Jelly Roll’s love of music transcends genre: he’s a rapper, a rockstar, and a country boy all rolled into one. He’s riding high on the release of his new album Whitsitt Chapel, but his road to success had a rocky start.
He’s had to navigate struggles with mental health, drug use, jail time, and nearly losing custody of his daughter when she was still a baby. Jelly Roll has always been open about these challenges in his lyrics and direct conversation with fans and followers. He values transparency and hopes that by sharing his story, he can inspire others to overcome their challenges and find strength within themselves. He has always emphasized the importance of acknowledging our flaws, embracing our unique journeys, and assuring them that “nobody cries alone.”
His vulnerability resonates with fans, who find healing power not only in his brutally honest songs, but in being given the space to share their own stories and struggles. He identifies as “an empath by nature” whose mission is to create community through the universal language of music (while enjoying a cocktail or two along the way).
If you’ve seen Jelly Roll live on stage, you know he’s larger than life. If you haven’t, buckle in: below are seven things we learned when our friend Radio Sara caught up with him about his latest LP.