Jelly Roll opens music studio inside Nashville youth detention facility where he was once incarcerated

May 3, 2024

Jelly Roll is looking to give other aspiring musicians the same chance he had when he was at his lowest point.

“The Whitsitt Chapel artist — who himself served time behind bars before turning his life around through music — recently helped open a music studio inside the Nashville Juvenile Detention Center.

“The singer helped fund the studio with a portion of the proceeds from his Bridgestone Arena headlining show last December, and attended the ‘Redemption Songs’ Event earlier this year, hosted by Beat of Life Organization.

“Jelly Roll — who spent time in the same Nashville Juvenile Detention Center — performed at the opening event, alongside fellow artist and Nashville native ERNEST, to a crowd made up of incarcerated youth, as well as other members of the music community who are working with the organization.

“According to a press release announcing the studio, ‘This collaboration, featuring music luminaries Jeffrey Steele and ERNEST, alongside 35 pro/hit songwriters who helped kick off the program launch, embodies the belief in music’s role in personal growth and redemption, showcasing the journey from juvenile detention to success.’”

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