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Join Jeff on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1210613011 Having become a 'new' Father in April, Jeff has a new 'Muse' in his life, Brianna Nadine Bates (5 months) is the subject of Jeff's newest song,            "STILL LOVE YOU" on Trace Adkins' new 6 pak cd at  http://www.traceadkins.com/wired/   co written by Jeff Bates, Robert Author & Kirk Roth Check Out "That Thing We Do" on Blake Shelton's new 6 pak cd at http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20406407,00.html Written by Jeff Bates & Jason MAtthews
~~Jeffrey Wayne Bates (born September 19, 1963) was given up for adoption as a baby. He later met his birth mother, though his natural father remains a complete mystery. Mississippi sharecropper Ed Bates and his wife Barbara adopted him. Barbara, the daughter of a Pentecostal preacher, raised the baby on gospel songs. Eight brothers and sisters came along, and Ed and Barbara also took in two cousins. Bates' father became a bulldozer operator in the Columbia, Miss. area. By his teens, Bates was a self-described "geek." Poor and shy, he had few friends and was constantly picked on by bullies. When he fought back at age 14, he was suspended from school. The family was so backwoods that at the age of 17 Bates had never been outside of Marion County, Miss. Hungry to see the world, he joined the National Guard. After that, he took a job on an oil rig. One night, a friend urged him to get on stage at the Colonial Steak House in Columbia, Miss. He sang Elvis' "Suspicious Minds," George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Conway Twitty's "I'd Love to Lay You Down." The club owner offered him a six-nights-a-week gig and Bates quit his job the next day. Through the years music continued to be his first love. Wanting to pursue his music more seriously, he moved to Little Rock, Ark. In 1993 he formed his own band, Southern Storm. Bates blossomed quickly once he began writing with Music City's tunesmiths. Bates commuted to Nashville to write more songs. He signed to Warner-Chappell Publishing and started doing showcases in hopes of landing a recording contract. He moved to Nashville. Bates got caught up in using drugs. He had even sold all of his musical equipment to fund his drug habit. When that money ran out, he hit rock bottom. He ended up in jail. During his time behind bars, he decided to ask everyone for forgiveness and turn his life around. The next day, he found out that Gene Watson had recorded two of his songs and that Tracy Lawrence had recorded a song Bates wrote with Kenny Beard, called "What a Memory." Bates worked pouring concrete by day and created new music by night. He got his songwriting contract back. In time, some of his tapes made their way to RCA. On January 29, 2002, he sang in person for the label's executives. The label signed him and released his debut single "The Love Song" (reached #3) in 2003.  Jeff's first album, "Rainbow Man" arrived later that year, followed by "Leave the Light On" in 2006. 
Bates co-wrote 10 of the 13 songs on His Newest Self Titled CD "Jeff Bates" co-produced by Jimmy Nichols, Kenny Beard and Mickey Jack Cones. Along with his unquestionable Musical talents, exceptional Writing abilities and unbeleivable People skills, Jeff has taken on yet another task....He has become a well sought after Speaker against Drugs and Addiction.  http://www.cbn.com/700club/features/amazing/Jeff-Bates-093010.aspx  

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