Few people face death in the eye multiple times and live to talk about it as singer/songwriter Jadi Norris has. A drunk driver nearly claimed his life resulting in countless back surgeries and a body pieced together with 22 titanium screws plates and rods. But nothing compares to the dark day in a Jacksonville hotel. While showering he slipped and fell-hitting a soap dish. The broken dish peeled his right forearm from wrist to elbow cutting arteries tendons and major nerves. Twenty minutes passed as he lay bleeding to death losing more than half his blood. Jadi: “At one point I laid down on the bed and thought ‘okay God this is it. I’m tired.’ Just when I had given up the door flew open.” The damage to Jadi’s right arm was so severe he was told by doctors that he’d never play guitar again. Undaunted he hired a guitar player and kept entertaining. For the next three years through tenacious determination and despite the paralysis he re-taught himself to play guitar using duct tape wood splints casts whatever he could use to hold a pick. Norris grew up playing and singing influenced by his guitar playing/gospel singing grandmother. Born in a small textile town in North Carolina he later moved to Texas. Jadi (rhymes with “shady”) spent high school singing Marshall Tucker Alabama Skynyrd and songwriting. By 17 he was approached by an agent and was on the road 50 weeks a year honing his craft and marrying his hillbilly Appalachian s with country rock and gospel. His influences are as far flung as Willie Nelson Prince and the Faces. Jadi has performed throughout the US Canada and even into Alaska opening for Trace Adkins Clay Walker Toby Keith and Keith Urban. He’s cheated death twice re-learned how to play guitar brilliantly He manages to balance being a good dad husband with living his dream. To see him you’d never know of his trials-his on-stage energy smile and performances are spectacular. Get to know Jadi Norris.