Tuesday, January 19, 2021
– Rapper Lathan Warlick has signed with RECORDS Nashville, the recently announced Music City division of Barry Weiss' RECORDS, a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment.
"When I ran across Lathan Warlick on social media I was instantly drawn to his talent and positive message," saidAsh Bowers, President, RECORDS Nashville. "Not only have I become a fan of his artistry, I am also inspired by who he is as a person. I am so excited to share both with the rest of the world."
Warlick first gained attention through social media –1.1M followers on TikTok and 85,000 on Instagram— by creating videos of himself on his iPhone in his truck, adding his own rap verses to popular songs like "Holy" by Justin Bieber, "The Box" by Roddy Ricch, "Memories" by Maroon 5, "Hello" by Adele and "You Say" by Lauren Daigle. His videos caught the attention of country singer Granger Smith, who asked Warlick to add a rap verse to his song, creating a remix of "That's What I Love About Dirt Roads."
"I know that stepping out on faith and taking the leap with Records/Colombia will be an amazing journey for sure," said Warlick. "I'm still amazed at how God allowed me to find my purpose. Now it's time for me to just walk in it. I'm super pumped about being part of this team."
Warlick's latest song, "Over Yonder" featuring label mate Matt Stell, blends hip hop patriotism with a call for unity
Warlick recently collaborated with Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch and RaeLynn.
The Jackson, Tenn. resident has lived in many different states across the US working as a welder by trade, first at a shipyard and then on a railroad.
He was awakened to his creative purpose one life-changing day after coming face-to-face with a 45-caliber pistol.
Warlick has a self-described "positive" message approach to his music and has been influenced by his Christian beliefs. He self-released his own EPs, "Tellem That Im Comin" (2016), "2nd Time Around "(2017), and "A Church in the Trap" (2018), before connecting with Bowers, his manager.
Bowers, joining the Wide Open Music family alongside artists Jimmie Allen, Chris Bandi and Stell in April 2020.