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Stage set for Carroll
Rising star offers energetic show
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Jason Michael Carroll will perform Tuesday at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by File photo
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Jason Michael Carroll’s performance will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the fairgrounds’ main stage. Cost of the concert is included in regular fair admission.
Rising country star Jason Michael Carroll will take to the main stage Tuesday night at the Cumming Country Fair & Festival.

The 31-year-old, who recently released his second album “Growing Up is Getting Old,” said he’s looking forward to his first time performing at the fair.

“We’ve been in Atlanta, Macon, Marietta,” he said. “We like coming to Georgia.”

Carroll, a North Carolina native, began his professional music career at age 18 after winning a radio station’s karaoke contest. But even before that, he knew he wanted to make a living through music.

“I grew up in church and was singing my whole life,” he said.

He recalled being impressed by traveling evangelical groups who came to his church.

“I was so interested when we had evangelical people come in on buses and I saw that was how they made a living,” he said.

Now it’s Carroll who is making his living through music.

His first album, “Waitin’ in the Country,” is on its way to gold level sales. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, he said, and topped Billy Ray Cyrus’ 15-year record for “Achy, Breaky Heart.”

“We came right of the gate swinging with the first album,” Carroll said. “That was pretty unheard of for a first-time artist.”

Some of Carroll’s hits include “Alyssa Lies,” “Livin’ Our Love Song,” “I Can Sleep When I’m Dead” and “Hurry Home.”

Anyone interested in checking out his music live will get their chance Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the fair. They won’t be disappointed, he said.

“We try to make everyone feel like the time they spent and the money they spent is worth it,” he said. “We want people to be able to get away from whatever they’ve got going on and enjoy us.

“Some of my big influences are Aerosmith and Garth Brooks, so we try to have a real energetic show that’s well worth it for people.”