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Jeff Bates
Jeff Bates
Jeffery Wayne Bates
Born (1963-09-19) September 19, 1963 (age 54)[1]
Bunker Hill, Mississippi, United States
Genres Country
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Labels RCA Nashville, Black River Skydancer Entertainment
Andy Griggs
Jamey Johnson
Tracy Lawrence
Montgomery Gentry
Website Official website

Jeffery Wayne Bates (born September 19, 1963) is an American country music artist. Signed to RCA Records in late 2002, Bates released his debut album Rainbow Man in May 2003. A second album, Leave the Light On, was released in 2005 on RCA. He left RCA in 2006. This album was followed by Jeff Bates in 2008 on the independent Black River Entertainment. Bates' two RCA albums accounted for seven chart singles on the Billboard country charts, of which three reached top 40: "The Love Song" (his highest, at No. 8), "I Wanna Make You Cry" at No. 23, and "Long, Slow Kisses" at No. 17.


Jeff Bates was born in Bunker Hill, Mississippi, a community in Marion County. He went to East Marion High School in Columbia.[2]

Musical career

Rainbow Man

Before signing to a record contract, Bates co-wrote Tracy Lawrence's 2002 single "What a Memory". Bates signed to RCA Records Nashville in 2003, releasing his debut single, "The Love Song" in December 2002. Peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard country charts, it was the first of three singles from his debut album Rainbow Man,[2] which also produced a No. 47 in its title track and a No. 23 in "I Wanna Make You Cry". Bates co-produced the album with David Malloy, Kenny Beard, and Scott Hendricks.

Leave the Light On

His fourth single, "Long, Slow Kisses", was a re-recording of a cut from his debut album. This re-recording was the third Top 40 hit of his career, peaking at No. 17 in 2005. It was also the first of four singles from his second album, Leave the Light On.[2] However, none of the other three singles from this album -- "Good People", "No Shame" and "One Second Chance" -- reached Top 40, (However, "No Shame" did reach top 40 at No. 40 for Mediabase, which is used by Bob Kingsley's "Country Top 40" show), and Bates was dropped from RCA's roster.

Jeff Bates

He signed to Black River Entertainment in 2008 and released his self-titled third album. The album's first three singles were "Don't Hate Me for Lovin' You", "Riverbank", and "One Thing". In January 2009 he released his first Christmas single "That's What Christmas Is" with Jimmy Fortune of The Statler Brothers fame singing background vocals.

One Day Closer

Jeff's second and first EP for Black River, "One Day Closer" was released February 15, 2011.

Personal life

After signing a contract with Warner-Chappell Publishing, Bates developed a methamphetamine addiction in late 1999. To feed the drug habit, he sold everything he owned and then resorted to stealing, including a guitar from his friend Kenny Beard. On March 14, 2001, he was arrested for drug possession and grand theft. After rehabilitation and jail time, he was given a second chance and signed to RCA. The song "One Second Chance" was inspired by this part of his life.[3]

In August 2006, a $3,500 guitar that was a gift to Bates from the Takamine guitar company and used in his video "One Second Chance" was stolen from Bates's garage. When Bates called the Nashville police, Det. Rick Mavity was sent to investigate. Mavity was the same officer involved in Bates's arrest in 2001. Mavity located the stolen guitar in a pawn shop and returned it to Bates.[4]

In May 2007, Bates married his girlfriend, Kelly Vaughn,[5] in an outdoor ceremony. A year later, he signed to Black River Music Group and released his self-titled third album.


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country
US Heat
US Indie
Rainbow Man 14 117 1 --
Leave the Light On
  • Release date: April 11, 2006
  • Label: RCA Nashville
12 62 -- --
Jeff Bates 32 -- -- 37
One Day Closer
  • Release date: February 15, 2011
  • Label: Black River
-- -- -- --
The Songwriter Series
  • Release date: 2014
  • Label: Skydancer Entertainment
-- -- -- --
Me & Conway
  • Release date: October 10, 2014
  • Label: Skydancer Entertainment
-- -- -- --
Once Upon A Star
  • Release date: November 10, 2014
  • Label: Skydancer Entertainment
-- -- -- --
  • Release date: November 10, 2017
  • Label: Skydancer Entertainment
-- -- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
2002 "The Love Song" 8 59 Rainbow Man
2003 "Rainbow Man" 47 --
2004 "I Wanna Make You Cry" 23 --
"Long, Slow Kisses" 17 105 Leave the Light On
2005 "Good People" 42 --
2006 "No Shame" 45 --
"One Second Chance" 59 --
2008 "Don't Hate Me for Lovin' You" -- -- Jeff Bates
"Riverbank" -- --
2009 "One Thing" -- --
2011 "One Day Closer" -- -- One Day Closer
"He Wasn't Like Us" -- -- Jeff Bates
2014 "Me & Conway" -- -- Me & Conway
2016 "That Thing We Do" -- --
2017 "Judging Judas" -- -- Troublemaker
"Troublemaker" -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos

Year Video Director
2004 "I Wanna Make You Cry" Steven L. Weaver
2005 "Good People" Roman White
2006 "One Second Chance" Deaton Flanigen
2008 "Don't Hate Me For Lovin' You" Ryan Smith
2009 "One Thing"
2016 "That Thing We Do"


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 45. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b c Jeffries, David. "Jeff Bates biography". allmusic. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Dickinson, Chrissie (April 9, 2006). "One Second Chance cuts to the bone of Jeff bates story". One Second Chance cuts to the bone of Jeff Bates story. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Bates Recovers Stolen Guitar". Great American Country. August 15, 2006. Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ "Jeff Bates Pops the Question". Jeff Bates Pops the Question. Great American Country Headlines. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jeff Bates Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jeff Bates Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ "Jeff Bates Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jeff Bates Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jeff Bates Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 
  11. ^ "Jeff Bates Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2011. 

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