Trace Adkins switches labels
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
– Trace Adkins celebrated his 48th birthday by announcing that he was switching labels. After spending his entire career on Capitol, where he racked up a slew of hits, Adkins said Wednesday he was going with Show Dog-Universal, the label started by Toby Keith.
"While touring together this past summer, Toby and I had some time to get to
know each other better and we discovered that as artists, we share a common
vision," says Adkins. "I've had 15 great years at Capitol Records/Nashville
and I respect and appreciate everyone I've worked with there. But, the
excitement surrounding this merger is very invigorating and I'm really
excited about the future and the opportunities and possibilities that are
ahead at Show Dog-Universal Music."
"I'm so excited to be working with Trace," said Keith. "We both worked the
same old bar circuit of the Southwest years ago at the same time. We are
just alike and see eye to eye in so many ways. Me and the entire Show
Dog-Universal Music staff are ready to tear it up for him."
"The first time I heard 'Every Light In The House', I asked myself, 'Why
didn't I sign this guy?', and now I finally get to work with him," said label President Mark Wright. "Toby and I are looking forward to teaming up with Trace; he is truly an exciting addition to the Show Dog-Universal Music family."
Show Dog and Universal South announced in December they were joining forces.
Adkins is touring with Martina McBride.
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