Out of the mist of Eastern Kentucky rises a song that tells a story as familiar as the black coal that runs through these mountains. A story of love, family, hard work, despair, faith, hope, a dream and of course, music. It’s the story of Logan Hall a singer/songwriter whose greatest loves are family, his home state of Kentucky and music.
Like so many in his hometown of Virgie, Kentucky, Logan Hall grew up understanding the pride of hard work, the strength of a loving family and the joy of front porch picking. His mother Sherry taught him the value of a generous spirit, a tender but strong woman. His father Raymond, a coal truck driver, gave him the gift of his quiet wisdom, honesty and solid character. His sister Mandy is his faithful cheerleader, one of his dearest friends and shares his love for music.
Many men have been called a “family man” but if Webster’s had a definition for it you’d likely find Logan Hall’s picture in the highlights. His brown eyes beam with pride when he speaks of his wife Jana and their four children Maggie, Lily, Luke and Logan, Jr. who are no doubt his biggest fans.
Logans’ love for music came to life on his twelfth birthday when his father handed him a black guitar. Since then he learned to play piano, bass, drums, banjo, mandolin and dobro. His long list of musical influences range from Gregg Allman, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Ray Charles and it shows in the songs he writes and sings. The emotions of love, hard times and hope for the future are poured out as he sings the language of a Kentucky man’s heart and soul.
There’s nothing fancy about Logan Hall and that’s the way he likes it. He’s most comfortable in his jeans, a t-shirt, his favorite ball cap and boots. Playing his music, hunting, fishing and sharing time with family and friends are what bring him the most joy.
A love for the simpler things and a desire to provide a good life for his family led him to the coal mines to follow in the tradition of many generations of Hall men before him. He would first cut his teeth working on an Auger to being an Electrician on a Highwall Miner working 70-80 hours a week and playing his music every chance he got. “It’s an honest days work for an honest days pay, a life you can be proud of,” says Logan. He loved his work, the men who’d become family to him and even the smell of coal drifting in the air as they mined. In his dreams he was on the stage singing for his fans but in the real world mining put food on the table and he was content with that. However, an accident in the mines would change all that. Logan’s back was broken in three places and he quickly understood life would never be the same.
After a lengthy recovery, Logan resigned himself to the fact that he would never return to the mines again. He was inspired by Country Music star, Jamey Johnson, a singer/songwriter who saw his life spinning out of control as he lost his family, his record deal and almost everything important to him. “He poured his heart out in his music and had the guts to let the whole world hear it and the world embraced him. It’s the perfect Country Music story,” says Logan. So, he too turned to his guitar, formed a band and began doing what hecould to make a living. He played anywhere he could and especially enjoyed lending his talents to organizations like Relay for Life, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer and other charities raising funds for underprivileged children. But, he says his best gig was playing for his little girl in her 1st grade talent contest-she won.
Early in 2012 he heard that a contest called The Country Music Highway Road to Fame would soon be coming to the Eastern Corridor of Kentucky. Auditions would be held along Highway 23 looking for Kentucky’s next Country Music star. The goal was to find the next County Music artist from the area and expose the masses of talent in the region as well as revive Music education in the public school systems.
Pikeville, Kentucky’s Expo Center was the location for the first of three open call auditions. Logan Hall was the first in line, four babies in tow and the first to audition for the three Nashville judges. The judges were astonished at the voice that poured out of him and were happy to inform him he would be moving to the next round. He would perform in two more rounds until finally advancing to the finals in June 2012.
To a sold out crowd at The Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Logan Hall left a lifetime of emotion all on stage. After hearing his name called as the 2012 winner of The Country Music Highway Road to Fame, he was speechless. Since then it’s been television, radio and newspaper interviews, offers to perform and a lot of love from the people of Kentucky not to mention a lot of believers in Nashville.
As part of his prize package Logan received a one-year scholarship to train with America’s top artist development company, PCG Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee. He will also have the honor of spending some time with Kentucky’s beloved singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall at his ranch in Nashville to record in his studio.
The excitement has been overwhelming and Logan’s future is looking much brighter. Still, his heart is with the people of Kentucky many of whom recently lost their jobs in the mines. He is hoping to use his newfound celebrity to bring awareness to the many who are struggling desperately to provide for their families and to inspire them to never stop believing, to never lose hope.
Logan would love to sing on the Grand Ole Opry stage one day. He’d tell his story of what seemed to be his worst day turned out to be his best because it’s given him the open door to share his gift with the world. More than anything he wants to be a good father, husband and son but Logan Hall is destined for more.
One day soon, among a long list of great artist’s including Tom T. Hall, Loretta Lynn, and Keith Whitley you’re sure to see a new name, Logan Hall, singer/songwriter, family man, the pride of Virgie, Kentucky. With his voice and his songs, he will inspire the hard working people of Kentucky to sing their song again.