Born in Lepanto, Arkansas, on April 2, 1961, Buddy Jewell started to play guitar after he bought one from one of his schoolmates. One of Buddy’s jobs was bagging groceries. He saved the money he earned from that job and bought some guitar lesson books. His Uncle Clyde taught him how to play the traditional Gospel song ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus'.

Buddy went to college, where he majored in radio and television. That was at Arkansas State University. He was only there until his junior year. That’s when he left school to get married. Unfortunately, the marriage only lasted for a little over two years.

Buddy wanted to pursue a musical career, so he moved to different places including Dallas, Texas. He  went to Six Flags Over Texas, and took a roll in one of their gunfighting shows.

He entered and won a singing competition, which was sponsored by one of Buddy’s inspirations, the group Alabama. This won him a chace to open for the band. After that Buddy went a step further and competed on the ‘Star Search’ interactive reality tv show. He won Male Vocalist on many episodes.

Buddy took one more chance and moved to Nashville in 1993. He worked for a couple of years as a demo singer for several country stars like George Strait, Lee Ann Womack and several others.

A TV show called 'Nashville Star' had it’s first season in 2003 and Buddy started competing again. He was their first winner that season, and finally signed a contract to Columbia Records. Two days after his big win, Buddy’s single ‘Help Pour Out The Rain (Lacey’s Song)’ was  sent to radio stations, and became the highest debuting single from a new country artist.

Let's wish Buddy Jewell a very happy birthday.

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