In addition to filming and promoting her show Goin’ Country (now airing on the Pursuit Channel), Season 7 Idol’s 7th place finisher Kristy Lee Cook has been prepping new music since signing with Broken Bow Records in 2010. As she gears up to finally release a new single through that label, she’s participating in a Ram Trucks promotion called the Ram Summer Tour. As reprinted by Music Row mag, her bio reads:
Cook is currently in the studio working with executive producer and label mate Jason Aldean and a collection of his touring musicians called NV (New Voice Entertainment), the production team for Thompson Square. Cook’s debut single for Broken Bow will be released later in 2012.
Jason Aldean is probably the biggest current country act going these days and he’s built his career through a true indie label. Not a bad guy to have in your corner.
Now, here’s where things get spooky. We all know Kristy Lee decided at least 4 of the last 5 if not all 5 of the last Idol winners. But get this. While she was on Idol, Kristy Lee said Jason Aldean is her dream duet partner and favorite male country act. That’s not all, check out this video from 2008 where she gets a message from Jason about how he’d been rooting for her on AI and thought maybe one day they could collaborate!
And now they’re working together?! I see you, Kristy Lee Cook. You were just waiting for Jason Aldean to get as big as he did and now you have him executive producing your album.
But seriously, finding a place at country radio is a real battle, especially if you’re female. It won’t hurt Kristy Lee to have Jason’s name attached to her music. Her label Broken Bow has finally started having success with acts other than Jason Aldean (Thompson Square scored a #1 hit, followed by a t10 hit and now a t20 hit, and newcomer Dustin Lynch has his debut single currently sitting in the t20) so there’s some momentum there.
As far as when that new music will come out, Kristy Lee Cook did an interview with NBC affiliate KOBI out of Medford in her home state of Oregon and said she’ll be promoting her new single in the late summer and starting a radio tour after some early/mid August gigs in Oregon. She also said she has cowritten 9 of the songs that will be on her album (she doesn’t know when the album will be out). Check out that interview (which promotes a local charity race) here:
Check out previously posted live performance video of some of Kristy Lee’s new music and a list of songs she’s known to have cowritten for her new album HERE.
Kristy Lee previously had a t30 single “15 Minutes Of Shame” from her rush job Arista Nashville album Why Wait, but parted ways with the label a few months after the album was released (it sold only around 25k copies total). What do you think of her chances of making a mark in the country world this time?