PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS HOLLO / GRAND OLE OPRY
AS PICTURED (L-R): JORDAN PETTIT (Director of Artist Relations and Programming Strategy, Grand Ole Opry),
BASAK KIZILISIK (President and manager, Eighteen Company), ALANA SPRINGSTEEN, BILL CODY (650 AM WSM),
DAN ROGERS (Vice President and Executive Producer, Grand Ole Opry), JENN TRESSLER (Senior Manager, Artist & Label Strategy, Grand Ole Opry)
PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID BRADLEY
Fast-rising artist-songwriter Alana Springsteen received the ultimate birthday gift last night (10/18), making her Grand Ole Opry debut at 22. Invited by Country music superstar Luke Bryan to appear, she made her bucket list moment even more special by announcing her label signing with Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville onstage and having her family in attendance.
“Another reason tonight is so special is that I get to announce that I just signed a record deal with Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville,” shared Springsteen. “I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate my birthday! So many dreams are coming true tonight. My heart is so full.”
Performing “While You’re At It,” off her recent EP HISTORY OF BREAKING UP (PART TWO), she also took the audience back to her childhood in Virginia Beach, VA, to hear a song she wrote when she was just 12 called “Hate It When I’m Right.” Dedicating the latter to her 10-year-old self who once sat in the Opry’s pews for the first time and to those in the audience chasing a dream, it was a full-circle moment for Springsteen. Once backstage, her father surprised her with a hand-painted pair of Dickies – as Springsteen has been known to paint her own pairs – featuring Opry-themed drawings to further celebrate the dream come true.
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FIRST PHOTO: ALANA SPRINGSTEEN WITH HER FATHER, DAVID SPRINGSTEEN //
PHOTO CREDIT: ANNA CLARY
SECOND PHOTO: ALANA SPRINGSTEEN WITH HER FAMILY // PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID BRADLEY
ABOUT ALANA SPRINGSTEEN: For 22-year-old Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville artist-songwriter Alana Springsteen, it’s always been about storytelling. Named “one of Nashville’s most buzzworthy emerging artists” by E! News, she’s drawn praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, who stated that “she writes with beyond-her-years poise.” PEOPLE deemed HISTORY OF BREAKING UP (PART ONE) “a magical mixture of deep thoughts on love and heartbreak, all delivered by a voice that seems to represent the future of country music.” Partly on the strength of new songs from (PART TWO) like “Trust Issues,” “New Number,” and “Me Myself and Why,” Pandora’s 2021 Country Artist to Watch has reached 71.5 MILLION career streams and amassed 8K playlist adds. Picking up the guitar at seven and writing her first song by age nine, the Virginia Beach native relocated to Nashville at 14 and landed a publishing deal almost immediately. On the fast-track to stardom, she’s appeared at the Grand Ole Opry and has already been spotted on the road with Mitchell Tenpenny, LANY, plus is next supporting Adam Doleac’s ‘BARSTOOL WHISKEY WONDERLAND’ TOUR in 2023. Signed to Eighteen Company for management and represented by UTA, Springsteen is also a Celebrity Ambassador for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.https://www.countryschatter.com/2022/10/alana-springsteen-celebrates-22nd-birthday-with-grand-ole-opry-debut/Grand Ole OpryNew ArtistsPhoto ReleasePress Release"While You're At It",Alana Springsteen,Bill Cody,Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville,Grand Ole Opry,HISTORY OF BREAKING UP (PART TWO),Instagram,Jordan Pettit,Luke Bryan,WSM
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