NASHVILLE, Tenn. â€” Country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson, who scored hits with â€œNot On Your Loveâ€ and â€œThe Carâ€ before becoming a police officer, has died in Tennessee, his publicist said. He was 58.
Carson died of a heart attack at a hospital in Franklin, said Jeremy Westby of 2911 Media.
Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1963, Westby said in a news release. Carson sang in church and formed a band in Rogers, Arkansas, before moving to Branson, Missouri, where he wrote songs and played locally, the news release said.
Carson moved to Nashville and recorded demos for Tracy Lawrence, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and other country stars.
Carson received a recording contract at Curb Records in 1995 and released a single, â€œYeah Buddy.â€ He then recorded the singles â€œNot On Your Loveâ€ and â€œThe Car,â€ which won Carson his first Academy of Country Music award for video of the year.
Carsonâ€™s career had 14 singles on the Billboard chart in his career, Westby said.
Carson retired from music to become a police officer in Franklin, where he remained on the police force.
Carson returned to music in 2019 and released a previously recorded song, â€œGod Save The World.â€
Carson 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, Westby said.
Singer Bryan White said on Twitter that he was saddened to hear of his friendâ€™s death.
â€œHe was a tremendous singer and one of the kindest people Iâ€™ve ever met … Iâ€™ll see you on the good side buddy,â€ White said.
On Twitter, the Franklin Police Department thanked Carson for his â€œlife of service & songâ€ and said Carson â€œchanged everyone he met, all of us, for the better!â€
â€œItâ€™s hard to believe heâ€™s gone,â€ the department said on Twitter.