Jason McCoy is a Canadian singer/songwriter who performs country music. He was born in Barrie, Ontario and was raised for a time in Camrose, Alberta before his family settled in Anten Mills, Ontario.
He has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, 3 SOCAN Song of the Year awards, 19 CCMA nominations and 5 Juno nominations (all for Best Country Male Vocalist). He also won 6 awards at the 2004 Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association awards. In 2006, he was awarded with the Global Artist Award at the CMA Awards in Nashville.
McCoy is also one of the three members of the group The Road Hammers, which has released two studio albums, in addition to charting four singles in Canada and one in the United States.
At around the age of 5, his family moved to Camrose, Alberta, returning three years later. “The cowboy culture really stuck with me. I just fell in love with the music. For some reason, as a little kid, I had some sort of connection with these guys who were singing about these depressing things,” McCoy said, citing Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash to lesser known artists like Ed Bruce and Wynn Stewart. “I just didn’t have a voice for rock ‘n’ roll.” Jason started playing guitar at age 7 and wrote his first song when he was 12.
In his teens, Jason owned a rock ‘n’ roll guitar and was partial to AC/DC. In the 1980s, he joined a band called Three Quarter Country, which performed at legions, Saturday night dances, and clubs in Barrie, Midland, Orillia and other small towns. Jason won a talent contest in Toronto in 1988, allowing him to travel to Nashville to record an album with Ray Griff. He later signed with MCA Records in 1995.
On May 1, 1999, he married his long time love, Terrine Barnes. Their daughter, Grace Margaret McCoy, was born June 21, 2006.
McCoy was a member of the country-rock group The Road Hammers from 2005–2010, which also featured musicians Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne, and earlier, Corbett Frasz. His first album in seven years, Everything, was released on March 1, 2011.
Biography courtesy of Canadian Country Spotlight – Jason McCoy
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