Jeff Carson, country music artist turned Tennessee police officer, dies at 58

Jeff Carson, a multi-hit country music artist in the mid-90s whose career pivoted to local law enforcement, has died. He was 58 years old.

A press release posted on Carson’s official website said the singer died of a heart attack.

Carson grew up singing in church in Oklahoma before taking her country music ambitions to Branson, Missouri and eventually landing in Nashville.

It was there that in 1995, Carson landed a recording contract and released his first single, “Yeah Buddy”.

This was followed by “Not On Your Love”, which went to number one, according to his biography. The follow-up single, “The Car”, became a top five hit, finishing at number two and winning Carson his first Academy of Country Music Award for Video of the Year.

In total, Carson’s career has reached 14 singles on the Billboard charts.


Jeff Carson attends the 30th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 10, 1995 at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

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In 2009, Carson retired from music to become a police officer with the Franklin Police Department in Williamson County, Tennessee. He currently remained in the force until his death.

He briefly returned to music in 2019 to recut and release a previously recorded song, “God Save The World”.

His police department colleagues shared this song in honor of Carson, saying he “changed everyone he met, all of us, for the better!”

“May his message endure: God save the world,” the department wrote.

In October 2016, Carson was named Officer of the Month after apprehending a suspected shoplifter in a Target parking lot.

In 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the department released a video of Carson saying he’s wearing a “for the public” to encourage others to follow the county’s masking enforcement at the time.

Carson is survived by a wife and a son.

This story was reported from Detroit.