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Big Country Records forms

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – A new record label was announced today in Nashville.

Glen Blaschke and hit songwriter Tammy Hyler formed Big Country Records and Big Country Entertainment, they announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Singer/songwriter Morgan Tobias was the first act signed to the label with her debut single due at country radio this spring.

Blaschke and Hyler will serve as president and vice president of creative, respectively, and additional staff hirings will be announced shortly.

"The mission and purpose for Big Country Records are uniquely simple: to bring extraordinary artists and their music to the public," said Blaschke, who has a business background in healthcare. "We believe that by focusing on an efficient process that places creative control in the artist's hands, we can create an independent music label that throws off the yoke of the traditional music industry. When we place emphasis on the artist, we involve them in every facet of their career, and focus on that artist - one at a time - until their success is achieved."

A songwriter in Nashville for more than 13 years, Hyler has penned several number 1 songs and top 40 hits, including I Love You and It's My Time for Martina McBride, I Can Still Feel You for Collin Raye and Shoes for Shania Twain. Her extensive writing career includes cuts with such artists as George Strait, Journey, Jamie O'Neil, Sara Evans and Wynonna. Her years of demo producing skills translated her talent into writing and producing tracks for major motion soundtracks including "The Runaway Bride" starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" starring Lindsay Lohan, "New In Town" starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr., and the single release Shoes from the television soundtrack for "Desperate Housewives."

"Meeting Morgan for the first time, you could swear you see bluebirds flying around her head and little forest animals gathering at her feet," said Hyler, who brought Morgan to the label. "Her completely enchanting personality is beautifully paired with a smooth as satin vocal tone that grabs the listener and takes them to a place they don't ever want to leave. She has a dream...to hopefully make the world just a little bit better place with her music, and we plan to help her do just that."

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