Big Machine Records announced today (May 21) that country music superstar Tim McGraw has signed with them for a worldwide recording deal. McGraw and the powerhouse label group will release new music to be distributed worldwide by Universal Music Group. This next phase in McGraw’s career will be lead by some of the most dynamic and successful thinkers in the music industry today.
Many people know that I came to Nashville 23 years ago on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a guitar…And 23 years to the day, on May 9, I went back to the bus station and officially signed this deal. It was a significant way for me to mark this new beginning. Scott Borchetta has developed a powerhouse at Big Machine, and I’m happy to be a part of what he has built and to call Big Machine Records my new label home. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I’m feeling about working on a new album for this next chapter in my career. Here’s to the next 20 years!
Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, said:
I’ve always felt a kinship to Tim as my dad (Mike) originally signed Tim to Curb Records. We have wanted to work together for years and I can’t believe this day has finally come. His level of artistry, vision, passion and energy comes along only so many times in any given era and I can tell you with the utmost confidence that there are many, many important chapters left to write.
McGraw will join a star-studded roster of talent that includes Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, and Reba McEntire, along with many of country music’s most promising rising stars. Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, said:
I’m so pleased to add the great superstar Tim McGraw to our incredible Nashville family of distributed labels…Tim’s accomplishments reach around the world and we intend to exert the full compliment of global support to Tim’s new releases on Big Machine Records.
McGraw is set to join longtime friend Kenny Chesney this summer on what is anticipated to be the biggest stadium tour in country music history. For more info on the Brothers of the Sun Tour, visit www.timmcgraw.com.