Country newcomer Jordan Rager’s debut single, “Southern Boy,” has been catching fire!
The song, which features vocals by 2016 ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, is a country-fied anthem with incredibly catchy lyrics. But behind it all, there’s a deeply personal story that will hit you straight in the heart.
“I’m so honored to get to sing it every night,” Jordan tells Rare Country about the song.
“Southern Boy” was inspired by a teenager named Cameron Scroggins who lived close to where Jordan grew up in Georgia. In 2012, Cameron was diagnosed with an illness that most kids will likely never have to face — terminal cancer.
While writers Jeremy Stover, Luke Laird and Barry Dean co-penned the cut, the lyrics act as a reminder for Jordan to live life to the fullest — a sentiment, which he hopes to share with his fans.
“The way that the writers put it was, ‘Cam was a good ole southern boy before he got sick, and he was the same good ole southern boy after he got sick all the way leading up to his unfortunate early passing.’” Said Jordan, “When you think about this 15-year-old kid who was brave enough to stare cancer in the face, that really put a lot of things into perspective for me.”
Sadly, cancer took over Cameron’s life, and he died on Dec. 7, 2013. Oddly enough, it was on that same day that Jordan recorded the song.
“I had walked into the studio that day…. the morning that I sang the song that was a tribute to Cam, he passed away, but he wasn’t hurting anymore,” said Jordan.
Thus far, Jordan doesn’t have a debut album release date planned, but he does expect it to be out this year.
Click the video above to hear Jordan’s beautiful ode to Cameron, “Southern Boy.”