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Katie Armiger Comes Clean About “Quitting Music”

“I never quit country music. I haven’t spoken because I wasn’t able to.”

photo by Johnny Buzzerio/Cold River Records

This post was updated Jan. 27 at 2:50 p.m. ET.

Back in June 2015, country singer Katie Armiger and her independent record label, Cold River Records, appeared to have a very public and messy falling out. The label issued statements saying Katie was taking a breather from music, something she wholeheartedly denied. Now, the 24-year-old Texan is coming clean about what really happened.

“I never quit country music. I haven’t spoken because I wasn’t able to,” Katie says. “My label filed suit against me, but I kept hoping for an amicable solution. Now, everyone can see my response. The answer I filed with the federal court speaks for itself.”

Pete O’Heeron, the President of Cold River Records, issued this statement on Katie’s behalf last summer:

“Katie Armiger has decided to take a breather and decide her next career aspirations. . . . It has been the thrill of a lifetime to work with her and watch her blossom into one of the best singer/songwriters of her generation. Katie is a special talent and an even better person. Watching her grow and reach for her goals has been so much fun. We care deeply for Katie as a person and artist.”

Katie responded on Instagram, saying she had been locked out of her Facebook and Twitter accounts. “Not my words and certainly not my intention,” she wrote. “I’ll be able to make an official announcement soon.”

That official statement has now arrived, and it appears the abrupt split may have involved allegations of sexual harrassment.

“I’ve worked hard and I’m proud of what I’ve done musically and personally,” Katie says. “My label had expectations for how I should behave to get ahead—particularly how I should interact with influential men in the industry. I just wasn’t willing to take that approach. I wanted to make it with integrity and I still do. I know that there are good people in this business and particularly in country radio, and I’m so grateful to those who support my career and play my music.

“I didn’t think I should have to do the things my label wanted me to do to ‘make it’,” she reiterates. “It should be about the music.”

Katie’s website currently lists no new tour dates, but the singer says a new project is on the horizon.

“I’m eager to share some new music very soon,” she says. “I love country music. This is where I want to be.”

Editor’s note: Cold River Records President Pete O’Heeron has responded to Katie’s announcement.

“Cold River is saddened and disappointed to learn of Katie Armiger’s malicious and completely false statements against the label. It is interesting to note that this story never surfaced until Cold River was forced to sue Ms. Armiger for refusing to perform the remainder of her contracts with the label. Certainly, Ms. Armiger never made these false and malicious claims when Cold River was pouring a tremendous amount of money into promoting her career. It appears that Ms. Armiger is simply attempting to use these false claims to get out of her contracts and to gain publicity for her career, at Cold River’s expense. Her assertions are completely without merit and fabricated. In addition, while Ms. Armiger complains that Cold River promoted her career by focusing on her appearance rather than purely her music, it should be noted that, since refusing to perform the remainder of her contracts with Cold River, Ms. Armiger and her new 'team' have actively campaigned for her to become Country Weekly’s Hottest Bachelorette. This paradoxical behavior belies the sincerity of Ms. Armiger’s claims and further evidences that she is simply trying to get out of her contracts with Cold River and generate free publicity for her career. Cold River looks forward to clearing its name in court and, when that day comes, hopes that Ms. Armiger will be as vigorous in apologizing to the label as she was in smearing its name.”


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