Addiction is a subject that’s personal for Jelly Roll.
The country music superstar, who’s been open about spending much of his early years in and out of prison for drug charges, has been a strong advocate for groups working to help people fight drug addiction.
He’s spoken many times about the loved ones in his life who have battled with addiction, and addressed the topic with the emotional song “She” on his debut country album Whitsitt Chapel.
“She was the life of the party She was the one everybody Used to wanna hang around I bet they wonder where she is now I wish I woulda known Before she was too far gone I’m afraid to lose her now She’s afraid of comin’ down”
It’s a song that deeply resonated with fans who have watched loved ones struggle to overcome their addiction. And at a recent show on his Backroad Baptism Tour, one of Jelly Roll’s fans had a sign honoring his late sister, who he lost to a fentanyl overdose at the age of 21.
The sign had a picture of his sister, whose name is Meredith, and said that Meredith is his “She” from Jelly Roll’s song:
“”She” Is My Baby Sister.
Well the sign caught Jelly Roll’s attention, and the singer became emotional as he held it up on stage for the crowd to see.
He then performed “She,” choking up as he dedicated it to the fan and his late sister:
“I love you brother. And I thank you for coming here to represent her. And I love you.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to sing that song tonight. We’re going to sing it for you.”
A powerful moment, and a powerful reminder about the real consequences of addiction.