Friday, August 18, 2017
– Singer-songwriter Tegan Marie signed to Warner Music, it was announced today.
At 13, she is the youngest country artist signed to the label and the youngest female in 45 years - since Tanya Tucker signed with CBS Records (Sony) in 1972 - to sign a major label country record deal.
The Flint, Mich. native was first discovered by Gen Z girls' media platform Sweety High and has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America, PBS' Smokey Robinson: The Gershwin Prize and the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. Marie makes her Grand Ole Opry debute tonight.
"This new generation is passionate about country music. Tegan Marie, with the kind of natural talent already resonating with audiences, represents a new breed of digitally-savvy artists that we want to be a part of," said John Esposito, Chairman and CEO, Warner Music Nashville. "What attracted us to Tegan Marie was her voice and a confidence that was beyond her years. Her success on Sweety High and in social media exemplifies not only how country talent can be nurtured on these platforms but also how we will reach the next generation of music consumers."
The young vocalist's early foray into music began with her father uploading her cover videos of songs by stars such as Carrie Underwood onto the Sweety High platform when she was seven.
Marie has released the song "Lucky Me," to benefit the children affected by the water crisis in her hometown of Flint. This past spring, the young vocalist appeared at CMA Music Festival and Stagecoach.
Marie did a six-city tour with Pepsi MidAmerica and is currently writing with Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) for her first album.