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Jared Deck - "Grace" (audio) (premiere)

Singer-songwriter Jared Deck labels his music "Midamericana", a term which accurately describes his blend of Southern roots music, Americana, and heartland rock.

Singer-songwriter Jared Deck labels his music "Midamericana", a term which accurately describes his blend of Southern roots music, Americana, and heartland rock from the John Mellencamp school. Growing up in small town Oklahoma, a state that produces as many great singer-songwriters as they do oil wells, Deck worked the oil rigs to put himself through school. Then after starting a business and running for political office, he turned his attention more fully to developing his music. Now, Deck is on the verge of releasing his self-titled debut album on May 6th. Rolling Stone Country premiered his first single, "17 Miles", which they loved and we have the pleasure of sharing Deck's second single "Grace" with you today. "Grace" is heartfelt, soulful ballad with gorgeous harmonies that is Deck's most personal song to date.

Deck says, "that paper looked like a mirror. In the past, my lyrics were opaque, masking transparency with verbosity. With 'Grace', the words poured out like a broken pen. I was facing the facts that I'm not who I once was, that I don't believe everything I once did, and that where I was raised defined me more than I had realized. It felt like putting myself out there for everyone to judge, but I needed it. That ruthless honesty keeps me grounded. As a result, 'Grace' opened the door for me to go out under my own name and tell my story, to write openly about myself and where I'm from. My experience has been that life always throws curve balls, so you'd better learn to hit one. One day, I hope to write about a better man. I've failed far more than I've succeeded, but I don't quit. The goal with every new day is to be better than I was yesterday."

Jared Deck's debut album Jared Deck releases May 6th.

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