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Chuck Wicks Signs New Record Deal

Chuck Wicks

Congratulations for Chuck Wicks are in order!

The singer-songwriter just inked a new record deal with Blaster Records. Wicks announced the big news via a video he posted on his Facebook page.

Wicks will be working on his next album throughout the Christmas break. Fans can expect the record soon and it will include songs from his “Rough” EP plus new tracks. He will also be releasing a new single around the end of January.

We’ve very excited for Chuck and will keep you posted as updates become available!

Big Machine signs Josh Thompson to Publishing

Josh Thompson. photo credit: Greenroom PR / Christian Lantry

Congratulations to Josh Thompson, Show Dog Universal, and Big Machine Records! The country artist, who currently calls Toby Keith’s Show Dog Universal home, just signed an exclusive publishing agreement with Big Machine earlier this week.

Big Machine’s Vice President Mike Molinar said:

“We are proud to welcome Josh Thompson to the Big Machine Music team! We count ourselves among the many in this creative community who are fans of his songwriting and look forward to working with him and his songs.”

Josh himself added:

“As a songwriter, I’ve been at a handful of publishing companies over the years, and I know firsthand that change is good especially when it comes to creativity. The staff at Big Machine Music is top notch, and I’m back working with one of my good friends, Alex Heddle. I’m looking forward to makin’ some noise with this publishing team.”

Are you excited for new music from Josh?

Big Deal Music signs songwriter Brett Beavers

Brett Beavers.

Congratulations to songwriter Brett Beavers and the team at Big Deal Music and BMG! He’s the first signing for the new joint venture between the two. Brett has written songs for country heavyweights like Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw, Lonestar, Kellie Pickler, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, Lee Ann Womack, Billy Currington and more.

About the signing, Big Deal Music’s Dale Bobo said:

“Working again with Brett Beavers is a dream come true. Brett is one of the more inventive writers and producers of any genre; having him in the Big Deal Music family is tremendously exciting.” 

Check out the picture of the official signing below:

L to R: Pete Robinson, Daniel Lee, Chip Petree, Brett Beavers, Kenny MacPherson, Kos Weaver, Dale Bobo

L to R: Pete Robinson, Daniel Lee, Chip Petree, Brett Beavers, Kenny MacPherson, Kos Weaver, Dale Bobo

Cole Swindell signs with Warner Music

Cole Swindell

Congratulations to country singer Cole Swindell! He made a pretty big announcement to his fans this week as he landed a recording contract with Warner Music Nashville. The singer-songwriter opened for select dates on Luke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diaries tour. His single “Chillin’ It” is out at radio right now. There’s no news yet on when to expect his debut album with the label.

Check out his video announcement below and let us know what you think of Warner’s newest addition to their roster:

Big Machine signs Voice winner Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery.

Congratulations to The Voice’s latest winner Danielle Bradbery! The Team Blake Shelton contestant has signed a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group as part of her winnings. She’ll be working on her debut country album shortly, with an expected release date next year in 2014.

Danielle won the fourth season of NBC’s hit reality television show, giving coach Blake Shelton a three-peat championship. He has won the show the last three seasons – and had the second-place runner up Dia Frampton in the first season. The new season of The Voice will return this Fall.

Are you excited to hear music from Danielle? Did you vote for her?

Jack Ingram signs with Sony/ATV Publishing

Jack Ingram.

Congratulations to singer-songwriter Jack Ingram and Sony/ATV Publishing! The Texan star has signed a brand new publishing deal with Sony. Jack is currently working on a brand new album, due out later this year.

Jack has had three top 10 singles in his career, including “Barefoot And Crazy.”

Pictured (L-R): Sony/ATV’s Tom Luteran, Jack Ingram, Sony/ATV’s Troy Tomlinson, Triple 8 Management’s George Couri

Pictured (L-R): Sony/ATV’s Tom Luteran, Jack Ingram, Sony/ATV’s Troy Tomlinson, Triple 8 Management’s George Couri.

Sunny Sweeney signs with Thirty Tigers

Sunny Sweeney.

Country music singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney has signed with Thirty Tigers and will begin working on her next album.

Earlier this year, the Longview, Texas native was nominated for the Academy of Country Music’s New Female Vocalist of the Year Award. Previously signed to both Big Machine Records and its sister label Republic Nashville, Sweeney released two critically acclaimed albums: Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame and Concrete. The latter album featured the Top Ten hit “From a Table Away,” which was the highest charting Billboard debut single from a female country artist in four years.

About her new home, Sunny said:

 “I have long been a fan of Thirty Tigers and the amazing roster of talent they have worked with through the years, and am thrilled to become part of their family. I can’t wait to share my new music with my fans!”

Congratulations to Sunny! We can’t wait to see what she has in store next for country music.

Phil Vassar signs with APA Nashville

Phil Vassar.

APA Nashville has signed chart-topping, multi award-winning singer/songwriter and “Piano Man” Phil Vassar to its talent roster, it was announced today by APA’s Jeff Howard.  Vassar’s current single “Love Is Alive” earned BILLBOARD’s coveted “Hot Shot Debut” designation, launching with nearly 900,000 audience impressions at the 30-plus stations monitored by Nielsen BDS.  The tune is impacting BILLBOARD’S Country Airplay chart, holding the #48 spot this week.  The Lyric Video for “Love is Alive” has just been released and can be seen HERE.

APA’s Jeff Howard had this to say on the signing:

“Phil is an accomplished musician and writer, a true artist with one of the most engaging live shows out there.  We are beyond excited about his joining the APA team.”

A multiple award-winning artist (ASCAP Songwriter of the Year x 2, BILLBOARD Country Songwriter of the Year), Vassar has earned Top 5 placement seven times with songs “Carlene,”Last Day of My Life,”American Child” and others.  He also topped the charts with “In A Real Love” and the perennial favorite, “Just Another Day in Paradise.”  Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, Vassar has been recognized by his peers.  Numerous other artists including Tim McGraw (“My Next Thirty Years,“) Alan Jackson (“She’s Right On The Money“) and Jo Dee Messina (“Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright“) have taken Vassar’s tunes to #1 positions.

Recently, the Virginia native hosted special guest Charlie Daniels and other artists at his fifth annual benefit for The Miller Home For Girls in Lynchburg, VA. Established in 1875, The Miller Home provides care and guidance to non-delinquent girls ages 4-21 who cannot live with their own families.  Fans can read more about Phil’s music, his charitable endeavors and more at

Kellie Pickler Signs With Black River Entertainment

Kellie Pickler.

Kellie Pickler has finally found a new home! The country music sweetheart was just announced this morning as the newest addition to the artist roster at Black River Entertainment. The label is already home to Craig Morgan, Due West, Glen Templeton, and Sarah Darling.

Gordon Kerr, CEO of Black River Entertainment, was pretty excited about the announcement. He shares:

“What’s not to love about Kellie? She’s real, she adores her fans, she’s rooted in and committed to country music and she’s genuine.  How can you ask for more than that?”

Kellie added exactly why she chose the label for her new home. She left Sony Music Nashville earlier this year.

“In looking for a label partner, I was really drawn to the Black River family because they hold similar values that I do.  From our initial meeting, it was clear to me how much the entire team respects the artists’ musical vision, and I’m really looking forward to getting back into the studio to record and release new music to country radio.”

Kellie released her latest album “100 Proof” earlier this year. Only two singles were sent to radio from the album – lead off single “Tough” followed by the title track. “100 Proof” was produced by Miranda Lambert producer Frank Liddell and shows off the real country side of the North Carolina native. Check out the picture of the signing below:

Florida Georgia Line Inks Deal with Republic Nashville


It’s already been a great summer for the guys of Florida Georgia Line as their first single “Cruise” climbs the country charts, but things just got even better! Yesterday, the duo signed their first-ever major record deal with Republic Nashville/BMLG. Additionally, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were selected for coveted opening slots on dates across the nation with Jake Owen and Brantley Gilbert, as well as the annual Country Throwdown Tour.

“Florida Georgia Line has built a gigantic army of loyal fans, one by one, door to door, who have rocked with them at shows all across the USA and Canada! Their talent, energy and work ethic are second to none and we could be no more proud to welcome Tyler and Brian into the Republic Nashville family,” said Republic Nashville President and Big Machine Label Group EVP Jimmy Harnen.

“What an honor and a blessing to be a part of such a great team and awesome label… This is another step in the FGL journey and I’m so pumped to see where this leads!” said Hubbard.

Kelley echoed his band mate’s excitement, “Our family just got bigger! We are so excited to work with everyone at the label. It’s a dream come true. We are ready to rock, ready to work and ready for the ride of our lives!”