Sunny Sweeney signs with Big Machine
Thursday, November 16, 2006
– Austin singer Sunny Sweeney is no longer independent because she just announced Friday that she has signed a record deal with new Nashville label, Big Machine Records.
The label will reissue her new indie release "Heartbreaker's H all of Fame," March 6, 2007.
"I'm so excited to be working with Scott Borchetta and Big Machine," Sweeney said. "It's nice to finally find a label and a team who are willing to support and invest in real country music!"
Borchetta said, "We're thrilled to enter into this licensing agreement with Sunny. I just love her record and her personality. She's a firecracker getting ready to bust out of the southwest. This is going to be a blast."
The label also includes Jack Ingram, Danielle Peck and Taylor Swift.
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