Country singer-songwriter Jeff Carson, who scored hits with Not On Your Love and The Car before becoming a police officer, has died in Tennessee at the age of 58, his publicist said.
Arson died of a heart attack at a Franklin hospital, said Jeremy Westby of 2911 Media.
Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in 1963 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mr. Westby said in a press release.
It’s so sad to hear about my boyfriend’s death #JeffCarson. He was a great singer and one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. He was also a law enforcement officer who valiantly served his community. He will be greatly missed. See you on the good side, mate pic.twitter.com/ktm1LsB4I0
— bryan_white (@bryan_white) March 27, 2022
Carson sang in church and formed a band in Rogers, Arkansas before moving to Branson, Missouri, where he wrote songs and performed locally, the press release said.
Carson moved to Nashville and recorded demos for Tracy Lawrence, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and other country stars.
In 1995 he got a record deal with Curb Records and released a single “Yeah Buddy”. He then recorded the singles Not On Your Love and The Car, which earned Carson his first Academy of Country Music Award for Video of the Year.
Carson’s career has had 14 career singles on the Billboard charts, Mr. Westby said.
He retired from music to become a police officer in Franklin, where he remained with the police force.
It’s hard to believe he’s gone. One thing is certain – Franklin Police Officer #JeffCarson changed everyone he met, all of us, for the better! Thank you Jeff for your life of ministry and song. May his message live on: God Save The World.https://t.co/MU3937POBy
— Franklin Police Dept (@FranklinTNPD) March 27, 2022
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Carson returned to music in 2019, releasing a previously recorded song God Save The World.
He has been in the studio with Buddy Hyatt to record an album to be released later this year featuring duets with Michael Ray, Darryl Worley and others, Mr Westby said.
Singer Bryan White said on Twitter that he was sad to hear of his friend’s death.
“He was a great singer and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met … See you on the good side, mate,” White said.
On Twitter, the Franklin Police Department thanked Carson for his “life of service and singing,” saying Carson “changed everyone he met for the better.”
“It’s hard to believe he’s gone,” the department said on Twitter.
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