Award-winning phenomenon Jason Bradley DeFord – AKA Jelly Roll – performed his hit breakout song, Save Me for the first time on television during last Thursday evening’s ACM Awards on Prime Video (11th May), bringing the crowd to its feet with an unexpected surprise duet version of his massive hit featuring Lainey Wilson – available to view here.
After independently releasing Save Me with a message to his fans, the song tapped into Jelly’s uniquely-connective ability to bring fans “therapeutic music,” and has long become a show stopping moment during his live shows and continues to generate unprecedented fan response – earning more than 155 million views on YouTube and Platinum certification from the RIAA. The never-before-heard version featuring Lainey Wilson, which will be featured on Jelly Roll’s upcoming Country debut project – Whitsitt Chapel – was immediately released on DSPs following the ACM performance.
Check out Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson’s performance of Save Me below:
Earlier last week Jelly announced his highly-anticipated documentary of the same name, including the film’s release date of Tuesday, 30th May on Hulu in the US. Announced by The Wrap, the ABC News produced documentary, Jelly Roll: Save Me, will give viewers an unfettered inside look as Jelly Roll prepares and performs for his devoted fans on the biggest tour date of his career, Nashville’s famed Bridgestone Arena in his hometown. Featuring exclusive access, never-before-seen tour footage, and interviews with the musician and those closest to him, the documentary reveals a raw and unflinching artist, incarcerated as a teen and adult, now using the power of his platform to raise awareness and funds for at-risk youth across the country. Jelly Roll shares a behind-the-scenes look at how he balances life on tour with his philanthropic work, including visiting the juvenile detention facility where he was incarcerated multiple times to share his story and inspire positive change.
Jelly Roll & Lainey Wilsony of Country Music Awards - Show
A 3X CMT Award winner, DeFord has independently amassed more than 4 Billion career streams to date. He scored his first No. 1 on Country radio with his debut Country single Son Of A Sinner and earned a two-week Rock No. 1 after dominating Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart for a record-breaking 25 consecutive weeks – ultimately breaking the record of most weeks spent at No. 1. The multi-genre hitmaker also announced his upcoming 44-city Backroad Baptism Tour throughout the US. The arena tour kicks off on Friday, 28th July at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southaven before wrapping up in Tampa at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on Saturday, 14th October.