Sugar Hill Records Publicity

March 6, 2015

Corey Smith

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COREY SMITH SIGNS WITH SUGAR HILL / WELK MUSIC GROUP
Label Debut Slated for Summer 2015 Release

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Pictured (from l-r): Kendall Durkee - The Collective Office Administrator, Craig Dunn - The Collective Manager, Brinson Strickland - President of The Collective, Cliff O’Sullivan - Sugar Hill General Manager and Senior Vice President, Rachel Cunningham - The Collective Manager, Corey Smith, Megan McNair - Sugar Hill Director of Marketing and Media Relations, David Newmark - Sugar Hill Senior Director Promotion and Field Marketing, Ashley Moyer - Sugar Hill Manager of Artist and Media Relations, Shannon Blauer - Sugar Hill Manager of Marketing Administration, Cass Scripps - APA Booking Agent


Nashville, Tenn. (February 20, 2015) – Sugar Hill Records announces it has signed Corey Smith. The artist’s eagerly anticipated tenth album and label debut, While the Gettin’ Is Good, is slated for release Summer 2015. The signing was announced yesterday on Rolling Stone Country.

Smith says, “I’ve poured more blood, sweat, and tears into it, this album, than all of my other records combined. It has taken a tremendous toll on me both emotionally and financially. So I can’t stress enough how relieved and excited I am to have finally found the right label partner to release it with. In the end, it’s Sugar Hill’s high level of enthusiasm and commitment to putting the art ahead of the marketing that makes them the obvious choice. I’m grateful to call Sugar Hill home and looking forward to working with them.”

Smith’s release was produced by Keith Stegall, best known for his work with fellow Georgians Zac Brown Band and country icon Alan Jackson, and recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, and Ronnie’s Place in Nashville, TN, with all songs written solely by Smith.

In today’s country music climate, there is an abundance of artists and songwriters chomping at the bit to tell you just how “country” they are. But none represents the genuine rural lifestyle quite like Smith. Born and raised in the bucolic town of Jefferson, Ga., just a few miles northwest of the musical hotbed of Athens, Corey has carved out a successful career by writing and singing not about the idealized country imagery of trucks and bonfires, but by depicting truthfully the experience of growing up far from big-city sidewalks.

“Country music is all those things that art is supposed to be. It’s populist, it’s infectious and, most importantly, it’s about people,” says Smith. “So country music should be about artists holding a mirror back to themselves to reflect what they’re experiencing in their own little towns.”

Clearly, country fans feel the same way. Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is. He has also previously released nine albums—including 2011’s Top 20 release The Broken Record—all written and produced by Smith himself. And his concerts, documented on 2012’s live release, Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone.” Smith already has an extensive list of tour dates planned for early 2015 to support While the Gettin’ Is Good.


Sugar Hill’s General Manager and Senior Vice President Cliff O’Sullivan, says, “Over the past twelve years Corey Smith has been building an incredibly loyal following all over the country. We are delighted to welcome him to Sugar Hill.”
Sugar Hill is thrilled to join Smith’s team, and be a part of his tenth album release While the Gettin’ Is Good.

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UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

2015-04-24 Montgomery, AL - Huntingdon College
2015-04-25 Destin, FL - Club LA
2015-04-30 Live Oak, FL - Suwannee River Jam 2015
2015-05-07 Rocky Mount, VA - Harvester Performance Center
2015-05-08 Leesburg, VA - Tally Ho Theatre
2015-05-09 Rootstown, OH - Dusty Armadillo
2015-06-06 Myrtle Beach, SC - Carolina Country Music Festival 2015
2015-06-20 Cullman, AL - Rock the South 2015
2015-06-25 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
2015-06-27 Fort Worth, TX - Billy Bob’s Texas
2015-07-10 St Louis, MO - The Pageant
2015-07-31 Fort Smith, AR - Peacemaker Music & Arts Festival
2015-08-01 Fort Smith, AR - Harry E Kelley Riverfront Park
2015-08-21 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall

PRESS ASSETS:

While The Gettin’ Is Good Bio 2015

ALBUM MATERIALS:
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Photo Credit: Hodges Usry

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Photo Credit: Hodges Usry

Connect with Corey Smith
coreysmith.com | www.facebook.com/coreysmithmusic

For more information about Corey Smith, please contact:

Megan McNair at Sugar Hill Records:
P: 615.465.6760 or E: mmcnair@sugarhillrecords.com

Ashley Moyer at Sugar Hill Records:
P: 615.465.6782 or E: amoyer@sugarhillrecords.com

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