Lee Ann Womack has signed with Sugar Hill Records. The news was first reported by HollywoodReporter.com. Lee Ann’s new record, produced by her husband, award-winning producer Frank Liddell, is set for a September release with its first single coming this summer.
“When I was looking for the right home for this record, I knew I wanted a label where passion for music and artistic integrity drive the decision making, the people who bring the music to the fans,” Lee Ann said. “Beyond the incredible work Sugar Hill has done with Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz and Bryan Sutton, they have a broader way of looking at where music can go and why it matters – and for this very personal record, it seemed like the perfect fit.”
“Lee Ann and I always thought one day we’d work together, but we wanted it to be right, be something we could both bring the best of ourselves, too,” Frank Liddell said. “My wife is one of the greatest country singers ever, but she’s also a vocalist who bring things out of songs you never realized were there. It’s unusual for the musicians to not just want, but to shape their performances to the vocalist during tracking, but for this project… That’s just what some of the best players in the world did.”
“We’re thrilled to have Lee Ann join Sugar Hill and the Welk Music Group,” Cliff O’Sullivan, Sugar Hill’s General Manager and Senior Vice President, said. “She has delivered a stunning album, and we can’t wait for people to hear it. Lee Ann turns an important artistic corner with this project – and we’re delighted to be a part of her next chapter. Where Lee Ann wants to go musically matches up perfectly with our goals as a label.”
A native of Jacksonville, Texas, Lee Ann’s “I Hope You Dance” was a multi-genre six week No. 1. She picked up a GRAMMY in 2002 Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for “Mendocino County Line” with Willie Nelson. She has also received 20 Country Music Association Awards nominations, winning Album of the Year for There’s More Where That Came From, Female Vocalist and two Single and Musical Events.
“I have always loved country music with my entire being and I think the gift of a genre that’s built on real life is that there is always room for great songs, and the truth,” Lee Ann said. “When we started this record, Frank and I promised each other we would only cut songs that we absolutely loved for no reason other than we loved them very much. No other factors, and I think that freedom really inspired us.”