America chose Arkansas native Buddy Jewell as the very first winner of the USA Network's hit reality show "Nashville Star." Buddy was the true viewer favorite from the very beginning, capturing 65% of the nationwide voting and beating out 11 other contestants, most notably, Miranda Lambert, by over 2 million votes on the final episode. He and America have been involved in a love affair ever since.
His self-titled Columbia Records release debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts, was certified gold later that same year and garnered two back-to-back top five hits with "Sweet Southern Comfort" and "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)." Both tunes are RIAA certified 1 million radio air plays. Buddy has also charted three #1’s with his European Country Top 40 smash “Jesus, Elvis and Me” (2012), as well as Power Source Top 100 Christian Country hits “Somebody Who Would Die for You” (2009) and “I’m There” (2017).
Buddy has been recognized by the Grammy's, ACM’s, CMA’s, CMT, the ICMA and the ICGMA with multiple award nominations. In 2011, he won the International Country Gospel Music Association's “Entertainer of the Year” and “Crossover Artist of the Year” awards. In 2015, he was recognized by his home state as an inductee into the Arkansas Entertainer’s Hall of Fame. Most recently, his #1 Power Source Christian Country hit "I'm There" won "Song of the Year" at the 2018 ICMA awards.
Buddy Jewell gives back to his community and beyond on many levels, serving as past spokesperson for The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, The World Orphans Day Foundation and Compassion International. He especially has a heart for children and actively supports numerous worthy causes including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
As a proud American patriot, Buddy serves our nation as well. Throughout his career, he has entertained our troops on bases here at home and around the world. In December 2010, Buddy traveled with Sergeant Major of the Army, Kenneth O. Preston, on an extensive USO tour to remote forward operating bases in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, visiting with and performing for our armed forces on the front lines. Above all of his accomplishments, Buddy is most proud to be a loving father, devoted husband, fervent patriot and an outspoken Christ follower.
"Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacy's Song)"
"Sweet Southern Comfort"
"Jesus, Elvis, And Me"
"If She Were Any Other Woman"