NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson, who scored hits with “Not On Your Love” and “The Car” before becoming a police officer, has died in Tennessee, his publicist said. He was 58 years old.
Carson died of a heart attack at a Franklin hospital, 2911 Media’s Jeremy Westby said.
Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1963, Westby said in a press release. Carson sang in church and formed a band in Rogers, Arkansas, before moving to Branson, Missouri, where he wrote songs and performed locally, according to the press release.
Carson moved to Nashville and recorded demos for Tracy Lawrence, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and other country stars.
Carson received a recording contract from Curb Records in 1995 and released a single, “Yeah Buddy”. He then recorded the singles “Not On Your Love” and “The Car”, which earned Carson his first Academy of Country Music award for Video of the Year.
Carson’s career had 14 singles on the Billboard charts during her career, Westby said.
Carson retired from music to become a police officer in Franklin, where he remained on the force.
Carson returned to music in 2019 and released a previously recorded song, “God Save The World”.
Carson was in the studio with Buddy Hyatt recording an album to be released later this year featuring duets with Michael Ray, Darryl Worley and others, Westby said.
Singer Bryan White said on Twitter that he was saddened to learn of his friend’s passing.
“He was an amazing singer and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met…I’ll see you on the bright side mate,” White said.
On Twitter, the Franklin Police Department thanked Carson for his “life of service and song” and said Carson “changed everyone he met, all of us, for the better!”
“It’s hard to believe he’s gone,” the department said on Twitter.