"The unexpected death of my mother is what pushed me into country music" answers Jim Van Fleet to the question that's been asked so many times, "what made you pursue the live stage when you have such a cool job already?"
Jim recalls those moments just before the decision was made to pursue his lifelong dream.
"I got a call at 2:30am just before Mother's Day weekend 2003 to return home to Oklahoma and bury my mother who had just passed at only 49 years old. It's been the hardest and worst experience of my entire life. I was only 28. She was my rock, my sanity, and my best friend. I was devastated."
"A lot of things are cloudy and numb from that time but I will never forget standing over her grave and thinking about how much of her life she, and all of her family and friends were cheated out of. I said right then and there I would finally face my fear's of failing, and rejection and would pursue my biggest dream in life...to be a successful Country Artist."
Jim Van Fleet (yes the Weatherman on FOX Television) is the front man and lead vocalist for one of the Southeast's hottest country music bands performing right now. Jim's passion for music mixed with an energetic "Live" show makes for a unique connection with every audience. Aaron Tippin said..."It's just a matter of time for that guy" (to be discovered.)
Over the the last few year's The Reign have opened up for some of Country Music's best in the business. Artist's such as Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Gretchen Wilson, Chris Cagle, Hank Williams Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Tracy Lawrence, Dwight Yoakam, Jake Owen, Joe Nichols, Sara Evans, David Allen Coe, and Charlie Daniel's, have all performed together at concerts throughout the Southeast.
They have also played in front of thousands of people at local festivals like, Sea World’s “Bud & BBQ Festival, Leesburg’s Bikefest, Cocoa Beach’s Springfest, and Zellwood’s famous "Sweet Corn Festival".
"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" is the second album from this Florida based band and is the follow up to last year's "Not Enough Ground".
Jim's brand new CD - "Maytown Road" is on a soft release right now with a CD release party to be scheduled soon. That new CD, plus new merchandise can be found in the "Store" section of Jim's bew website - www.jimvanfleet.co