1. Life Happened

From the recording Storyteller

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(Patrick Jason Matthews/Kerry Kurt Phillips)

From the time she was 13 Julie Thompson had a dream
That someday she would see her name in lights
After every high school play the grownups all would say
That Julie's future sure is looking bright
Well I saw her selling videos at a store in Eastland Mall
I said why aren't you in Hollywood taking casting calls
She handed my my change and started laughin'

Life happened
Me and Bobby Chapman fell in love
Daddy passed away and the babies came and drama school was just too much
Now there's Little League and mouths to feed
And I direct the kindergarten Christmas pageant
Life happened

Curtis had an old Chevelle the cops knew that car well
He never lost a race on Windy Hollow Rd.
By the time he turned 18 he was the Georgia dirt track king
Proudly sponsored by the local Texaco
Well I bumped into him at Murphy's Bar and I ordered us a round
I said why aren't you in Rockingham chasing Gordon down
He killed his drink and tore the corners off his napkin and said. . .

Life happened
I was driving home from Athens late one night
A trucker fell asleep and swapped paint with me they said I rolled that van at 
least 5 times
Now I thank my lucky stars and I sell used cars
And I teach driver's education at St. Catherine's
Yeah life happened

Saw the rest of my old friends at our reunion at the Holiday Inn
It seemed like it was only yesterday
Standing in the gym in our caps and gown full of wanderlust and glory bound
We set out to chase our dreams on wings of passion
But somewhere along the way we got distracted

Life happened
Our clothes went out of fashion with our songs
We started families and bought SUVs became step dads and soccer moms
I finally realized we turned out alright
And we spend the night just catching up and dancing
And life happened


Jason Matthews was born in Harrell's Store, North Carolina. At fifteen he saw Eric Clapton on television and became obsessed with writing songs. 

His first industry fan, WRFX DJ Macon in Charlotte, gave Matthews' demo to legendary musical comedy team Pinkard and Bowden, who subsequently invited Matthews to be their roadie and in-house writer. After a year on the road, he settled in Nashville to pursue his dream of becoming a hit songwriter. 

In 2006, he landed his first Number One with Billy Currington's version of his song, “Must Be Doin' Something Right.” This earned him the coveted Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Writer Of The Year award and several ASCAP awards. 

In 2008, Jason released the critically acclaimed album called "Hicotine" and the single "That's What Mamas Do". 

Jason is an artist with Valhalla Music Group.