Gary Allan Exits Longtime Record Label: ‘I Am Excited For What The Future Holds’

Gary Allan has parted ways with his longtime record label.  The California native shared the news with fans via social…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 1, 2022


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Gary Allan has parted ways with his longtime record label. 

The California native shared the news with fans via social media on Friday, July 29. 

Gary Allan; Photo by Eric Adkins
Gary Allan; Photo by Eric Adkins

“For the last 25 years plus, UMG Nashville has been my record label home. I am very thankful to the staff members at Decca, MCA, and EMI for the belief and support they have had in me, but it is now time for a new adventure,” he wrote. “I am excited for what the future holds and look forward to sharing more news soon.”

Gary Allan is known for hits such as “Songs About Rain,” “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” “Watching Airplanes,” “Best I Ever Had,” and more. 

During his time with UMG Nashville imprints Decca, MCA and EMI, Allan released 10 studio albums, including Used Heart for Sale (1996), It Would Be You (1998), Smoke Rings in the Dark (1999), Alright Guy (2001), See If I Care (2003), Tough All Over (2005), Living Hard (2007), Get Off on the Pain (2010), Set You Free (2013), and his latest project, Ruthless (2021). 

Photo Courtesy Gary Allan
Photo Courtesy Gary Allan

Ruthless marked Allan’s first new album since the release of Set You Free in 2013.

Allan also released two greatest hits albums during his time with the label. 

Four of Allan’s singles have reached the top of the Billboard charts, including  “Man to Man”, “Tough Little Boys” (both in 2003), “Nothing On but the Radio” (2004), and “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” (2013).

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Eight of Allan’s other singles have reached the Top 10.

Gary Allan is currently in the midst of his Ruthless Tour, celebrating his 25-year career and more than 8 million album sales as well as nearly 3 billion streams across all platforms. 

For a full list of Gary Allan’s tour dates CLICK HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.