Black River Entertainment has added singer-songwriter Abby Anderson to its artist and publishing roster. Anderson celebrated her signing on Thursday, Feb. 2, during the Dustin Wells Foundation’s Gift of Music concert benefiting the W.O. Smith School of Music, held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
“What a great night at the Ryman!” said Black River Entertainment CEO Gordon Kerr. “We were humbled to be a part of the Dustin Wells Foundation’s Gift of Music concert. Surprising Abby with her recording and publishing deal in the historic Ryman Auditorium made the beautiful night of celebrating life and music even sweeter. We can’t wait for the world to get to know Abby.”
Anderson signed her formal contracts on the stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
“All of a sudden Storme Warren comes walking out onstage and says Gordon Kerr has a present for you,” said Anderson. “And then here comes Papa G walking out with a big ‘ol present in a Black River box with a big black ribbon and presented me with the record deal. I can’t think of a better place to sign a deal than on stage at the Ryman in front of my family and friends.”
A Texas native, Anderson spent most of her early years at a piano singing the songs of her favorite music artists: Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, and K.T. Oslin. In 2014, her unique arrangement of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” renamed “Let Freedom Ring,” caught the attention of radio journalist/host Glenn Beck who welcomed her to perform the patriotic song on his show, garnering her national attention. With the encouragement of CAA agent Kylen Sharpe Anderson moved to Nashville in February 2015 and began developing her songwriting and refining her sound.
“From the very first moment I walked into the door of Black River, there was just this spirit, this energy,” noted Anderson. “That label is a family. They have the perspective that yes music matters, yes we want to succeed, but at the same time, there’s a bigger picture, and there’s a bigger plan. That for me was the golden ticket. They understand that, I understand that, and when you get a group of people together that understand that, magic happens. I am so excited to be here, this label is incredible, and I’m so blessed to be able to call it my home now.”
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