Whitney Rose was one of the most critically acclaimed breakout country artists of 2015. Now to start 2016, Rose is poised to continue rising even higher. Six Shooter Records has announced they have signed the Canadian country artist to their label, based out of Toronto and Nashville. The 2015 Country Perspective Female Artist of the Year joins a label that is slowly but surely gaining a foothold in country/roots music, as it’s also the home of another critically acclaimed country artist that broke out in 2015, Sam Outlaw. Other notable acts on the label include Whitehorse and Tanya Tagaq. Six Shooter Records is distributed by Universal Music in Canada and by Thirty Tigers in the United States.
As I mentioned above, Rose really rose to prominence last year with the release of her sophomore album Heartbreaker of the Year. Produced by well-known frontman of The Mavericks, Raul Malo, Rose combined traditional country with old school pop music to create one of the most unique sounding country albums of the year. It received plenty of critical buzz, from AXS to AllMusic to Saving Country Music. We at Country Perspective were impressed by this album too, as it was a Country Perspective Album of the Year finalist and won our Female Artist of the Year award.
Rose took to Instagram to thank the people who made this possible for her and expressed much excitement about her future ahead:
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Friends, I am so excited to share with you the most exciting news of my career to date. I have just signed with @sixshooterrecords. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team and of course the best part about a new record deal is making a new record in 2016! I would also like to take this opportunity to thank @cameronhouserecords for getting me to this point. I will be forever grateful. Celebrating this evening at the Continental Club in Austin! 📷 @jensquiresphotographer 💄 @keltylewis
So it looks we might possibly get her third album later this year, which is great news to hear. It seems more and more talented traditionally-based country artists are getting noticed and signed by labels. This is all part of the slow, but steady gain of traditional country music in the genre. Don’t be surprised if more of these type of signings continue to happen throughout 2016. It’s great to see a talented artist like Whitney Rose get recognized and signed onto an up and coming label that will take her to new heights. And hopefully Raul Malo will continue to work with her too, as I think they make a great pairing. This is just another reminder of all the potentially great music that could be released this year. It’s truly an exciting time for fans of country music.