Hi there - my name is Jason Floyd Coleman.
I'm 27 years old and was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. I am a musician, and I'm thankful to have the opportunity to make a career out of doing something I love.
God has blessed me with a gift - I have played the piano all my life, since I was able to reach the keys as a little kid (or so my parents tell me). What makes things interesting, though, is the fact that I was fortunate enough to be born with the genes of a piano legend: my grandfather, Floyd Cramer.
Ironically, my parents had no idea when they named me after my Grandad that I would one day share the same passion for music that he had.
Music has always been an integral part of my life. Beginning at age five, I took piano lessons for eight years, which helped me develop the ability to read music. This complemented my innate ability to hear a song and imitate it very closely. To this day, I prefer playing by ear, but I truly value the ability to sightread as well.
And of course, I'm thankful to have grown up with such an incredible musical influence in my grandfather. My family has always been very close, so Grandad and I had a great relationship throughout my childhood until he passed away when I was 12 years old. While I am quick to say that I'm most proud of knowing him as just a "normal" Grandad, his impact on my development as a musician can't be understated.
Throughout my childhood and teenage years, I was always involved in musicals and choirs at church and in school. After graduating from high school, I attended Belmont University in Nashville and majored in music business. It was there that I learned the ins and outs of what it would take to forge a career in the music industry. I finish my undergraduate education at Belmont in four years and graduated in 2006.
I've been a performer for as long as I can remember. In my early years, I performed on TV twice with my grandfather - once in 1989 on "Nashville Now" hosted by Ralph Emery and once in 1994 on "Music City Tonight" hosted by Lorriane Crook and Charlie Chase. I also treasure the memories of playing the piano on occasion with Grandad at his live shows.
My love of performing has only grown stronger as time has passed and I've made music my career. I got my first taste of touring as an 18-year-old when I played keyboard for concerts across the country with Dove-nominated contemporary Christian artist Greg Long. I also gained invaluable performance experience by playing for innumerable benefit concerts, weddings, receptions, and other events in and around Nashville. One such event is the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society's annual convention, where, for several years now, I've been able to play alongside some incredible musicians - including Chet's great-niece, guitarist Meagan Taylor.
I have also had the privilege of working in the studio with several artists, ranging from country music legends, like Hank Locklin, to friends around Nashville looking for their big break.
Speaking of Hank Locklin, I was thrilled when he asked me to play the piano with him at the Grand Ole Opry in October 2002. We performed "Please Help Me, I'm Falling," which my Grandad originally recorded with Hank nearly 50 years prior.
In May 2004, I was given the tremendous honor of playing for the Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony recognizing my Grandad's induction into the Hall of Fame. It was an unforgettable experience to perform with Jimmy Capps and the Opry Band, Hank Locklin, and Maura O'Connell, all in heartfelt tribute to Grandad's life and legacy.
In 2005, I produced my first studio album, Merry Little Christmas. I followed it with Legacy in 2006 and Faith in 2007. It was a great experience to record so many fantastic Christmas, country and gospel songs on these three albums. I truly hope that people have enjoyed listening to them as much as I enjoyed putting them together.
Also in 2007, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Meagan Taylor on our Revival album. How awesome it was to record in Historic RCA Studio B with Meagan and a host of amazing musicians, including the legendary Charlie McCoy and the late Boots Randolph. Meagan and I are fortunate to be able to have so much fun playing together as we revive the musical relationship shared by Grandad and Chet.
In 2009, I released my first live album, LIVE! at Langdale: The Legacy of Floyd Cramer. It was a thrill to perform and record this in front of a live audience. This album really captures the whole concert experience - and I'm glad to offer it as I continue to share my Legacy of Floyd Cramer concerts with audiences around the country. I followed that album in 2011 with Just Me And My Piano, a collection of solo piano music. My most recent release is On The Road Again, a collaborative album with guitarist Richard Kiser and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy on harmonica.
In 2010, my career took its biggest step forward yet as I embarked on my very first nationwide concert tour, an experience that led me to more than 70 cities in 25 states all across the country in just an eight-month span. What an amazing concert season! It was an unforgettable first taste of a life of full-time touring, and it was so rewarding to hear stories from people in every city I visited about what an impact my Grandad's music has had on their lives. I'm excited now to be able to continue sharing these Legacy of Floyd Cramer concerts with audiences across the country.
And finally, I'm especially enjoying the most significant job to come my way: being a husband! I married my sweetheart, Natalie, in 2009. We're now living happily ever after in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
I feel truly blessed to have lived such a rewarding life up to this point. As great as it's been, though, I'm even more excited about what life has in store just around the corner. Surely the best is yet to come.
Enjoy the music,