Josh Kelley signs deal with Sugar Hill
Monday, March 7, 2016
– Josh Kelley signed a new record deal with Sugar Hill.
A new album is expected out this spring. Kelley already has released eight CDs, including some on the pop end when he was on Hollywood Records.
Kelley last put out an album five years ago and a semi-hit with "Georgia Clay," which made the top 20 in 2010. That was on the Georgia native's one and only disc with MCA Nashville.
Kelley has been writing, producing, and playing most of the instruments himself for a new release with most of the work taking place in the state-of-the art studio he built off their barn four miles from his home in Utah, where he lives with his wife, actress Katherine Heigl, and their two children.
"I'm in the studio every day," he said. "Being the producer, the engineer and the artist can get lonely sometimes, but it's very empowering and very satisfying creatively. For me, there's no better drug than spending the morning writing a song, spending the afternoon recording and producing it, and then making a copy and listening to it in the car on the way home. It's so much fun having that instant gratification, of creating something from scratch."
Kelley has kept busy with a variety of projects, including writing and performing the theme song for the hit TV sitcom "Mike and Molly," scoring the feature film ":Home Sweet Hell" and creating the theme song for TV's Golf Channel.
Josh will join his brother Charles Kelley for dates on Charles' The Driver Tour:
April 9 Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
April 11 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 13 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
April 14 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
April 15 St Louis @ The Pageant
April 23 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
April 24 San Jose, CA @ Club Rodeo
April 26 LA, CA @ Troubadour
May 1 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 3 Nashville, TN @ 3rd and Lindsley
May 6 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
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When Josh Kelley signed onto the MCA Nashville label in 2010, he did a 180-degree musical. As a pop-rock artist, he had placed 4 hits on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart and is probably best-known for his single Amazing. His vocals have been lent to several movie soundtracks, as well. Kelley released this three-song EP to serve as a sneak-peak into a full-length CD.
Georgia Clay, a song that has achieved top 25 success on the country songs chart, kicks off this three-song special. »»»
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