Jelly Roll announces inaugural global tour following challenges stemming from previous criminal convictions.

Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.

During a recent interview, the Grammy-nominated country artist shared that securing international venues had been difficult due to his prior legal issues.

Jelly Roll is expanding his live shows beyond the U.S. borders for the first time! The 39-year-old country star announced on Tuesday, June 18, that he will be performing his inaugural international concerts. His upcoming shows are scheduled for Monday, July 8, at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, and Tuesday, July 9, at Ottawa’s Bluesfest. Tickets for the St. Catharines concert will go on sale on Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. ET, while tickets for Bluesfest are already available.

The “Need a Favor” artist will mark his inaugural visit to Canada by performing in support of the Heather Winterstein Foundation. This organization is committed to aiding indigenous youth with mental health and addiction issues, as well as offering scholarships for future healthcare careers.

Jennifer Dockstader, executive director of the Heather Winterstein Foundation, expressed gratitude in a statement, saying, “The Heather Winterstein Foundation and the Winterstein family are thankful that Jelly Roll has chosen to hold his very first Canadian concert on our behalf. His commitment to raising awareness, sharing his journey of healing, and supporting treatments for substance use disorders serves as a beacon of hope for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.”

She continued, “His message brings to light the challenges faced by our loved ones and celebrates the healing journeys of individuals within our community, promoting opportunities for fairness and reconciliation.”

In addition to his debut Canadian performances, Jelly Roll will also take the stage at Ottawa Bluesfest, which runs from July 4 to July 14. He joins a lineup that includes Maroon 5, Nickelback, Nas, 50 Cent, Noah Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepsen, Shaboozey, and many others.

Mark Monahan, executive and artistic director of Ottawa Bluesfest, commented, “When the chance to feature Jelly Roll arose, we seized it. He has an incredible story to tell and is an outstanding performer.”

Jelly Roll’s international concerts follow closely on the heels of the Grammy-nominated artist, born Jason Bradley DeFord, explaining why he hadn’t performed outside the U.S. until now, attributing it to past legal issues.

“It’s ironic, America has finally allowed me to travel and issued me a passport, but some countries won’t permit me to enter due to my criminal record,” he shared in a recent Interview Magazine discussion with Jon Bon Jovi. “We’re actively addressing that situation. I believe things are moving in a positive direction for me.”

Before gaining fame, Jelly Roll had been incarcerated approximately 40 times on various drug-related charges. His legal troubles began at age 14 and escalated when he was arrested for aggravated robbery at 16, tried as an adult, and served more than a year in prison, followed by seven years of probation.

“I never want to overlook the fact that it was a heinous crime,” the singer expressed remorsefully to Billboard in 2023. “Looking back as a grown man at a 16-year-old kid who made the worst decision of his life, it’s clear people could have been hurt, and I’m grateful that, by the grace of God, nobody was.”

Currently, Jelly Roll is fully focused on his extensive Beautifully Broken arena tour across the United States, set to commence on Tuesday, August 27 in Salt Lake City. The tour will visit major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New Orleans, and more throughout the summer.

Additionally, later this month, the Whitsitt Chapel artist will co-host the CMA Fest 2024 primetime concert special alongside Ashley McBryde. This three-hour event was recorded during the annual Nashville festival held from June 6-9 and will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, June 25 at 8/7c.