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  • Jason Aldean is a country music fan favorite, topping the charts and selling out venues across the country.

    Jason Aldean is a country music fan favorite, topping the charts and selling out venues across the country.

  • The crowd went crazy when fellow Georgian Ludacris joined Jason Aldean onstage April 13 for their hit, "Dirt Road Anthem."

    The crowd went crazy when fellow Georgian Ludacris joined Jason Aldean onstage April 13 for their hit, "Dirt Road Anthem." Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung

  • Jason Aldean, who will host the 2013 CMT Music Awards in June, performed at Sanford Stadium in Athens in April.

    Jason Aldean, who will host the 2013 CMT Music Awards in June, performed at Sanford Stadium in Athens in April. Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung

  • Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour drew more than 66,000 fans to Sanford Stadium in Athens.

    Jason Aldean's Night Train Tour drew more than 66,000 fans to Sanford Stadium in Athens. Credit: Chris/Todd Owyoung

A native of Macon, Jason Aldean grew up loving country music and baseball. His father taught him to play guitar, and he began performing in the house band of a local honky-tonk when he was only 15. After high school, he toured with a band throughout the Southeast until 1998, when Nashville producer Michael Knox signed him to a publishing deal after seeing him play in an Atlanta club. At just 21, Aldean moved to Nashville, where for six straight years he encountered more curveballs than any pitcher had ever thrown him.

But just when striking out seemed inevitable, his luck changed. Aldean was signed to Broken Bow Records, and in 2005, his first single, “Hicktown,” climbed to No. 10 on "Billboard’s" Hot Country Songs chart, followed by the No. 1 hit “Why” and the No. 4 “Amarillo Sky.” He was named Top New Male Vocalist of the year by the Academy of Country Music. The singer/songwriter had finally scored a home run and has managed his career like a champion ever since, earning nine additional No. 1 songs. His self-titled debut and 2007 album, "Relentless," were both certified platinum, while his 2010 album, "My Kinda Party," was certified double platinum. In 2012, he sold out every show on the My Kinda Party tour, broke more than 40 venue attendance records and sold 1.9 million tickets.

In October 2012, he released his fifth album, "Night Train" (now certified platinum), which debuted at No. 1 on "Billboard’s" Top 200 album chart, selling 409,000 copies the first week. The first two singles, “Take A Little Ride” and “The Only Way I Know,” featuring fellow Georgians Luke Bryan and Eric Church, reached No. 1 on country airplay charts. In early 2013, Aldean geared up for his biggest tour to date, selling out dates for Madison Square Garden, University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field in only minutes. Like Little Richard, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band before him, Jason Aldean has come a long way from his humble roots in Macon.