Jelly Roll came out of jail with a plan. He was going to put every drop of energy he had into music.
"It was almost like something just clicked," he says in his new documentary, "Jelly Roll: Save Me." "I came home and jumped out of the window with no parachute."
Jelly Roll is gearing up for the May 30 release of his documentary "Jelly Roll: Save Me" on Hulu and the June 2 release of his debut country project "Whitsitt Chapel." The Antioch, Tennessee, native shared the track listing for "Whitsitt Chapel" and a trailer for "Jelly Roll: Save Me."
"You can change," Jelly Roll said in the clip. "You can turn this around. They said (I was) too fat to be in the music business. They said my voice wasn't cool enough. These are all mountains we had to conquer."
Later he explained: "The biggest demon in my life is my mental health. Music was my Hail Mary. I feel like I owe it to my people to give them hope. If I wasn't a musician, I'd be dead. Who'd of thought I could help people?"
His "Whitsitt Chapel" tracklist reveals that Nashville's country music community stepped up to help Jelly Roll. The 13-song list shows that Jelly Roll co-wrote every song on the album, some with country music's biggest stars.
He penned "The Lost" alongside Miranda Lambert and Jesse Frasure. He wrote "Unlive" with Ashley McBryde, Andrew Baylis, Zach Crowell and Michael Wayne Atha. Jelly Roll crafted "Church" with HARDY and David Garci. Brantley Gilbert and Struggle Jennings joined him on "Behind Bars," and Lainey Wilson recorded "Save Me" with him.
Jelly Roll started teasing the album named after his childhood church in March when he posted multiple photos of the Whitsitt Chapel church sign featuring lyrics from his songs.
"This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life," he said. "I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems."
Whitsitt Chapel Track Listing:
1. Halfway To Hell - Written by Jason DeFord, Jesse Frasure, Matt Jenkins, Jessie Jo Dillon*
2. Church - Written by Jason DeFord, Michael Hardy, David Garcia**
3. The Lost - Written by Jason DeFord, Jesse Frasure, Miranda Lambert*
4. Behind Bars (with Brantley Gilbert and Struggle Jennings) - Written by Jason DeFord, Brantley Gilbert, Michael Whitworth, Andrew Baylis, Brock Berryhill, Austin Nivarel***
5. Nail Me - Written by Jason DeFord, Kevin Gruft, Austin Nivarel^
6. Hold On Me - Written by Jason DeFord, Hillary Lindsey, Alysa Vanderheym, Michael Whitworth^
7. Kill A Man - Written by Jason DeFord, Riley Thomas, Andrew Baylis, Michael Whitworth^
8. Unlive (with Yelawolf) - Written by Jason DeFord, Ashley McBryde, Andrew Baylis, Zach Crowell, Michael Wayne Atha^
9. Save Me (with Lainey Wilson) - Written by Jason DeFord, David Ray Stevens^^
10. She - Written by Jason DeFord, Austin Nivarel, Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft^^^
11. Need A Favor - Written by Jason DeFord, Austin Nivarel, Joe Ragosta, Rob Ragosta*^
12. Dancing With The Devil - Written by Jason DeFord, Hunter Phelps, Zach Crowell^
13. Hungover In A Church Pew - Written by Jason DeFord, Hunter Phelps, Zach Crowell^
^Produced by Zach Crowell
*Produced by Zach Crowell and Jesse Frasure
**Produced by Zach Crowell and David Garcia
^^Produced by Zach Crowell and David Ray Stevens
*^Produced by Austin Nivarel
***Produced by Brock Berryhill and Andrew Baylis
^^^Produced by Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft