Briefs: News from “X Factor’s” Tate Stevens, George Strait and more
Plus, Chris Young honored by the Country Music Association
• Recent “X Factor” winner Tate Stevens has signed his record deal with Syco/RCA Records Nashville. The record deal was part of the prize package for Stevens (pictured), who never finishing lower than second in the fan voting on the show’s second season. Stevens is currently writing and recording his debut album, set to be released this spring. He’s also signed a management deal with Nashville-based powerhouse Vector Management, which also represents such country stars as Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood, Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Rogers, and Love And Theft.
• George Strait announced the news of his two-year final U.S. tour last fall. Now, he’s preparing to kick off the first leg of that tour, dubbed The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, in Lubbock, Texas, this Friday, Jan. 18. Joining the star on tour will be longtime friend Martina McBride.
“I’ve got over 30 years of great memories out on that road,” says Strait in a prepared statement. “I’m sure these last two are going to be just as good or better. It’s going to be fun, but at the same time sad. I can’t wait!”
• LeAnn Rimes has set April 30 as the release date for her new album, “Spitfire.” Her label, Curb Records, has already made the album tracks “What Have I Done,” and her new single, “Borrowed,” available on iTunes.
• Chris Young will be honored by the Country Music Association with its Triple Play Award on January 29. The award recognizes songwriters who have written three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period. Young is being honored for his three No. 1 hits, “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” and “You.”
In February, Young will make his inaugural trip to the U.K. and Ireland as part of the Country Music Association’s Songwriters Series, which will have him performing in Dublin, Belfast and London. The series is set to be recorded and broadcast at a later date on BBC Radio 2.
• Craig Campbell will travel to Australia this week for a full schedule of performances during his second trip Down Under. He’ll do several performances at the Tamworth Festival and take part in the 41st CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia on January 26.
In celebration of his headlining performance at the Tamworth Festival, ABC Music/Universal Music Australia is releasing a deluxe edition of his previously released self-titled album in that country, which includes bonus material as well as Campbell’s current single, “Outta My Head.”
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.