About John Jarrard

John Jarrard raised more than $100,000 for research, awareness and education programs of the American Diabetes Association.

John was born and reared in Gainesville, Georgia, and moved to Nashville in 1977 to pursue a career as a country music songwriter. Within one year, he began to experience sight failure resulting from diabetes, and by 1979, was totally blind. When country music superstar Don Williams recorded John’s song, “Nobody But You,” taking it to the top of the charts, doors began to open. Over the ensuing years, John’s songs were recorded by the group Alabama, George Strait, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, and others, until he had scored eleven number one hits.
As diabetes took a greater toll on John, he endured two kidney transplants and the amputation of both legs, but rebounded each time with the attitude that God would strengthen him. John was an inspiration to many people right up to his death in February 2001. In February 2001, The Georgia General Assembly adopted a resolution (HR 418) at the passing of John. His widow, Janet Jarrard, resides in Nashville, TN.John Jarrard raised more than $100,000 for research, awareness and education programs of the American Diabetes Association. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in public relations. A faculty member of NashCamp Songwriting Camp in Cumberland Furnance, Tennessee – a scholarship fund is established there in John’s name.

John Jarrard: May 7, 1953 – February 1, 2001

John Jarrard Song Titles ( either written or co-written)

“Blue Clear Sky” George Strait
“There’s No Way” Alabama
“You’ve Got the Touch” Alabama
“We Can’t Love Like This Anymore” Alabama
“Nobody But You” Recorded by Don Williams
“Mirror, Mirror” Diamond Rio
“Is That A Tear” Tracey Lawrence
“Money In The Bank” John Anderson
“They’re Playing Our Song” Neal McCoy
“Lonely Alone” Recorded by the Forrester Sisters
“My Kind Of Girl” Colin Raye
“I Still Do” Recorded by Bill Medley
“If It Ain’t Dixie – It Won’t Do” Alabama
“Katy Brought My Guitar Back Today” Alabama & Rhett Atkins
“Old Man” Alabama
“Deep Down” Pam Tillis
“I Sure Can Smell the Rain” Blackhawk
“When It All Goes South” Alabama
“One Last Good Hand” Reba McEntire
“I Can’t Take Her Anywhere” Darrell Holt