By Brian M. Howle
Local songwriter/singer/musician/producer Jeffrey Allen Edwards of Myrtle Beach has taken another step up the music industry ladder by taking the prestigious Queen City Music Award for 2009 Country Male Artist on December 12, 2009 in Charlotte, NC.
His high energy shows, unmistakable voice, down to earth lyrics, and God-given talents shine when he is on stage and this has earned another nomination for Country Male Artist of The Year for The 2009 Carolina Music Awards in Raleigh NC.
Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, Jeff moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at age 16 and began writing songs. Before he was 21 he was already playing and singing at campfires, in living rooms, porches, anywhere anyone would listen. As time went on Jeff said “I slowly started to sing my songs and noticed people really wanted to hear them.” He started playing at bars, parties, or playing from tail gate to tail gate and slowly started to build up the courage he needed to sing in front of big crowds. Jeff said “It didn’t take long for people to see that I was starting to take things serious when I formed a southern rock band (Three Legged Dawg)”. He was playing his original songs throughout the shows. Most of his time was spent on stage performing his own songs long after the regular band was through. He cut most of his teeth playing at 3 & 4 in the morning at a place called Charlie’s Night Life. Eventually, Charlie let Jeff sit in with the band and things took off from there. Jeff later joined Southern Blue and spent several years playing many venues before going out on his own with his own band.
Edwards finally took his songs to the studio and with the help of producers Mike Rogers and Perry Richardson of the multi platinum group Firehouse, produced the Son of the South CD. Jeff wrote the lyrics and music to all the songs on the Son of the South CD. He not only wrote the lyrics, but also arranged the music, and co-produced all 16 songs on the Son Of The South CD and all the songs on all of his sites. Currently he is working in Sound Hole Studio on his new CD – Got Country. The first single demo is on the site now with the CD to be released in 2010.
Jeff has opened for Hank Williams, Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Leann Rimes, David Allen Coe, .38 Special, Rhett Akins, Lonestar, Blake Shelton, Colt Ford, The Little River Band, Keith Anderson ,Tracy Byrd, Billy Joe Royal, Brantley Gilbert, The Kentucky Head Hunters, Molly Hatchet, Ronnie McDowell, Confederate Railroad, Matt Stillwell, DB Bryant Band, Mustang Sally, Black Label and has headlined many events throughout the South.
Edwards has sparked the interest of several record labels in Nashville with his original songs and has played a dozen shows at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville Tennessee over the past several years (as well as Rippy’s); 10 shows at House Of Blues; 6 shows at The Carolina Entertainment Complex-Marion SC, and shows at Jimmy Buffets’ Margaritaville, and Easy Ryder Café in Myrtle Beach, SC. He has also been a guest on several radio shows in South Carolina and also in Tennessee.
His Myspace site http://www.myspace.com/jeffreyallenedwards has well over 2,100,000 plays and over 1,850,000 profile views and boast over 26,000 friends.
We congratulate Jeff on his latest kudos, and advise you all to keep an eye – and ear – on this local talent as he continues his steady rise to stardom in the country music field.
This article also appears in Alternatives NewsMagazine, Dec. 17, 2009 – Jan. 14, 2010 and under “Nightlife & Entertainment” at http://www.myrtlebeachalternatives.com