Warner Bros. Records and Kenny Rogers announced today that they have inked a long-term, exclusive contract.
Rogers, whose catalog on Warner Bros./Reprise Records includes a string of multi-platinum albums and career hits recorded over the span of several decades, returns to where it all began in 1967 when his career was ignited with the hit, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).” Rogers’ new album is being produced by award-winning producer, Dann Huff, and it is scheduled for release later this year.
“I’m looking forward to returning home to Warner Bros. Records after all these years,” said Kenny Rogers. “Our history together, combined with the incredible team that’s in place now, provides the catalyst for a great new relationship going forward.”
“With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny Rogers’ music has touched generations across all musical formats. He has not only had a remarkable career but is truly an American icon,” said John Esposito, President & CEO of Warner Music Nashville. “Warner Music Nashville looks forward to continuing his musical legacy but more importantly, having him back home at Warner Bros. Records.”
Rogers celebrated his 50 th year in show business in 2008. Throughout the span of his career, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums. His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 No. 1 hits, including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “We’ve Got Tonight.” Two of Rogers’ albums, The Gambler and Kenny , are featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”, and his Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with 1 Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums. “The Gambler,” one of the biggest hits of Rogers’ career, spawned five movies and became the longest running mini-series in the history of U.S. television seen by 100 million people. Rogers starred as Brady Hawkes.
This may be a little-known fact to some readers, but Rogers is also an accomplished photographer, having studied under the assistant of Ansel Adams. He has published three photography books and authored four additional books, including one that is based on his hit tour and musical, “The Toy Shoppe.” He has also been named as the 2012 Artist-In-Residence at Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
Rogers is scheduled to be in Wooster, Ohio on September 9 at 8 p.m. at the Wayne County Fair. Mail order tickets go on sale on July 1. Tickets will be available at the fair box office beginning on August 6.