|Posted by ADDICTEDtoStAiND on May 10, 2012 at 1:55 AM|
Staind singer Aaron Lewis signs solo country record deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Blaster Entertainment has signed Staind lead singer Aaron Lewis to its growing roster of country artists.
Blaster Records, distributed by Warner Music Nashville, will release Lewis' first full-length country album this summer.
The Springfield rocker received rave reviews for his inaugural country music project, “Town Line,” a solo EP that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart last year. His debut single, “Country Boy” has been certified gold and had multiple award nominations.
“Aaron Lewis is a great musician,” said Tom Porter, CEO of Blaster Entertainment. “His songs relate true country values and life experiences. We’re excited about having him on the Blaster team.”
“Country music was the first music I ever listened to,” Lewis said. “I sat on my grandfather’s lap listening to his country records and I grew to love them. The country audience has been so accepting of my music and I’m excited about working with the Blaster team to put out the new record this summer.”
In addition to Blaster, Lewis’ management team -- Vector Management -- has formed an experienced marketing and promotion team to help continue Lewis’ country music career.
“We believe in Aaron,” said Ken Levitan, president of Vector Management. “The fan reaction to Aaron’s records has been phenomenal. We’ve put together a great team to help introduce him to country fans who may not have heard him yet.”
Levitan has recruited Derek Simon to handle marketing and project management for Lewis’ forthcoming album. “Blaster is a perfect home for Aaron,” says Simon, who worked with Lewis on his “Town Line” EP. “We’ve put together a strong, focused team and we’ll pick up exactly where Aaron left off with ‘Town Line’.”
Lewis’ current single, “Endless Summer” is picking up radio airplay now.
Lewis gained fame as the frontman for the Springfield-based hard rock band Staind. They have released seven album since 1996. The band is currently on tour with Godsmack.