Tegan Marie just earned a HUGE milestone in her career and we couldn’t be happier for her!
The 13-year-old singer just signed a recording contract with Warner Music Nashville on Friday (August 18). This is a REALLY big deal for Marie, as she’s the youngest Country artist signed to the label and the youngest female in 45 years – since Tanya Tucker signed with CBS Records (Sony) in 1972 – to ink a major label Country record deal. She also celebrated her record deal in the best way possible — a debut performance at the famous Grand Ole Opry.
The young vocalist stepped onto the revered six-foot circle to perform two originals for the full house: “Keep It Lit” and “Roots,” which pays respect to a number of legendary Country artists who have performed in the same historic spot including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks.
“Playing the Grand Ole Opry was the most amazing thing I have done in my entire life,” said Marie. “Everyone there was so nice. It was beyond a dream come true.”
From Flint, MI, Marie was first discovered by leading Gen Z girls’ media platform Sweety High and has since catapulted into the national spotlight with several high-profile media performances and appearances including ABC’s Good Morning America, PBS’ star-studded special Smokey Robinson: The Gershwin Prize and the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. The rising star also just wrapped up a six-city tour with Pepsi MidAmerica and is currently writing with hitmaker Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) for her first album.
“This new generation is passionate about Country music. Tegan Marie, with the kind of natural talent already resonating with audiences, represents a new breed of digitally-savvy artists that we want to be a part of,” said John Esposito, Chairman and CEO, Warner Music Nashville. “What attracted us to Tegan Marie was her voice and a confidence that was beyond her years. Her success on Sweety High and in social media exemplifies not only how Country talent can be nurtured on these platforms but also how we will reach the next generation of music consumers.”
Celeb Secrets Country has been following Tegan’s career for quite some time now, and we can’t wait to see where this new journey takes her. You can watch our interview with Marie from this year’s CMA Fest below, and keep up with her by following her on Instagram at @teganmarieofficial.