Country songwriter and music singer Jeff Carson, who scored hits with “The Car” and “Not On Your Love,” before becoming a police officer, has died in Tennessee, his publicist said. Carson was 58.
Jeremy Westby of 2911 Media said Carson died of a heart attack at a hospital in Franklin.
Westby said in a news release that Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1963. The news release said that Carson sang in church and formed a band in Arkansas, Rogers, before moving to Branson, Missouri, where he played locally and wrote songs.
Carson moved to Nashville and recorded demos for Reba McEntire, Tracy Lawrence, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, and other country stars.
Carson received a recording contract at Curb Records in 1995 and released a single, “Yeah Buddy.” He then recorded the singles “The Car,” and “Not On Your Love,” which won Carson his first Academy of Country Music award for video of the year.
Westby said that Carson’s career had 14 singles on the Billboard chart in his career.
Carson retired from music to become a police officer, and he remained on the police force in Franklin.
In 2019, Carson returned to music and released a previously recorded song, “God Save The World.”
Singer Bryan White said on his Twitter handle that he was saddened to hear of his friend’s death.
“He was a tremendous singer and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met … I’ll see you on the good side buddy,” White said.
On Twitter, the Franklin Police Department thanked Carson for his “life of service & song” and said Carson “changed everyone he met, all of us, for the better!”
the department said on Twitter, “It’s hard to believe he’s gone.”