JK Coltrain was born in Columbus, Ohio. He spent his early childhood days between there and West Virginia where his parents operated a small Mom & Pop grocery store. His dad also was an excellent auto mechanic. In fact he owned a number of repair shops over the years and was a weekend stock car racer. That’s one reason why J K is a Nascar fanatic to this day. J.K. grew up surrounded by music & musicians. His cousin, Buddy Starcher was a professional recording artist on Columbia Records.
He was a regular performer on the then popular Midwestern & Louisiana Hayrides. In 1983 he left The Southern Express to pursue a solo career as his heart was with traditional country music. He appeared to be taking the music business by storm as he was often the featured artist on Ernest Tubbs Midnight Jamboree.
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Many popular Nashville nightclubs booked him and he became dubbed ‘The Star of Tomorrow’ by Country Music News. He first cracked the country music charts in 1987. This was with a self-penned song, ‘West Virginia You’re Still My Home’ on the Studio 7 label. He enjoyed a number of chart successes including being shown in the Top 40 in Europe for 41 straight weeks. He also has made many appearances on radio & TV. Appearances include The Nashville Showcase, The Midnight Jamboree, Nashville On Stage, The Jerry Lewis Telethon & Stars of Tomorrow Show.
J K has toured worldwide and worked with some of the greatest names in country music. These include Jerry Reed, Loretta Lynn, The Bellamy Brothers and Conway Twitty. Also Buck Owens, George Jones, Tammy Wynette & Jerry Lee Lewis to name just a few. In addition to recording and performing on his own J. K. is now helping new up & coming young artists. JK Coltrain has served as President of Colt Records Nashville, Chairman of The Traditional Country Opry and hosts The Country Star Showcases.
He was awarded The Texas CMA Entertainer and Best Country Album of The Year awards and is a member of Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame and Country Music Association. Also, Academy of Country Music, Country Legends Association, Americana Music Association Roots Music Association and BMI.
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