Singer-songwriter Megan Moroney has inked a label deal with Sony Music Nashville and Columbia Records. During her opening performance slot for Warren Zeiders: The Up to No Good Tour on Wednesday evening (Nov. 16) at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl, Moroney announced her label signing, and also told the audience that her song “Tennessee Orange” will be sent to country radio.
According to Moroney’s manager, Punch Bowl Entertainment’s Juli Griffith, Moroney and her team were in talks with 18 record labels before signing with Sony Music Nashville and the NYC-based Columbia.
“We picked this combination because they understand exactly who Megan is and what she has already created,” Griffith tells Billboard. “Their plan is to come in and enhance what we are already doing under her creative vision.”
Moroney’s “Tennessee Orange” made its Billboard Hot 100 debut in October, entering the chart at No. 94. The song is currently at No. 19 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Moroney wrote “Tennessee Orange” with Ben Williams, David Fanning and Paul Jenkins, with production from Kristian Bush. Moroney released her six-song EP Pistol Made of Roses in July.
A portion of the early appeal of “Tennessee Orange” lies in its backstory, with many fans believing Moroney wrote it about country singer-songwriter Morgan Wallen. In the song, Savannah, Georgia, native Moroney sings of being a University of Georgia fan (Moroney’s alma mater), but she is so besotted with a love interest that she is even willing to wear the University of Tennessee’s trademark orange color (Wallen is a UT fan).
In addition to her new label deal, Moroney’s team includes Griffith’s Punch Bowl Entertainment for management, as well as UTA booking agent Elisa Vazzana, and tour manager Alexandra Kolea.
“We are so happy to have built what we did with a small group of four amazing women (Team Lasso as we call ourselves). The time has come that we need to expand, and we are thankful to have been able to hand pick an amazing team to help us go forward in this journey,” Griffith adds.
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