The 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas is spicing up its pre-game party with a big shot of Jack — Jack Ingram, that is.
The Texas-born singer/songwriter headlines TexFest, the bowl game’s official pre-game party, this Saturday morning at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Ingram, who was raised in the area.
Ingram won the 2008 Academy of Country Music award for “Best New Male Vocalist,” even though folks who know country music knew there was nothing “new” about him. At the time of the award, he’d already put in more than a decade of time on the road, earning a loyal following along the way. What the award did do, however, was prove that Ingram had finally broken through with commercial success that finally matched his artistry.
The “Barefoot and Crazy” singer recently broke free from his contract with Big Machine Records. Free from the label, Ingram says he’s invigorated and looking forward instead of looking back. If you need proof of that, look no further than his new song “Religiously”. It’s a love song, but it’s not a direct or sappy one. “It just feels like it comes from a place of strength, ” says Ingram. “Instead of hoping for love, it’s kinda demanding it.” You can hear “Religiously” by clicking here.
Ingram says he’s working on a new record, and if this song is any indication, fans will definitely be back for more Jack.