There’s a player on the Vanderbilt University basketball team named Djery Baptiste who was born in Haiti, but didn’t learn to speak English until he started listening to country music. (His first name is pronounced “Jerry.”) He tells “The Tennessean”, quote, “I was in America and didn’t know how to say anything in the language, but I thought I could learn it through music. Country music was the best for me, and GEORGE STRAIT is my favorite.
“I learned how to speak English by listening to him tell stories in his songs. It’s just his voice and his tone that I love.” His favorite George song is “Check Yes or No” because it reminds him of his “formative years” in Haiti.
Quote, “I would write down on a piece of paper things to girls that I liked, and that’s exactly how it was in ‘Check Yes or No’. His song was that same story, and I loved it.”
His other favorites include Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee”, Eric Church’s “Homeboy”, and the Zac Brown Band – Jimmy Buffett song “Knee Deep”. He adds, quote, “My friends are amazed that I love country music. It’s not what most people expect.”
Welcome to the Country my friend….
(Photo: screenshot from youtube video)