Jeff Carson Leaves His Final Gift: Album Titled '448'

by Preshias Harris / 403 days ago / Comments
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Album named for his police badge number

For those of us who knew and loved Jeff Carson, his death from a heart attack on March 26 at the age of 58, came as a shock but also a realization of a life lost that still had so much to offer.

As a singer-songwriter, Jeff first came to the world’s attention with ‘90s hits such as “The Car” and “Not On Your Love” among the fourteen singles he notched up on the Billboard country charts.  Prior to that success, he had paid his dues, playing guitar with bands in Branson, Missouri and – after moving to Nashville – at the Opryland Hotel before signing with Curb Records in 1994.

And now comes a bittersweet moment in Jeff Carson’s story: the posthumous release (on May 12, 2023) of his final album, 448, originally intended to be the next chapter in his musical life.

As his songs failed to chart and he experienced increasing disenchantment with the music industry, he withdrew from the business and changed direction, joining the Franklin, Tennessee, police department as a full-time officer in 2009. But he could not entirely distance himself from the music and he signed with Encore Music Group in 2021. He began re-recording some of his earlier songs, this time alongside producer (and former Toto member) Buddy Hyatt who can also be heard playing piano and keyboards on the new project.

The album is poignantly titled 448 which was Jeff’s badge number as a serving police officer. After a long absence from music, Jeff felt a new energy and recognized the revived interest on ‘90s-era country. Jeff was joined by some of his best friends on several of the new album’s reimagined tracks: “Not On Your Love” (feat. Darryl Worley), “The Car” (feat. Michael Ray) and “Real Life (I Never Was the same Again)” (feat. Craig Morgan). Other tracks on the 9-song album include “Butterfly Kisses,” “Yeah Buddy” and “I Can Only Imagine.”

“Jeff walked away from a great career in country music to serve his community (he even had a number one and he walked away to be an officer),” said T. Graham Brown in a recent interview. “JC was a good guy. It takes a really strong person…a very special person…to be a police officer. They are heroes who do a job that the rest of us don’t want to do,” he continued, “We are all very proud of Jeff in Nashville.”

Jeff was honored during National Police Week with his name being enshrined in the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.  The Memorial honors U.S. law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty throughout American history.

Jeff Carson will be sadly missed by friends, fellow police officers and country fans. 448 is a fitting tribute to a great talent.

Listen / stream / purchase Jeff Carson’s album 448 here. More about Jeff at his website here. #JeffCarson

 

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About Preshias Harris

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Preshias Harris is a music journalist who has interviewed everyone from Alabama to ZZ Top for articles and stories published in numerous music magazines. She is the author of longest-running monthly country music column in America and authored The College of Songology™ 101: The Singer/Songwriter’s ‘Need To Know’ Reference Handbook. As a music career development consultant with special emphasis on emerging and aspiring artists and songwriters, she focuses on ‘chasing the dream’ while understanding the realities of the music industry. She maintains a writers’ room on Music Row – named The Sangtuary – for her clients and their co-writers. She is a member of ASCAP (as a publisher), BMI, The Country Music Association (CMA), The Recording Academy, The National Association of Talent Directors (NATD) and a life member of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).

You can find out more about Preshias at https://www.collegeofsongology.com and find her blog at www.nashvillemusicline.com