The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 19, 2012

Pickler signs with Black River Entertainment


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Friday, October 19, 2012 — Black River Entertainment continues to expand its artist roster by signing fan favorite, Kellie Pickler.

“What’s not to love about Kellie?” asks Gordon Kerr, CEO of Black River Entertainment.  

“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?”

“In looking for a label partner, I was really drawn to the Black River family because they hold similar values that I do,” Pickler said.  

“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.”

Doug Johnson, VP of A&R at Black River, sees Pickler as the total package.  

“Kellie Pickler — great singer, captivating performer, the heart and soul of what makes our format incredible and authentic. Deep roots plus relevance equals a true artist. Anyone who loves country music deserves to turn on their radio and hear Kellie Pickler. I am honored to have the opportunity to help share her music with the world.”

Hailing from Albemarle, Pickler signed with 19/BNA Records in 2006 and released her debut album, “Small Town Girl.” The album sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide and produced three singles, “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.”

In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring country radio hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (Pickler’s first Top 10 and Taylor Swift co-wrote) and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.”

After establishing herself as a powerful vocalist and also a songwriter, Pickler co-wrote six of the 11 tracks on the 2012 release, “100 Proof,” produced by Frank Liddell (known for his work with Miranda Lambert) and Luke Wooten.

Pickler joins Black River alongside four labelmates including country superstar Craig Morgan, rising star Sarah Darling, vocal trio Due West and country newcomer Glen Templeton.  

Visit www.kelliepickler.com for more information and follow Pickler on Twitter (@kelliepickler) and Facebook (fb.com/KelliePickler).

Black River Entertainment is based in Nashville, Tenn. and is the home to country music entertainers Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Sarah Darling, Due West and Glen Templeton. The company also operates the newly renovated Ronnie’s Place and Sound Stage recording studios, Black River Records, Black River Publishing and Black River Management.  

For more information about Black River Entertainment, visit www.blackriverent. com.