When Jerrod Niemann went over and over the vocal parts for “Lover, Lover” — literally singing all eight or nine harmony lines himself — he had no idea what the song’s future held.
At the time, Jerrod was an unsigned singer-songwriter who had decided to put some of his friends to work and build an album that may, or may not, find a label home. Not only did it eventually land somewhere, the single rose all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart this week. It hit that spot as Jerrod is observing a personal anniversary.
“It’s pretty weird to have a song go No. 1 10 years after the day you set foot in Nashville to visit,” he says. “But at the end of the day, I’m just happy to have anything out there on the radio, and the most exciting thing for me is actually being able to step onstage and people be there to cheer you on, and then — of course, when we sing ‘Lover, Lover’ — to sing along. There’s no other word to describe it than ‘amazing.’”
It’s just the latest in a series of amazing events for Jerrod. He took part last month in AquaPalooza, performing for an estimated 70,000 people watching from boats outside of Austin at the biggest lake show in concert history. That show was headlined by Brad Paisley, a co-owner in Sea Gayle Music, which signed Jerrod and landed him with Sony Music Nashville. Jerrod also debuted at No. 1 with his first album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, when it was released last month.
In the meantime, he’s landed a spot on yet another album that’s certain to do well on the charts. “Lover, Lover” will appear on NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 35. The pop compilation will also feature tracks by Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Nickelback. And two other country hits are pegged for NOW 35: Jaron And The Long Road To Love’s “Pray For You” and Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It.”
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