Monday, November 5, 2007
– John Michael Montgomery formed his own label, he announced Monday. The first project to be released on Stringtown Records will be Montgomery 's tenth studio album.
Montgomery cites the "appeal of creative control, success of Indie labels and the ability to nurture country music's future artists" as reasons for starting Stringtown Record, according to his web site.
"I have always been intrigued with the production side of this business, and I want to give others an opportunity like I've had. Every aspect of my career has prepared me for this new venture."
Montgomery will return to the studio this fall with producer Byron Gallimore to create a flagship album for the label. The two worked together before co-producing John Michael Montgomery's 2004 album, "Letters From Home."
Following the completion of his new album, Montgomery will look to sign other artists.
Overseeing daily operations for Stringtown Records will be Shelia Shipley Biddy as president. "With everything Shelia has achieved in the music business, I trust her and believe that she will help make Stringtown a success. I've been impressed with her for a long time and after meeting her, knew she was the one to head up my label. Her record speaks for itself."
The Hallmark Direction Company staff will provide management, business management and publicity for the label. The radio promotion team and distribution arm are still being finalized.
Stringtown Records was named after a small community in Mercer County , Ky. , near Montgomery 's home. "The town has all the necessities a guy like me would ever want - a place to fix your truck, a few other amenities and neighbors to help ya out if ya need it. That's how I'd like my label to be - a nice community with people who care about what they're doing. As I traveled back and forth to my farm, it always crossed my mind that it would be a great name if I ever started my own label."