Jelly Roll Releases ‘NEED A FAVOR’ and Plays Sold-out Headline Arena Show


Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart Topper for 16 Consecutive Weeks Released ‘NEED A FAVOR‘ On 9 December
“Jelly Roll’s concert was a masterful summary of the lessons and success his past has yielded him, plus the incredible potential of his future…. The Antioch native cemented his rising mainstream stardom with a 130-minute concert at Bridgestone Arena….Bridgestone Arena approvingly responded with a supersonic jet takeoff-style roar.” –The Tennessean
“More impressive than how he weaved between genres so effortlessly was the genuine warmth in the building. You’ve never seen such a diverse crowd at a country show.” –Taste of Country
Jelly Roll plays his sold-out hometown Bridgestone Arena concert date 9/12/22.
Credit: John Shearer 
NASHVILLE, TN  (13 December, 2022) – Multi-genre phenomenon Jelly Roll sold out Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last Friday evening (9/12), further cementing his rising mainstream stardom with a 130-minute concert” (The Tennessean). Playing to a roaring crowd more than 15,000 fans strong, the Antioch native took the moment to perform his new single, ‘NEED A FAVOR,’ live for the very first time after releasing it the morning of his homecoming concert.
Featuring a packed set list that left the “hometown crowd… in awe” (The Tennessean), the South Nashville native with more than four billion career streams “showed that he’s a savvy entertainer as well as a uniquely personal songwriter” (Taste of Country). Jelly brought out several special guests out during the show, “each more excited to see him thriving on the city’s biggest stage than the last” (Taste of Country). Guests included ERNEST, Riley Green, Sam Hunt, Shinedown, Struggle Jennings, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Chris Young, famed sports announcer Michael Buffer, and Jelly’s 14-year-old daughter, Bailee Ann, who took the stage to perform a song she wrote with her father’s encouragement about the pain of watching her mother’s addiction battle. Later in the show, Jelly was joined on stage by the renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers for the live performance debut of his new single, ‘NEED A FAVOR,’ before ending the show with his career-defining hit, ‘Save Me.’ Read more about the show via The Tennessean here.
In and out of the juvenile detention system since age 14, the Bridgestone headline date represented several milestones for Jelly, with proceeds from the show earmarked to build a recording studio and provide music programs at the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center – where Jelly himself served as a teen-and for other programs benefiting at-risk youth in partnership with Impact Youth Outreach, including Hometown Heroes Scholarships for Metro Nashville Public School seniors.
After independently building his own fanbase, the past year has marked Jelly Roll’s biggest to dateJelly Roll has held the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for 16 straight weeks – marking the second-longest reign ever on the chart. His Gold-certified single, ‘Son of a Sinner,’ is currently Top 3 at Country Radio and climbing after earning Jelly his first Billboard Hot 100 debut back in July. Earlier this year, Jelly topped the Billboard and Mediabase Rock charts for two weeks with his debut Rock single ‘Dead Man Walking’ – his first No. 1 ever as an artist/songwriter. With ‘Dead Man Walking,’ Jelly became the first act this decade to top the Rock charts while simultaneously having a Top 30 song on Country radio, and he is the first artist in Billboard history to do so with debut singles.  It was just over a year ago that Jelly Roll signed with BMG and sold-out the Ryman Auditorium in under an hour, prompting an immediate invitation to the historic Opry to make his debut.

‘NEED A FAVOR’ marks the latest release of new music from Jelly’s highly anticipated forthcoming album and the second new song release since Jelly’s current single, ‘Son of A Sinner.’ On 2 December, Jelly released ‘She,’ a ballad about the perils of addiction that quickly resonated with fans and that encouraged people, through the music video and Jelly’s partnership with Shatterproof, to seek help with addiction and mental health. Written by Jelly Roll, Austin Nivarel, Joe Ragosta and Rob Ragosta, Jelly’s new single, ‘NEED A FAVOR,’ was inspired by the “the internal fight between faith and vices” (American Songwriter) and continues his path of “therapeutic music.” Of his new music and upcoming album, Jelly shared earlier this month with Billboard, “I want to keep making music that helps people. That makes it worth it.”

Jelly Roll plays his sold-out hometown Bridgestone Arena concert date 9/12/22
Credit: John Shearer 
Outright genre-bending singer/songwriter/rapper Jelly Roll has quietly been building a remarkable career, under the radar and on his own terms. Since his days selling his mix tapes out of his car, he has constantly been releasing new music (more than 24 albums), touring relentlessly, consistently topping various iTunes charts, engaging a rabid fanbase and creating videos that have amassed nearly 2 billion views on YouTube. He pairs deeply personal lyrics with music that blends Old-school Rap, Classic Rock, Country and Soul to create music that is therapeutic, raw and tackles the heaviness in life.

His 2020 single “Save Me”—a confessional, vulnerable expression of self-doubt set the stage for his new season of life and took him to new heights, with more than 141 million views on YouTube and Platinum certification from the RIAA. Born and raised in Nashville’s Antioch neighborhood, the former addict and drug dealer released his album Ballads of the Broken in 2021, ahead of his sold-out hometown show at the famous Ryman Auditorium. The introspective 10-track album shows Jelly Roll’s growth as an artist and man, drawing from his personal experiences to tell the story of a man who has been through the ringer and isn’t afraid to share his raw truth, featuring his multi-week No. 1 Rock hit “Dead Man Walking.” His current single on Country radio, “Son of a Sinner” is currently headed toward Top 3 and just sold out Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena while reigning No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for 16 weeks.

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