Jelly Roll is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter known for his unique blend of country, blues, and hip-hop music. Born as Jason DeFord on December 4th, 1983 in Nashville, Tennessee, Jelly Roll grew up in a broken home where drug addiction and crime were prevalent.

Early Life

Jelly Roll's father was incarcerated when he was just a year old. His mother struggled with addiction throughout his childhood. He found solace in writing poetry at the age of nine and started rapping at the age of 14.


In 2005, Jelly Roll released his first mixtape titled "Halfway House". The mixtape was well-received but it wasn't until the release of his 2010 album "The Big Sal Story" that he gained mainstream attention.

Over the years Jelly Roll has released several albums including "Deal or No Deal", "Whiskey Sessions", and "Crosses and Crossroads". He has also collaborated with several artists like Lil Wyte and Struggle Jennings.

His unique style blends elements of rock music with rap lyrics that talk about his struggles with addiction, love life challenges, struggles to make it big in the music industry amongst other topics that speak to many listeners who can relate to these issues.

Personal Life

Jelly Roll is married to Bunnie Xo and they have four children together. Bunnie also appears in some of his songs providing backing vocals to their unique sound combination of rock/hip hop/country blues.


Jelly Rolls’ eclectic sound appeals to people who appreciate good music across genres. His fan base keeps growing as he tours North America performing across various venues entertaining fans from all walks of life. He continues to produce hit tracks that continue getting airplay on mainstream radio channels giving him ever-increasing popularity as he cements himself among one of America’s popular rappers.