Jelly Roll is for the people. The country singer/songwriter has one of the coolest stories out there, as he spent the majority of his early life in and out of prison. However, he was able to turn his life around, and has become one of the most recognizable and beloved faces in all of mainstream country music.
With that being said, the man himself is using his platform as an opportunity to give back to those going through the same struggles that he went through in his early life.
According to MLive, Jelly Roll is expected to perform a few songs and speak to inmates at a jail in Flint, Michigan.
The Genesee County Sheriff’s office made the announcement via Facebook, saying that Jelly Roll will be making an appearance at the Genesee County Jail on December 5th, right after his concert in Detroit.
The outlet states that Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson shared a video to Jelly Roll, asking him to visit the jail.
Jelly Roll reportedly responded:
“Here’s what I want to do. I want to come see you. I want a ride along, I want to go talk, I want to play some songs for some inmates if I’m allowed to.
I will figure it out and I will see you December 5th. Love you Sheriff. Love what you are doing there.”
Swanson then called Jelly Roll the “Modern Day Johnny Cash,” who, of course played at Folsom Prison and San Quentin, which led to two of his most iconic records. He also announced that since the country singer earned his GED while incarcerated back in 2007 with no recognition, the sheriff’s office will be holding a GED commencement ceremony in the jail.