Niemann announces soph disc for fall
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
– Jerrod Niemann will release his sophomore major label disc, "Free the Music," on Oct. 2.
Niemann enjoyed much success with his debut for Sea Gayle/Arista Nashville with hits including Lover, Lover. The first single from the new disc is Shin' On Me, which he wrote with Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller. He also collaborated with guest vocalist Colbie Caillat on the soulful ballad All About You.
"Free The Music is an album where I wanted to do just that," said Niemann. "It's a project honoring many different layers and colors that have appeared in the country genre since recorded music began."
Niemann took two years to record the disc. He used brasswind horns throughout, and had his live band lay down the tracks instead of hiring studio musicians.
Once again, he joined forces with Dave Brainard ("Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury"), who co-produced the new album with him in Nashville
Niemann currently is at the CMA Musical Festival in Nashville. On Monday night, he signed autographs for10 hours at his Fan Club Party.
To kick off the CMA Festival, he performed music from his new album Monday night at a Fan Club Party with Brice to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Nearly 400 fans came out to show their support. Later in the evening Brice and Niemann signed autographs for each and every person who hung around - a total of 10 hours.
Fans can also catch Niemann on June 7 on SirusXM's The Highway as he co-hosts the show with Storme Warren and performs songs from the new CD. He will perform on the Chevrolet Riverstage that day at 1:15 p.m.
Niemann is currently out on the road with Miranda Lambert as part of her "On Fire" tour and will do fairs and festivals tour later this fall.
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