Country singer Buddy Jewell's meteoric rise caused him to be tagged an "overnight sensation," but looking back at the last ten years in Nashville ,Jewell can back up every minute. Entering a singing contest sponsored by the group Alabama landed him an opening slot for the band and enough inspiration to move to country music's capitol, Nashville, in 1993. By 1995 he started a job as a demo singer and recorded over 4,000 songs by writers who hoped to have their material cut by Nashville's greatest (some of the songs ended up being recorded by George Strait, Trace Adkins, and others). In 1998 he appeared on Bill Engvall's "I'm a Cowboy" single and in 2002 he sang backup on Ray Price's album Time. Things changed rapidly in 2003. On May 3 of that year, Jewell became the winner on country's answer to American Idol, Nashville Star. By May 5 the "Help Pour Out the Rain (Lacey's Song)" single was delivered to radio and on May 17 he was performing at the Grand Old Opry. On July 1 Columbia issued his self-titled debut album with superstar Clint Black in the producer's chair. Sweet Southern Comfort was the next smash hit making Jewell a permanent fixture in Country Music today .