Jerod Bolt, born on April 17, 1984, is an American Country Music Artist and Songwriter who grew up on a farm in Star City, Indiana. In 2017 after a stint in the United States Marine Corps of 7 yrs, he decided to trade in his M-16 for a 6-string. "Music has always been a part of my life since the day I could walk," Bolt says, "but it all really started just playing in a few rock n' roll bands when I was 15." He served as a percussionist in a few rocks bands and even wrote majorty of the band's songs. "I didn't really know what I was doing, just sorta writing to what felt good at the time," Bolt laughs. But not long after, around the age of 19, Bolt would pick up the guitar that would open him up to a whole new music scene. " I would sit and watch my best friend who I roomed with, get so much attention from the girls, (laughs) but I quickly noticed the connection he would make with people playing the guitar." After learning a few chords from his buddy, Bolt quickly began learning more chords on the guitar and began learning to sing as well. On top of that, he began writing his own songs while learning his favorite covers. At the age of 25, Bolt took part in his church as a worship leader and used the skills he had developed earlier on. "I really think playing to an audience of sometimes twelve to two thousand people on any given Sunday, really opended me up on connecting the music with the listeners and growing as a musician." Bolt states.
It wasn't until spring of 2016 however, that things really took off for Bolt. "I had recently gone through some hard times and I felt like music was the only thing I had left." "It was like I woke up one morning to get ready for work, and thought to myself how I never really pushed myself hard enough in the music scene ya know?" Since then, Bolt has been through past managements and label offers who took notice of him immediately and what he was doing. His first big hit, "Sippin on Bacardi," took a huge turn to success and has become a fan favorite since. "That song I actually wrote while walking through a liquer store on the way to a Memorial Day party and saw the Bacardi aisle." "I just randomly started singing the chorus line that you hear today and the rest is history." "We went into the studio shortly after and tracked it," says Bolt. In the fall of 2016, he gave a featured performance at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana that landed him a spot in the Northwest Indiana Entertainment Magazine. Since then Bolt has written close to a 100 songs with 2 co-writes, and 7 studio recorded songs that never were released due to leaving his management. Bolt has then become a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers with hopes to secure a publishing deal. Bolt has also completed 5 regional radio station events since 2016, which gained him even more publicity than before. His latest hit "Hard to Find" became the first song to hit more views than ever with thirteen thousand on social media and gained over a thousand fans. Another recent hit written by Bolt is the gripping and compelling song, "One Prayer Away." It struck the military community hard with Bolt's powerful lyrical content that focuses on the heart at home and also those who are gone overseas. "I called a good buddy up that I served with who was deployed to Fellujah, Iraq," "I just remember being like hey man, would it be cool to tell your story in a song?" "We talked over the phone for two hours and two days later, I wrote "one prayer away," Bolt says.
In Febuary of 2018, Bolt successfully headlined his first big concert in Northern Indiana. In April of 2018, Bolt was part of Operation Stand Down in Lebanon, Tn as a national opener for American Country Music Artist, Lee Greenwood! In May of 2018, Bolt went on to perform at the One America Mini-Marathon where he won Entertainer Of The Year and was recognized for being the most liked act in which the fans voted during the event. In June of 2018, Bolt made his first appearance as a performer at the 2018 CMA Festival held in downtown Nashville, Tn. During the CMA Festival, Nashville's Country Music Television did a live interview with Bolt discussing his music and what the CMA's meant to him. "It was so cool to look out and just see a sea of people," Bolt says, "it was very inspiring." In July of 2018, Bolt was also interviewed by Nashville Entertainment Weekly in July and which they aired a live video of the hit song "one prayer away." "I feel like right now, we're just scratching the surface of this whole music thing," Bolt says. His high energy performances and catchy songs are no doubt deliver what country music fans are wanting to hear.
Production is currently in the works for a single which will be produced by award winning producer Sal Oliveri and Nashviille claimed session players in Nashville, Tn. Bolt also has since then, been writing with BMI and became a member of ASCAP music publishers. Bolt is currently writing with some of the best writers in Nashville.
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Something in the Whiskey - written and performed by Jerod Bolt
An original called "something in the whiskey" written and performed by Jerod Bolt. This song is a song about saying the wrong thing or saying how you feel to a significant other when the whiskey hits your bloodstream, then later regretting or wondering why whiskey is the only thing that makes you honest.