Country singer Jeff Carson dies of heart attack at age 58

Jeff Carson obituary notice
Posted at 12:53 PM, Mar 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-27 15:20:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Country music star and Academy of Country Music award-winner Jeff Carson died of a heart attack at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday night. He was 58 years old.

Born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in Tulsa, Oklahoma on December 16, 1963, Carson pursued a number of musical outlets, performing with bands in Arkansas and Missouri, before finding his commercial success in Nashville.

In Nashville, Carson recorded demos for many big names, including Tracy Byrd (“Walkin’ To Jerusalem”), Tracy Lawrence (“I See it Now”), Reba McEntire (“The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”), Tim McGraw (“I Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way”), Faith Hill (“It Matters To Me”), Mark Wills (“Places I’ve Never Been”) and Diamond Rio (“Mirror Mirror”) among others.

In 1995, Curb Records signed Carson and he quickly achieved his first charting radio single in the form of a hit titled "Yeah Buddy." It was soon followed up with "Not On Your Love," which reached number one.

Carson's following single, "The Car," became a top-five hit, peaking at number two and winning him his first Academy of Country Music award for Video of the Year.

Jeff Carson award winner
Jeff Carson poses backstage at the 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, April 24, 1996 in Universal City, Calif. The country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson, who scored hits with “Not On Your Love,” and “The Car” before becoming a police officer, has died in Tennessee, his publicist said. Carson was 58. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

In total, Carson achieved 14 singles on the Billboard chart, including "Real Life (Was Never The Same Again)."

Carson retired from music in 2009 to become a law enforcement officer with the Franklin Police Department in Williamson County, Tennessee. He had been working on a singles deal with MC1 Nashville in 2019 to recut and release a prior Music Row Top 40 track "God Save the World."

Carson had also recently recorded a specialty album with Buddy Hyatt that will be released later this year. The album will include duets with Michael Ray, Darryl Worley, Mark Wills and Craig Morgan. More information is available on the Jeff Carson website.

Carson is survived by wife Kim Cooper Carson, son Dayton Grei Herndon Carson, mother Virginia Norton, brother Steve Herndon, sister Karen Spurlock and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.