Monday, November 8, 2010


Grammy-winning, Country Music Icon Signs New Record Deal

PHOTO ATTACHED: Pictured L to R: President of Republic Nashville Jimmy Harnen, Martina McBride, and President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta photo credit: Justin Nolan Key

Nashville, Tennessee (November 8, 2010) – Republic Nashville proudly announces the addition of Country Music Icon Martina McBride to its roster. This special reveal took place earlier today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in front of industry and press just as CMA Week begins. The four-time CMA Vocalist of the Year – tied only with Reba – could make history if she takes the title again Wednesday night.

Joining forces with an outside-of-the-box operation will provide a natural evolution in an already incredible career. “The passion and excitement Scott, Jimmy and the entire Big Machine Label Group/Republic Nashville team have for my career and music is so inspiring to me. I have been blessed with an amazing career but in so many ways I really feel like the best is yet to come. I am as over-the-top excited about making music today as I was when I first moved to Nashville,” said Martina.

The superstar’s phenomenal talents, coupled with an innovative and passionate record label, provide a solid foundation for a shifting era in the music industry. “When you think about big voices, the name at the top of the list is always Martina McBride.   Her body of work, the important songs, the amazing and moving awards-show performances and all the incredible accolades place her as one of the most important music artists of this generation.  When we found out she might be looking for a new home, we didn’t walk, we ran to be first in line.  She’s completely energized and has a stack of great new songs and ideas.  We can’t wait to plug in as we look forward to continuing and building on this career of excellence,” said Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group President/CEO.

According to Republic Nashville President Jimmy Harnen, “Along with being a gigantic Martina McBride fan it is an honor to have the opportunity to work with one of the greatest female vocalists of our time. Martina and her artistry are timeless.”

Martina will begin recording her new BMLG/Republic Nashville album in December with producer Byron Gallimore. Also look for her hitting the stage with Grammy-winning rockers Train (“Hey Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels”) on CMT Crossroads, premiering Saturday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

About Martina McBride: One of the most spectacular voices in any genre of music is four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and GRAMMY® winning recording artist Martina McBride, who has garnered more than 18 million album sales and 24 Top 10 singles, including six that hit #1. The breadth of her talents – as recording artist, producer, songwriter and concert entertainer – has made her an in-demand performer and personality, appearing on such high-profile programs as Oprah, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, the Today show’s “Today Throws a Wedding,” VH1 Divas (singing with Jordin Sparks), The Bachelorette, Private Sessions, a 20/20 special and much more. Celebrated for her beauty and sense of fashion, as well as her everywoman perspective in life and music, Martina is a wife and mother of three girls who has been featured on the covers of publications like Redbook and Shape. Among her hits are such anthemic and empowering songs as “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls” and “Ride,” all of which have underscored her incredible popularity as one of music’s preeminent female vocalists. Her last album was the chart-topping Shine.

About Republic Nashville: Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic and Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of Big Machine Records, LLC announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville – in May 2009. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President with Borchetta serving as CEO. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine Records and Universal Republic Records. Big Machine and Universal Republic first joined forces in 2007 to propel country Superstar Taylor Swift to Top 40 radio and beyond, with Taylor becoming the best-selling all-genre artist in 2008. Republic Nashville’s artist roster includes the Top 20-charting rising stars The Band Perry, the Eli Young Band, Jaron And The Long Road To Love, sister act SHEL and honky tonkin’ singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney.

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Republic Nashville Press:

Erin D. D. Burr, Big Machine Label Group, 615.250.6636/

Martina McBride Press:

Kathy Best, FrontPage Publicity, 615.383.0412/


Brandon Gill, Morris Artists Management, 615.321.5025/


Note From Manifest Your Dreams: Our Very Own Senior Vice President, Doug Deneve was a part of a panel over 20 years ago that voted MARTINA MCBRIDE into Music Row!

Article by Curt Bizelli

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