Jelly Roll Announces First-Ever Country Album, ‘WHITSITT CHAPEL’: “This Is Therapeutic Music”

Arriving on June 2, WHITSITT CHAPEL will include 13 tracks, two of which are collaborations.


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Posted on March 16, 2023

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Hot on the heels of his CRS New Faces showcase performance, Jelly Roll has unveiled details about his highly anticipated new album, WHITSITT CHAPEL

Arriving on June 2, the project is named after the church the Antioch native grew up attending and will feature 13 tracks.

WHITSITT CHAPEL serves as Jelly Roll’s debut full-length country record via BMG/Stoney Creek Records. Among the tracks featured will be his current single, “Need A Favor.” 

Written by Jelly Roll, Austin Nivarel, Joe Ragosta and Rob Ragosta, “Need A Favor” was released to country radio in mid-February. The song details the story of a character who turns to prayer as he’s trying to convince his love interest to stick around. He realizes that he doesn’t necessarily deserve the favor, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes at this defining moment in his life.  

“I only talk to God when I need a favor / And I only pray when I ain’t got a prayer / So, who the hell am I, who the hell am I / To expect a Savior, oh / If I only talk to God when I need a favor / But God, I need a favor / Amen, amen,” he sings on the chorus. 

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The project will also feature the fan-favorite tune “Save Me,” “SHE,” and a collaboration with Brantley Gilbert and Struggle Jennings. Jelly Roll delivered the live debut of the upcoming new song titled “Behind Bars” during his performance at the CRS New Faces Of Country Music event in Nashville on Wednesday evening (Mar. 15).


@officialjellyroll performed an unreleased new collaboration with @brantleygilbert and @strugglejenning1s tonight in Nashville at CRS. #JellyRoll #BrantleyGilbert #StruggleJennings

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He Teased The Album Announcement On Social Media

Jelly Roll teased the announcement earlier this week when he showcased images of the Whitsitt Chapel outdoor sign that included song lyrics from current and unreleased tracks from the project. The complete track listing will be revealed at a later date.  

“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems,” Jelly Roll shared in a statement.

The weeks leading up to Jelly Roll’s album announcement have been monumental for Jelly Roll. The genre-bending star recently played a sold-out hometown show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for over 16,000 fans. He also made his Grand Ole Opry debut, scored his first No.1 at country radio, a two-week No.1 at rock radio, and made Billboard chart history with a record-breaking 25 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s all-genre Emerging Artists chart.

Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images
Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images

Backroad Baptism Tour

The 38-year-old hitmaker will soon take his forthcoming new album on the road. 

Jelly Roll recently announced his massive 44-date headlining arena tour, Backroad Baptism Tour.

Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers, the Backroad Baptism Tour kicks off on Friday, July 28 at Bank Plus Amphitheater in Southhaven, Mississippi and run through Saturday, October 14, where the trek will wrap up in Tampa, Florida at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre.

“The Backroad Baptism Tour is a big one for me, y’all! I’m bringing my friends out on the road this summer, and I can’t wait to see every one of you mutherf***ers at a show,” Jelly Roll shared.

Ashley McBryde, Caitlynne Curtis, Chase Rice, Elle King, Merkules, Struggle Jennings, Three 6 Mafia, Yelawolf will serve as support on select dates of the tour.

In the midst of his headlining tour, Jelly Roll will also serve as support on several dates of Eric Church’s The Outsiders Revival Tour. The genre-bending artist, whose real name is Jason DeFord, is also scheduled to perform at several upcoming festivals this year, including Tailgate N’ Tallboys Bloomington, Tailgate N’ Tallboys Clinton, TidalWave Music Festival, and more.

Additionally, Jelly Roll is currently a first-time nominee at the 2023 CMT Music Awards, where he is nominated for three awards, including Male Video Of The Year (“Son Of A Sinner”), Breakthrough Male Video Of The Year (“Son Of A Sinner”), CMT Digital-First Performance Of The Year (“Son Of A Sinner” – CMT All Access).

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