Swindell sets debut
Saturday, December 21, 2013
– Cole Swindell, high on the charts with Chillin' It,
is set to release his self-titled debut Feb. 18 on Warner.
The single has sold more than 500,000 copies making the song the highest selling debut single released this year from a solo country male. Recently wrapping up with Luke Bryan on his "Farm Tour," Swindell is gearing up to head out with him again on Jan. 16 in Columbus, Ohio for his "That's My Kind of Night" tour.
The Georgia native wrote several songs for Bryan's "Spring Break" EPs as well as cuts for Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Craig Campbell.
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