Country singer-turned-policeman Jeff Carson dies at age 58

Country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson died Saturday in a Franklin, TN, hospital from a heart attack. Carson was 58. Carson had hits with “Not On Your Love,” and “The Car”.

Born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1963, Carson sang in church and formed a band in Rogers, Arkansas, before moving to Branson, Missouri, becoming a local attraction in the music town. Carson then moved to Nashville and recorded demos for Tracy Lawrence, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and other country stars. Carson’s career had 14 singles on the Billboard chart in his career before retiring from music to become a police officer in Franklin, where he remained on the police force at the time of his death.

Carson returned to music in 2019 and released a previously recorded song, “God Save The World.” He had been in the studio with Buddy Hyatt recording an album to be released later this year with duets with Michael Ray, Darryl Worley and others, his publicist said.

Carson is survived by his wife, Kim Cooper Carson, son Dayton Grei Herndon Carson, mother Virginia Norton, brother Steve Herndon, sister Karen Spurlock, as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. No information on memorial plans was immediately available.

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