Country music star Kellie Pickler, an Albemarle native, has signed a record deal with Black River Entertainment, according to a press release from the label.
Pickler parted ways with Sony Music earlier this year after releasing her third album, "100 Proof," to critical acclaim in January. "100 Proof," which peaked at No. 2 on the country chart, featured a more traditional country sound than Pickler's first two albums.
"In looking for a label partner, I was really drawn to the Black River family because they hold similar values that I do," Pickler said. "From our initial meeting, it was clear to me how much the entire team respects the artists' musical vision, and I'm really looking forward to getting back into the studio to record and release new music to country radio."
"What's not to love about Kellie?" said Gordon Kerr, CEO of Black River Entertainment. "She's real, she adores her fans, she's rooted in and committed to country music and she's genuine."
Doug Johnson, vice president of artists and repertoire at Black River, sees Kellie as the total package.
"Kellie Pickler - great singer, captivating performer, the heart and soul of what makes our format incredible and authentic. Deep roots plus relevance equals a true artist. Anyone who loves country music deserves to turn on their radio and hear Kellie Pickler. I am honored to have the opportunity to help share her music with the world."