Grayson Jenkins quit his day job at UK to pursue music full time

By Matt Wickstrom

Grayson Jenkins didn’t always want to be a musician. After being given a guitar by his mom when he was 14 and learning a handful of beginner chords, Jenkins set the instrument aside to focus on sports in high school. He didn’t dust off that guitar again until he moved from Greenville in Muhlenburg County to Lexington to enroll at UK in 2009.

Jenkins graduated in 2013 with a double major in agricultural economics and community and leadership development, and he went to work as a recruiter for the university’s admissions office.

But earlier this summer, Jenkins resigned to pursue music full time, a choice rife with uncertainty, but ultimately one he couldn’t pass up.

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