After more than 20 years with ARISTA Nashville, Brad Paisley today has joined Universal Music Group Nashville’s EMI Records Nashville label. With three Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 CMA Awards, Brad Paisley is an icon and one of country music’s most-decorated artists.
In joining the label helmed by outgoing Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan and President (and future CEO) Cindy Mabe, seemed like a no-Brainer or the guitar shedding country music humorist and philanthropist Brad Paisley. Dungan was instrumental in signing Brad to his first deal at Arista while Mabe served as the marketing point person on all of his early breakthrough albums like Mud on The Tires and Time Well Wasted.
“There were two people that should get the credit that you even know my name - Mike Dungan and Cindy Mabe. I ran into Mike at the fishing department at Walmart after having met with several labels and he talked me into signing my first deal with Arista. They assigned this woman named Cindy Mabe to me - we graduated the same day at Belmont. I got to work with her on my first few albums and now I get to work with her at UMG,” said Paisley. “Cindy’s a genius and terrific human being. She heard what I was up to with the new music, and she pointed me further into the direction I was headed. I’ve never had this kind of enthusiasm and empowerment. She said, ‘Make music that matters.’ It’s an amazing thing to work with Mike and Cindy again. It’s great to know they believe in this music as much as I do.”
“Brad is a true creative. He has no boundaries to what he uses as his canvas. He has used his voice and his words as a gift to heal the world through his philanthropy, his song writing, his guitar playing, his entertaining, his music videos, his sense of humor and his heart,” said Mabe. “He has been a part of the country music duo with Carrie Underwood that helped define country music to the world. And getting to reunite with my friend and collaborator in his next creative adventure is something I’ve wanted for a long time. I cannot wait for him to share the music he has created with the world.”
Brad Paisley is finishing his next studio album, his first for EMI/UMG Nashville, and expects to release it later this year. On February 24, Brad Paisley will release “Same Here,” the first taste of music from that forthcoming project. He co-wrote the song with Taylor Goldsmith and Lee Thomas Miller and it was produced by Luke Wooten.
Paisley joins a roster which includes his former ARISTA labelmates Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood along with stars like Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Vince Gill, Brothers Osborne, George Strait, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Tyler Hubbard, Little Big Town, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton wit. Rising stars like Cayley Hammock, Jordan Davis, Kylie Morgan, Sam Williams, Mickey Guyton, Priscilla Block, The War & Treaty, Parker McCollum and more.