J.D. Shelburne is that rare artist for whom the dream, the life, and the music have all come together.

“I’ve been blessed enough to hit that sweet spot,” says the lanky Kentucky native, whose music channels his small-town roots amid his journey from regional star to the national stage. “And the best part is, I have the truest and most loyal fans in the world, and they’ve been with me every step of the way.”

J.D.’s journey has taken him from Taylorsville, Kentucky, to the iTunes Country Top Ten, landed him on CMT and the Circle Network, found him opening for ZZ Top, Miranda Lambert, and Marty Stuart, put him on the cover of Kentucky’s Official Visitor’s Guide, and made national news for the sheer size and exuberance of a crowd numbering in the tens of thousands at one of his hometown concerts. 

Now, with his latest album, Neon Hallelujah, J.D. takes another major leap forward, one that locks down his position as one of modern country’s most exciting and accomplished singers.

The follow-up to his breakthrough Straight From Kentucky album, Neon Hallelujah finds J.D. at the top of his game as a singer and writer, with 14 new songs destined to join the ranks of fan favorites as they offer further peeks inside his heart and soul.

“Just when I think it’s impossible to outdo my last project,” he says, “I realize that I and my studio team and co-writers have done just that. I’m so proud of these new songs.”

They include “Change Your Mind,” a rocker about sticking it out through the rough times, “Devil In Me,” about dealing with one’s wild side, “Panama City Six-Pack,” about saving the magic of the beach long after the vacation, and “All Night Kiss,” celebrating love with lines like “Who needs to sleep when you’re already dreamin’”?

Nowhere does it all come together more thoroughly than on the title track, the album’s first single.

“‘Neon Hallelujah’ is my life in music,” says J.D. of a song that walks listeners through the small town that shaped him and the heart for faith, family, and simple pleasures that still defines him. “Every line, every image, is like a photo of a special moment in my memory bank—the rusty truck, the corner store, everything here is really how I grew up. I knew fans would relate to it.”

J.D.’s voice, honed through more than a decade of relentless touring, has never been stronger or more nuanced, and his writing has matured along with it.

One of the album’s finest moments finds J.D. joined by Hall of Fame legends The Oak Ridge Boys for a version of “Amazing Grace” destined to thrill new and old fans alike.

“My collaboration with The Oak Ridge Boys elevates this new collection of songs even more,” he says. “I still can’t believe I got to record with icons.”

The album is yet another crowning achievement in a life that began on a Taylorsville tobacco farm with his principal father and schoolteacher mother, as he learned “a strong work ethic, a love for family, and having a passion for what you do.”

At 19, when he returned from college for his grandmother’s funeral, he found a guitar in her closet and took it back to school. He began playing every day between classes, and when he came home for the summer, he practiced in a local church.

“That’s where it all started for me,” he says, “and it just all came naturally.” Friends urged him to play clubs, and it wasn’t long before he had a loyal following and sellout dates on his hands. He began playing in Louisville and then moved to Nashville after graduation.

Along the way, he has been featured in Country Weekly Magazine, debuted as the #1 trending artist on CMT.com, and performed at over a hundred fairs and festivals spanning the eastern U.S. He has been part of the CMA Music Festival, the NCAA Women’s Final Four, and the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Race, and has performed at SunTrust Park, Guaranteed Rate Field, Great American Ballpark, Freedom Hall, and Rupp Arena, to name just a few, sharing the stage with over fifty national acts. He was featured as the Texas Roadhouse Artist of the Month nationwide in May 2020 in 580 restaurants, a feat shared with the likes of Kenny Chesney, George Strait, and Rodney Atkins. He has made numerous appearances at the Kentucky Derby and his outfits have been featured on display in the museum at historic Churchill Downs. He performed the Kentucky state song at the capital by request of the state’s Senate and House of Representatives, and he was part of Hometown Rising in Louisville, headlined by Tim McGraw, playing for a crowd of tens of thousands. He has been featured in Kentucky Monthly and Kentucky Alumni magazines and was named Most Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information in 2016.

In addition, J.D. has raised thousands of dollars for charities including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Blessings In a Backpack, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure to name a few.

A dedicated family man, J.D. loves giving his fans a taste of his home life with wife Amy and son Jax. That too is part of the sweet spot as his social media connects him to that growing fan base.

“I couldn’t ask for a better life,” he says, “and I try with every song I put out to share the blessings and offer encouragement along with the fun. I wouldn’t trade it.”

What others are saying?

“For those of us who know, JD Shelburne is already a superstar. Now with the release of his new album “Straight from Kentucky”, the rest of the world will discover JD’s incredible talent. Songs like “Hometown In My Headlights” and “Sunburn” are sure to be blasting out of car stereos, coast to coast all summer long!

JD Shelburne is the rare combination of an incredible talent with true artistry, and an even better human being.

“Straight From Kentucky” is the album that will sit nicely with the classics in your record collection!

Mark McGrath

Lead vocalist of the rock band Sugar Ray, Host of SiriusXM 90’s on 9

“JD is one of our favorite new artists at CMT!  He’s been part of many of our artist franchises and video premieres!  This new song is next level for JD and time for everyone to pay attention”.
Leslie Fram

Senior Vice President of Music Strategy, CMT

“JD Shelburne’s new album Straight From Kentucky is an awesome collection of well written sings performed incredibly well … Shelburne has been honing his craft for a long time now and I believe this project will launch him into a whole new level of success …. and big time success is what this guy deserves … He is the real deal …”


Joe Bonsall

Lead Singer, The Oak Ridge Boys

“We are very excited about J.D.’s new release. We’ve watched his career grow from playing in our Support Center parking lot to being featured as our Texas Roadhouse Artist of the Month at over 600 locations. J.D. is a great partner to Texas Roadhouse and we can’t way to see the success his new album brings.”
Travis Doster

Vice President of Communications, Texas Roadhouse

“J.D. Shelburne’s new album, Straight From Kentucky, is hot and fresh! Just like Mom’s homemade Kentucky biscuits. Really smart, well written songs performed brilliantly. Congrats to producer Phil O’Donnell and my pal J.D. on a superb album. Well done! “
Steve Wariner

Recording Artist, Grand Ole Opry Member/ Grammy Award, CMA & ACM Award Winner

JD in my opinion is arguably the hardest working independent artist in the music business. It’s no mystery why JD continues to have doors open for him…his kind of work ethic and energy make you want to get on board, so I did. We’ve written some great songs together but he’s always listening for a hit and not afraid to cut an outside song. This gets writers like myself excited. It’s old school but it still works! JD continues to mature and define himself as an artist so I’ve no doubt this new album will be his best.
Mark Nesler

Award Winning Songwriter, Writer of several #1 hits

“Hometown in my Headlights should be a number one single. It’s what you get when you match a great singer with a great song. Best line in the song is… a party in the parking lot.”
Lee Greenwood

“I am looking forward to hearing JD Shelburne’s new album ‘Straight From Kentucky.’ If it is anything like his new single “Hometown In My Headlights,” I’ll be playing it everywhere!”

Johnny Lee

“JD is a genuine and engaging performer whose high energy and affable character create the atmosphere that defines great performance. This impressive album captures the remarkable talent and essence of JD.”

Brent Elliott

Master Distiller & Director of Quality , Four Roses Bourbon

“JD is one of those guys that has been around and is not going to take ‘no’ for an answer. Straight ahead work ethic and where one door closes it seems that God opens two more for him. Three minutes from being a major.”

Phil O’Donnell

Producer, Writer of several #1 Country Songs/ Producer Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan and more.

I had the opportunity to interview J.D. this summer and immediately got the vibe that he’s the real deal!  When you listen to his music, that’s obvious, but talking to the man solidified that.  He’s not only a great singer, but he’s also an exceptional songwriter.  And in this business, it starts with those who put pen to paper to make the magic.  J.D. is the complete package.  
Bub McCullough

Radio Host , WMCI/WCBH/WWGO/WZNX-HD Mattoon, IL

“J.D. was a delightful guest on the Z100 Radio Roadhouse! His musicianship was suburb and we loved hearing the stories behind the songs. He’s a solid performer and a fun personality!”

Shawna Matthews

Z100, Carbondale, IL

“Neon Hallelujah, is an album that takes me back to my “Storms of Life” – a collection of songs that were the stories of our lives. JD Shelburne pours out his passion for family, faith, farm-life, and friendship in the grooves of this one!  It takes you down the country backroads to the tobacco fields of Taylorsville, KY where a young talent honed. Not only a great singer, songwriter, and entertainer; but JD is kind, charismatic, and captivating in person. Love the man…enjoy his music!”
Randy Travis

Country Music Icon, Grammy Award Winner, Country Music Hall of Fame Member

“Well produced, well sung and well written, J.D. Shelburne comes out with a super strong debut that is sure to be a hit with the listeners.  Can’t wait to watch this guy’s career blossom.”

Mike Thomas

Program/ Music Director , KWRE/KFAV Radio Warrenton, MO

“We have witnessed JD build his following from the ground up and with “One Less Girl” he is taking his career to the next level.”

Brett Waford

Program Director, WVKY & WFKY Froggy 101.7 & 104.9 Frankfort, KY

“I was seriously impressed at the turnout for JD‘s hometown show in 2021. Fans were singing along to every word. He is a great representation of Kentucky’s rich musical heritage and is definitely one to watch.”

Ashley Wilson

Director of Country Programming, 97.5 WAMZ, 98.1 The Bull, 98.9 Kiss FM, WNRW-FM Louisville, KY

“ J.D. Shelburne relays a willingness to share in his new Album. The Kentucky Born singer songwriter recorded songs that touched every area of his life. From small town , friends, family, life growing up, church, youth & his heritage. His music is a lifestyle that allows him to show off his love for small-town America , along with finding hope and comfort in his world. Straight from Kentucky addresses everything you could imagine about the state and paints a picture in your mind to get up and head up to the Bluegrass parkway right now.“

Tony Conway

President, Conway Entertainment Group, LLC / Ontourage Management, LLC


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