Universal Music Group Nashville recently announced the signing of country music superstar Brad Paisley to EMI Records Nashville.
“There were two people that should get the credit that you even know my name – Mike Dungan and Cindy Mabe,” said Paisley. “I ran into Mike at the fishing department at Walmart after having met with several labels and he talked me into signing my first deal with Arista.”
“They assigned this woman named Cindy Mabe to me – we graduated the same day at Belmont. I got to work with her on my first few albums and now I get to work with her at UMG,” he added.
Paisley described Mabe as a genius and terrific human being, adding, “She heard what I was up to with the new music, and she pointed me further into the direction I was headed. I’ve never had this kind of enthusiasm and empowerment. She said, ‘Make music that matters.’ It’s an amazing thing to work with Mike and Cindy again. It’s great to know they believe in this music as much as I do.”
“Brad is a true creative. He has no boundaries to what he uses as his canvas. He has used his voice and his words as a gift to heal the world through his philanthropy, his song writing, his guitar playing, his entertaining, his music videos, his sense of humor and his heart,” said Mabe.
Paisley is finishing his next studio album, the first for UMG Nashville, which is expected later this year.
(Pictured Bill Simmons (The AMG), Brad Paisley, Cindy Mabe (UMGN), Kendal Marcy (The AMG))
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