Tim McGraw Exits Sony Music Nashville
After three years, Tim McGraw and Sony Music Nashville have parted ways, Billboard reports and Music Row confirms. The superstar…
Tim McGraw; Photo by Andrew Wendowski 2
The superstar joined Sony Music Nashville’s Columbia Nashville imprint in 2017 when he and wife Faith Hill inked a multi-album deal with the label. The couple went on to release their duets album, The Rest of Our Life, via Sony’s Arista Nashville imprint in the fall of 2017. That album included the Top 20 hit “Speak To a Girl.”
McGraw also released two solo singles while signed to Columbia Nashville, including “Neon Church” and “Thought About You,” both of which peaked within the Top 20.
Billboard reports that Hill is still signed to Sony Music Entertainment.
The news of McGraw’s departure from Columbia Nashville comes weeks after the announcement of his massive Here On Earth Tour, which kicks off July 10. The superstar later revealed that his next album, also titled Here On Earth, would be available with the online purchase of tickets for the tour, however, there’s no word yet on if McGraw has partnered with a new label for the release of Here On Earth.
Tim McGraw has been relatively quiet on the music front as of late, but he’s continued to grow other aspects of his business in recent months. In 2018, McGraw partnered with TRUMAV on a line of fitness centers and in 2019, he released a book, Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life, detailing his fitness journey. He also spent time on the road in 2019 with historian Jon Meacham promoting their co-written book, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music That Made a Nation.
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.