it, it can have different meanings to people,” he said.
On co-writing the new single, Jerrod shared, “It was actually the fourth of July and I was at my buddy Lee Brice’s house and we were there with another friend named Jon Stone from the band American Young. We were all sitting there and Jon had a song idea and he said what about ‘Only God Could Love You More.’ I thought it was a beautiful thing to say to somebody, so we wrote the song right there out of excitement, but we didn’t bring it up for another month. I was just very thankful that I had the opportunity to record it.”
In addition to his new single, his sophomore album “Free the Music,” which was released on Gayle Records/Arista Nashville, is receiving raves from such noteworthy outlets as Rolling Stone and GAC. “I grew up in a small town and I heard about the Rolling Stone magazine and the fact that my name is even in it and people are saying nice things about the CD is a dream come true,” the Kansas native said.
In January of 2013, Jerrod wrapped up his headlining “Jägermeister Presents Tour” and he is performing a total of over 200 solo dates this year.
Jerrod took two full years to record “Free the Music” and he co-produced the album with Dave Brainard. “Dave is a dear friend of mine and a brilliant musician. He is someone that I think is going to have a long career ahead of him,” he said.
Particularly impressive about the CD is that it is infused with brasswind horns, features his live band and it was recording using a custom-built acoustic guitar featuring a B-bender. Every song on the album was recorded using an innovative technology called “Clasp.” “It is really cool since you get to use the old analogue machine, simultaneously with a digital technology, so the way that benefits is you get that big beautiful sound and you have the efficiency to save time by being in the studio today,” he explained.
The album features a collaboration with Grammy-winning songstress Colbie Caillat, who lends her sultry vocals on the tune “I’m All About You.” “I knew the song needed a female vocalist that could do some jazz inflections, so Colbie popped into my head and all I could do was ask. We sent her the song and she called me and she was gracious enough to sing on it and then she flew to Nashville for our CD release party and she performed it here in Nashville. She is a really talented person and I love meeting people that I respect and I appreciate their music and realize that they are even nicer than I could ever imagine. Colbie is one of those cases and she is a great person. I was very lucky to work with her,” he admitted.
Tim McGraw listed Jerrod Niemann as one his “favorite new country artists,” in his interview with “Entertainment Weekly” and Jerrod is beyond flattered by the compliment. “Tim has always been one of those artists who is not afraid of taking chances and he goes out on a limb and when he records a cover song, he makes it his own. Tim has become an icon and he always has a vision and he is a great artist. When he referenced me in that interview that really made my day,” Jerrod said.
A veteran songwriter, Jerrod originally made a name for himself in Nashville as a songwriter, who co-wrote hits for country music mega-star Garth Brooks, which included “Good Ride Cowboy,” “Midnight Sun” and “That Girl is a Cowboy.” “Garth is just beyond an amazing talent and he is the most positive spirit that I have ever seen in my life. He is so generous and unbelievable. I am very thankful to have him in my life as a buddy,” he said.
His previous album, “Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Album charts; moreover, it was named one of the Top 10 albums of 2010 by the New York Times and it launched the Top 5 hit “What Do You Want” and his platinum single “Lover, Lover,” which reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Charts. “We were lucky for that to happen, since you think that the only people that were going to buy the album were your mom and dad and a couple of cousins,” he said with a laugh. “That was really cool since it affects a lot of people in a good way from the musicians to the songwriters.”
Jerrod’s larger-than-life and witty personality inspired the comedic antics in his short-story voice-overs on “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury” CD. “In this digital age, I thought about doing something to create an album to make it more of a listening experience as opposed to just downloading one song from iTunes, so we captured some silly things that we were doing in the middle of the night and it was a lot of fun and a guilty pleasure,” he said with a laugh.
Throughout his career, he has been nominated for awards from such organizations as the Country Music Association (CMA), as well as the American Country Awards and Country Music Television (CMT). “I was also excited to play the Grand Ole Opry since my grandparents played a lot of country music when I was a kid and they always talked about the Opry. Unfortunately, both of them have passed away, but I dedicated one of the songs I played on there to my grandpa, so that was a pretty big moment for me,” he said.
For more information on country singer-songwriter Jerrod Niemann, visit his official website.
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