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Jelly Roll launches music studio inside Nashville juvenile detention center where he was once incarcerated

Jelly Roll is very big on giving back.

According to Entertainment Tonight, the country music star helped launch a music studio inside of Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was once incarcerated.  

The outlet reported that a portion of the proceeds from Jelly Roll’s Bridgestone Arena headlining show in December and the Redemption Songs event earlier this year helped fund the program.

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Jelly Roll helped fund the building of a music studio in the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center. (John Parra/Getty Images for Audacys Riptide Music Festiva)

ET included a quote from the press release of the program that read, “This collaboration, featuring music luminaries Jeffrey Steele and ERNEST, alongside 35 pro/hit songwriters who helped kick off the program launch, embodies the belief in music’s role in personal growth and redemption, showcasing the journey from juvenile detention to success.”

In December 2022, the musician spoke to People magazine about creating a music studio in the detention center and how he wants “to bring hope” to troubled youths.

“It’s important, man. I think it’s important that we give back, especially [to] our kids,” he told the outlet at the time. “Man, our youth are so impressionable and the old quote goes, ‘None of them asked to be here.'”

Jelly Roll continued, “They were born into just whatever situation it was, and sometimes they can’t see past that situation or that neighborhood or that environment. I just hope to bring hope to that and kind of be a beacon and a light for those kids.”

At the time, People shared that Jelly Roll was teaming up with the nonprofit Impact Youth Outreach to create the music studio. He told the outlet that it was during his time serving at the juvenile center that he found his passion for music.

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“I was in and out of there for about three, three and a half years. I spent a lot of time there and eventually got charged as an adult for a crime I committed as a juvenile,” he told the outlet. “And I just realized that was the most impactful thing that ever happened in my life, and the darkest moments of my life still were being that 15-year-old scared kid spending Thanksgiving away from his family.”

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Jelly Roll rose to fame with his 2021 album, “Ballad of the Broken.” (Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images for Swift River Productions)

Jelly Roll continued, “I knew that I wanted to give back whenever I was in a situation to, and I always knew I wanted to make it really personal. So, I went back to the same juvenile that I started doing music at. I wrote some of my first raps there, had my first big rap battle there.”

WATCH: COUNTRY STAR JELLY ROLL SAYS ‘GOD HAD A BIGGER PURPOSE’ FOR HIM

In an interview with Fox News Digital ahead of the CMT Music Awards earlier this month, Jelly Roll said “God had a bigger purpose” for him.

“Faith was a lot of me believing it was going to work out for me,” he said. “Could you imagine being a 37-year-old, unsuccessful musician when you told people that was your job?” 

Jelly Roll, who rose to prominence with his 2021 album, “Ballad of the Broken,” explained that he had been creating music for years before he got recognition. In 2003, he took a shot at creating hip-hop music with his first release, “The Plain Shmear Tape,” but eventually made his way to country and rock music.

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Jelly Toll spoke to Fox News Digital ahead of the 2024 CMT Music Awards about his relationship with God. (Getty Images)

“It wasn’t like something I did on the side. Like, it was my job. And I just always had faith that God had a bigger purpose for what I was trying to do,” Jelly Roll said.

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The musician pointed out that his life is evidence “not everybody has to make a deal with the devil in this business.” 

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Bunnie Xo and Jelly Roll tied the knot in 2016. (Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Jelly Roll had a tumultuous upbringing and was imprisoned before he had the chance to graduate high school. He served time when he was 14 and welcomed his first child, daughter Bailee, while still behind bars.

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The “Need A Favor” singer has since gotten his life on track and has full custody of Bailee and raises her with his wife, Bunnie Xo. Bunnie, a former sex worker, and Jelly Roll tied the knot in 2016.

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