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Re-energized Tim McGraw Inks With New Label

Tim busy working on new album.

photo by Kendra Gene Motycka

Tim McGraw is feeling new energy and renewed passion as he begins a new chapter in his career, signing a deal with his new label, Big Machine Records. The partnership between Tim and Big Machine was announced Monday (May 21) at a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Tim signed his contract recently at a location in Nashville that held some career significance, the Greyhound bus station. "Many people know that I came to Nashville 23 years ago on a Greyhound bus with nothing but a guitar," Tim said in his opening remarks. Tim insisted that he return to the station, which is now in a different location, to officially sign the new deal with Big Machine.

Tim told reporters that he is already at work on his first album for the new label. "We're going to do all sorts of great things," he noted. "The music has a lot of energy to it. I haven't felt this way about music in a long time." A release date for the album was not announced, but it will be "sooner rather than later," according to Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group.

Tim added that he has written several songs recently, but none of those has so far made it to the new record. "If [one of mine] doesn't hold up," Tim said, "it's not going to be on there." He also said that he and wife Faith Hill are looking to do projects together, but their schedules are conflicting at the moment, as Faith is also working on a new album. "We always want to work together," Tim said. "[But] there is no way to put a time line on that."

After more than 20 years of hits and awards, Tim seems revitalized with the new label. "Excited doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling about working on a new album for the next chapter in my career." Tim said. "For me, it's a new day. I'm looking forward to the future."

Tim previously recorded for Curb Records, winning his freedom from that label earlier this year.

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