FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BRANTLEY GILBERT TO RELEASE HIS FIRST ALBUM WITH OPEN ROAD RECORDINGS OCTOBER 4
HALF WAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE FEATURES BONUS CONTENT AND THREE EXCLUSIVE TRACKS PRODUCED BY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER DANN HUFF
For a small-town Georgia boy, Brantley Gilbert is making a big impact “country wide.” The lead single, “Country Must Be Country Wide,” off his forthcoming album, Halfway To Heaven Deluxe, is slated for release on October 4, 2011 with Open Road Recordings/Universal Music Canada and Big Machine in the U.S. Currently, his debut single in Canada is the Top 20 Most Played Song at CICX Barrie, CJKX Toronto, CIKZ Kitchener, CKBY Ottawa, CHSJ Saint John, CJWF Windsor and CKBL Saskatoon.
Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, said, “Time has come! The demand for this album, of which all tracks have been remixed and remastered, is off the hook. BG’s fans are the full compliment of ‘fan’… as in ‘fanatic’. I’ve never seen anything like it. His live shows are an experience, his songs anthems, his personality contagious. I personally can’t wait to get the final CD! This is really, really exciting.”
As one of the fastest-rising new country artists of 2011 in the U.S., Gilbert has already achieved two #1 hits as a songwriter. He co-wrote both “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” which were recorded by Jason Aldean for his Platinum-selling album, My Kinda Party.
Gilbert’s true-to-life lyrics – coupled with his distinct, raw vocals – make Halfway to Heaven Deluxe an album for fans of country and southern rock alike. His online music video for “Kick It In The Sticks” has garnered over 5.8 million views, proving Gilbert already has mass appeal. The video for “Country Must Be Country Wide” debuted on CMT’s Chevrolet Cross Canada Countdown last week at #30.
“As we tour country wide each night, I continue to realize that my fans in the crowd are just like me. They are my closest friends because they listen to my music, they sing along with me and they have been through the same type of experiences. This album is essentially a storybook of my life and I am excited to see what those friends have to say about it,” says Gilbert.
The album’s original 12 tracks have been remixed and re-mastered to sound the way that Brantley originally intended. The deluxe edition includes three newly recorded songs produced by award-winning music producer Dan Huff as well as videos for the hit single “Country Must Be Country Wide,” the already-classic “Kick It In The Sticks” and an up-close and personal behind the scenes interview with Gilbert.
ABOUT OPEN ROAD RECORDINGS
Founded by Ron Kitchener, Open Road Recordings won Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award for Record Company of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. It is home to JUNO and CCMA Award winning artists Doc Walker, Dean Brody, Emerson Drive, The Road Hammers (certified Gold in Canada) and classic Canadian roots group Prairie Oyster. The award winning label roster also includes break out success stories High Valley, Ridley Bent and Tara Oram. Open Road Recordings represents Big Machine and Valory Records in Canada, which includes Taylor Swift (certified six times Platinum in Canada), Reba, Rascal Flatts, Jewel, Justin Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Steel Magnolia and is a partnership with MapleCore Ltd., distributed by Universal Music Canada.