A show-stopping vocalist and sharp songwriter, Nick Norman brings humor, heart, southern storytelling, and soulful swagger to the country genre. It's a sound that began taking shape in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, where Nick grew up listening to a soundtrack of home-state heroes — including Edwin McCain and Hootie & the Blowfish — and icons like Stevie Wonder and The Band. He soaked it all up, mixing the rootsy sounds of the FM dial with the awe-inspiring power of the gospel singers he'd hear every Sunday morning at the local church.
A lifelong friend and collaborator of country star Lee Brice, Nick began recording songs as a teenager, working inside a makeshift studio that he constructed with Lee in the pump house of a local church camp. He later moved south to Key West, where he established himself as one of the area's strongest draws. Even so, it was his newest album that brought him back to Nashville, where Nick recorded a batch of raw, rootsy songs — including several tracks co-written with his childhood friend, Lee — in Zac Brown's Southern Ground Studio. Produced by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Elisha Hoffman, Nick Norman isn't just Nick's strongest effort to date; it's also the first release on Pump House Records.
When asked where he got his start, Jason’s immediate response is “My roots.” He credits his family and their unwavering support for making him the musician and vocalist he is today.
These roots stem back to Savannah, Georgia where he spent most of his childhood just outside of town in Richmond Hill. Growing up, his family co-owned and operated an ostrich farm (you read that right, an ostrich farm!) before moving in with his grandparents, Judie and Russell, or as some called him, The Reverend, despite his less than holy ways. Jason discovered his love for singing through his grandfather.
The Reverend taught Jason about creativity in music. He was always singing old standards and hymns and had a habit of changing the lyrics to suit his mood or make a more entertaining version. He was a natural storyteller and a loyal friend, husband, father, and grandfather. Jason endearingly describes him as a man who “didn’t take no shit from nobody.” The Reverend passed away in 2009. Jason misses and sings for him every day.
Jason began participating in organized music upon entering high school, chorus and musical theater programs, and taught himself to play the guitar when he was 17. That was just the beginning of making music his life. After being accepted to Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville, GA, he made a name for himself playing house parties and bar gigs. Jason took a break from the college in 2010 (#college), returning to his roots and playing back home in Richmond Hill where he quickly became a local favorite. He was gigging every weekend in a handful of regular venues in town. That’s when he got his big break.
“It’s crazy how my two worlds started to collide; my roots and my journey as a musician created a road map I could never have imagined.”