Melissa Peterman
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NASHVILLE, TN – Big Machine Records is proud to announce the addition of actress Melissa Peterman to its label family. Peterman, a star of film and television, will release her debut comedy album on Big Machine Records this Spring.

“I have always wanted to be a recording artist mostly because I really want a tour bus.. I hear those things are a party on wheels" says Peterman. "The truth is I love what I do and to get a chance to share my stand-up with fans who haven't had the opportunity to see me live is very cool. And the great part of having your own comedy CD is I am already done Christmas shopping. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the BMR team and am so excited about releasing my first comedy cd on a label with such a great track record.”

“I’m a huge fan of Melissa’s and I’m thrilled that she’s going to join us,” says Scott Borchetta, President & CEO of Big Machine Records. “From “Fargo’s” ‘Hooker #2’ to Reba’s ‘Barbra Jean’ to the host of CMT’s #1 show ‘Singing Bee’, she’s been cracking up America for years. Now it’s time to record it!”

Worldwide audiences started loving Melissa Peterman the moment she began portraying the ditzy home wrecker Barbra Jean on Reba.

The host of CMT’s #1-rated series of 2009, “The Singing Bee,” has also appeared in television shows including "Surviving Suburbia," "Rita Rocks," "Just Shoot Me,” “Living With Abandon,” and has hosted CMT’s “Comedy Stage” as well as the Hollywood Bowl’s Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. She appeared in the hit Coen brothers film, Fargo, as Hooker #2, the Method Man film, How High, and most recently starred in the independent comedy Dirty Politics.

In addition, the Minnesota native has performed in a number of stage productions, including the commercially and critically acclaimed, Tony ‘N Tina’s Wedding, in which she performed in over 600 performances.

Peterman is currently performing at arenas across America on tour with George Strait, Reba and Lee Ann Womack. The comedy star previously opened for Reba and Kelly Clarkson on their Two Worlds, Two Voices Tour. She is managed by Darris Hatch and represented by the APA agency.

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Scott Borchetta founded independent label Big Machine Records in September 2005 and serves as its President/CEO. In its first year Big Machine scored its first #1 single (Jack Ingram’s “Wherever You Are”), placed five singles in the Country Top 30, received a nomination for Record Label of the Year, and placed all three of the label’s three new artist releases in the Top 10 Most-Played New Artists of 2006 (as monitored by Mediabase and reported by USA Today and Country Aircheck).

Big Machine’s signature artist Taylor Swift (the CMA and AP’s reigning Entertainer of the Year and the American Music Awards’ 2009 Artist of the Year) was the best-selling all-genre artist of 2008 and her current album, Fearless, repeated her success when it became 2009’s highest-selling album of the year across all genres. Fearless - the GRAMMY’s 2010 Album of the Year and the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music and American Music Awards’ 2009 Country Album of the Year - has spent more weeks at #1 atop the Billboard Top Album chart than any other album in the last 10 years with an astounding 11 weeks at #1. Taylor re-wrote the record books when her worldwide smash single "Love Story" became the first ever Country crossover single to hit #1 on the Billboard and USA Today Top 40 airplay charts. Her follow-up single, “You Belong With Me,” repeated the same feat.

Big Machine Records was Billboard’s #1 Top Country Album Imprint of 2009, decorating it as the highest-selling record label group on Music Row. In 4 short years, Big Machine Records has grown into the Big Machine Label Group, which includes sister labels The Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville. The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Jewel, Billboard’s “New Country Artist of 2009” Justin Moore, Trisha Yearwood, Jack Ingram, Jimmy Wayne, Steel Magnolia, The Band Perry, Fast Ryde and Sunny Sweeney.

In 4 years, Big Machine Records artists have received 6 Country Music Association Awards, 6 American Music Awards, 4 GRAMMY Awards, 4 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 CMT Music Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Award, and 1 People’s Choice Award, as well as 5 People’s Choice Award nominations, 4 additional GRAMMY Award nominations, 2 Kid’s Choice Nominations and 1 BRIT Award nomination.


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