A local band collaborated with a local artist to produce their second song to top iTunes’ list of top tracks this year.
Rock/hard rock band STATE of MINE and country music artist Drew Jacobs collaborated to create a rock cover of Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country.” The song held the number one spot for about a day-and-half for all songs and rock songs on iTunes’ charts after its release at midnight on Nov. 19, said Jay Gearhart, lead vocalist for STATE of MINE.
“We’re just some independent artists form Port Huron trying to make the dream come true,” Jacobs said.
As of Wednesday, the song was number two in all songs, behind Adele’s “Easy on Me.” In rock songs, the song was still at the top of the charts, ahead of Kid Rock’s “Don’t Tell Me How to Live.”
Gearhart said he watched the charts the morning the song came out, finally going to bed at 2 or 3 a.m.
“It’s so surreal when something like that happens, especially coming up through music as I have,” he said. “I would never think at 40 years old is when I would have all this success in music. …If you have a dream never give up on it because you never know when that opportunity is going to break for you.”
In February, STATE of MINE’s and No Resolve’s cover of Garth Brooks’ country song “The Thunder Rolls” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Hard Rock Songs and also topped both the Rock Digital Song Sales and Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, according to Billboard.
Jacobs’ debut album went number one on iTunes’ country music charts when it was released in 2017. This is his first single to rise to the top of iTunes’ charts.
“We worked for years and years to make the dream come true and it seems like everything is going in the right direction and we just couldn’t be happier,” Jacobs said.
Raised in St. Clair County, future plans
Jacobs and Gearhart were both raised and currently live in St. Clair County. STATE of MINE’s other four members, lead guitarist Aaron Ruhl, rhythm guitarist Matt Martin, bassist Corey Smith and drummer Mike Martin are from the Lansing area.
Jacobs and Gearhart met about 10 years ago through the music industry, when they were both playing in local bars.
Gearhart started his career at 13 years old by playing drums at his dad’s church before he started drumming for local bands. Eventually, he realized he wanted to sing, and found the opportunity as STATE of MINE’s lead vocalist.
Jacobs’ music career began when he played his acoustic guitar at 15 years old at Lynch’s Irish Tavern in Port Huron.
Jacobs said when he heard STATE of MINE was doing the cover for “God’s Country,” he reached out to Gearhart to collaborate.
“I realized that STATE of MINE was going to be doing a song, and I instantly reached out to them and said, ‘Listen, I got to be doing this song’. Instantly, Jay was like, ‘Yes, yes, get on the song,'” Jacobs said.
Both artists said they plan to stay in St. Clair County.
“I’m here for the long haul; we’re not moving anywhere,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs said he is working to release new songs about every six weeks, one of which will be a collaboration with artist David Garcia to remix “Heaven” by Brian Adams.
Gearhart said the band is currently working on a new single to be released around the new year.
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