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Country music star Jason Aldean was born in Macon. The Windsor Academy graduate was actually born Jason Aldine Williams but chose his stage name because he thought "Jason Williams" sounded too generic.
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His rise to fame took a while. After joining the house band at Nashville South in Macon, he moved to Nashville at age 21. He would sign to two different record labels and get dropped twice.
About six years after moving to Nashville and feeling stuck, he gave himself six months to "make it" or he was going to return to Georgia.
Five weeks later, he signed to indie label Broken Bow Records, released radio hits "Hicktown" and "Why," both on his million-selling self-titled debut, which earned him "Top New Male Vocalist" from the Academy of Country Music.