See Inside Jelly Roll’s Dream Come True New Year’s Eve

Jelly Roll says he will cherish this night “forever.”


Lauren Jo Black

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January 1, 2024


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Jelly Roll with daughter, Bailey Bailee Ann, and wife, Bunnie XO; Photo Courtesy Jelly Roll, Instagram

Jelly Roll had the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream on New Year’s Eve when he performed live from New York’s Times Square as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024.

Shared The Memorable Moment With His Wife And Daughter

With his daughter, Bailee Ann, and wife, Bunnie XO, by his side, the newly crowned CMA New Artist of the Year took center stage in Times Square to perform a medley of his hits, including “Halfway to Hell”, “Wild Ones” (with Jessie Murph), and “Need a Favor.” 

Unlike most artists, Jelly Roll chose to sing live for this performance and did not lip sync. He later explained his decision on social media, telling fans, “For sure – cause I am who I am all the time – I don’t hide behind anything. Good bad or indifferent.”    

Jelly Roll, Ryan Seacrest; Photo by ABC/John Argueta
Jelly Roll, Ryan Seacrest; Photo by ABC/John Argueta

After the big show, Jelly Roll took time to reflect on what it meant to him to be a part of the iconic New Year’s Eve show. 

He Grew Up Watching New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

He wrote, “I’ll try to make this short. When I was growing up Nashville was a really small town. Like 1/6 of what it is now. And even though Nashville was a party town even back then, we didn’t have a big New Year’s Eve scene when I was a kid. And my daddy would always say ‘We don’t go out and drink with the amateurs on holidays’ so we always stayed in, and back then especially, just like the rest of the world our eyes would be glued to BALL in Times Square.”

The chart-topping star went on to explain how the show has been a focal point of so many New Year’s Eve nights in his life and admitted that he is in disbelief that he had the chance to perform. 

Jelly Roll; Photo by ABC/John Argueta
Jelly Roll; Photo by ABC/John Argueta

“I have literally watched dozens of Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve. Even a few of New Years that Bunnie and I have been together we have watched this show. And both talked about how much it meant to our childhood,” he shared. “To get the call to not only be a participant in it but to also be able to bring my family was something I will cherish forever. I got to watch the Ball drop in the middle of Times Square standing next to my Daughter, Wife, Ryan Seacrest, and LL Cool J on National Television.” 

Dream Come True Moments

Jelly Roll confessed that these are moments that he “never even dreamed could happen.” 

In closing, he wrote, “What a beautiful night. Happy New Year Everybody. My prayer is we all act out of more love and compassion this year.” 

This milestone career moment was one of many for Jelly Roll in 2023. Throughout the year, he earned three chart-topping singles, performed a sold-out headlining tour, won a CMA Award, and released his debut country album. 

When looking ahead to the new year, the genre-bending artist recently made a bold prediction about the future of country music as he confidently stated, “Country music’s best day[s] are still ahead.” 

Jelly Roll; Photo by ABC/John Argueta
Jelly Roll; Photo by ABC/John Argueta

“It’s going to be a big 2024. In fact, I predict country artists will bridge the gap between rock, pop, and hip-hop next year. Big crossover collabs,” he wrote in a post on Instagram. 

The Tennessee native is so sure of his prediction for country music, that he even told fans to “save this comment” to look back on at a later date. 

There’s no telling what the new year might have in store for country music, but chances are, Jelly Roll’s prediction won’t be too far off

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.