The “Son Of A Sinner” powerhouse reflected on a brief preview clip he watched before the documentary made its debut, and remembered his emotional reaction to it. Jelly Roll said, per ABC News Studios, that he “got to see just a minute teaser of this documentary and I cried. I mean, I cried. I cried for like 20 minutes after I watched it.”
Jelly Roll said “we told the truth” through the documentary, delving into childhood memories, struggles with drugs and alcohol, jail, mental health and more, and how his powerful music quickly propelled the Nashville native to fame. He said in the ABC News Studios clip that he’s “nervous, but I am excited,” for viewers to watch the documentary, and added that he wants to “help those that feel helpless.”
“I feel like I owe it to my people to try to give them hope,” Jelly Roll said earlier this week as he shared another teaser for Jelly Roll: Save Me, noting that the documentary is about his “passion for music, his fans, and the community he came from.”
Viewers will watch exclusive, never-before-seen footage and interviews with Jelly Roll and others, capturing “a raw and unflinching artist, incarcerated as a teen and adult, now using the power of his platform to raise awareness and funds for at-risk youth across the country,” reads a previously-issued press release about the then-unreleased documentary. Jelly Roll: Save Me also captures footage from a packed Bridgestone Arena show in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
The former iHeartRadio On The Verge Artist is only a few days away from releasing his highly-anticipated album, Whitsitt Chapel, due on Friday (June 2). The 13-track collection includes his duet with fellow award-winning artist Lainey Wilson, songwriting collaborations with Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, HARDY and many others, in addition to other highlights.
“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life,” Jelly Roll previously said in a statement. “I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems.”