Jennifer Hanson plans digital only CD
Monday, May 12, 2008
– Jennifer Hanson's first release in six years will be a digital only affair. "Thankful" will be available June 3 through Universal Records South. The CD will include singles "Joyride" and "'73," as well as the title track, performed with Vince Gill. Hanson and Nick Brophy co-produced the disc. Hanson's previous album was out in 2002 on Capitol Nashville with the hit "Beautiful Goodbyes."
According to Hanson, the CD's title was a natural choice. "When I began the process of writing and recording this record, I didn't have a label home for it," Hanson said. "But I knew I had to make the record and just go on faith that I would somehow be able to get it out there to the music fans. And that's just what happened when I played what I had done for (label executives) Mark Wright and Fletcher Foster. They heard what I was trying to do with this album and jumped on board. And for that, I am thankful."
Fletcher explained the reason for going digital only instead of also making the music available at record stores. "Jennifer has been able to develop a strong following through her artistry as a writer and a performer. She has a solid internet presence, and we as a label feel the best way to market her new music is by capitalizing on this awareness. Her last single received an impressive number of downloads, and I have no doubt that by partnering with the various digital outlets we will be able to get her music to her fans and continue to increase her fan base."
Hanson penned the number one hit "Leave the Pieces" for The Wreckers, as well as American Idol finalist Bucky Covington's top five "A Different World." She also co-wrote all of the music on "Thankful," as well as the majority of the songs on her debut, self-titled release.
"Our format needs artists like Jennifer," said Universal Records South President Mark Wright. "She's one of those truly gifted individuals who can tap into our emotions with a song, and deliver that song with the conviction of someone who has lived what she writes. This album is full of the kind of moments that make a listener feel totally connected with the artist."
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When we last heard from Jennifer Hanson, she released her self-titled debut six years ago, garnering one semi-hit "Beautiful Goodbyes." Since then, the Californian's success has been on the songwriting front with "Leave the Pieces" for The Wreckers and "A Different World" for Bucky Covington. Hanson switched labels, but with two singles not burning up the charts, this release went digital only.
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Born the daughter of a pro country musician and married to a country singer and songwriter, a music career must have seemed almost inevitable to Jennifer Hanson. Still, connections only count for so much, and Hanson's clearly not afraid of taking responsibility for her own work; on her debut CD, she not only sang but shared the producer's chair and co-wrote all but two songs.
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