Exciting news for Kelsey Hart of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He is undoubtedly proof that hard work, patience and perseverance pays off. Kelsey signed a deal with Curb Records in Nashville today.
I first met Kelsey about ten years ago when he was fronting the band Boys of Broad. This group of friends, in consecutive years, reached the finals of the Battle for the Big O, a talent competition aimed at opening the annual Big O Music Festival.
Here’s a video from the first time we saw the band. They showed up at an open audition at Trunnell’s Farm Market.
When we first saw Kelsey, there was no doubt that he belonged on stage, microphone in hand.
In recent years, Kelsey has pursued a career in country music – both as a singer and as a songwriter. In 2021, I portrayed Kelsey when he released his song Crazy ‘Bout You.
Upon its release, this song briefly climbed the top 10 on the iTunes Country Chart, fueled by popularity on TikTok.
Kelsey’s first successes in Nashville were definitely songwriting. In 2020 he signed a publishing deal with Curb Records and recorded songs by Jake Owen and Trace Adkins. Another song he co-wrote, “Hell Outta Me,” was picked up by Dylan Scott and became a staple of the setlist for the country star’s live shows.
Now Kelsey has something else in common with Dylan. As of today, the two officially share the same label as artists.
Kelsey shared the big news and some moments of reflection on social media.
Kelsey’s Curb Records’ labelmates include some popular country music names: Dylan Scott (mentioned above), Lee Brice, Rodney Atkins and more. Established in 1964, Curb Records has a proven track record of hits. The label has had 435 number one records, over 1500 top ten records and charted over 4500 records from artists such as Tim McGraw, Hank Williams Jr., LeAnn Rimes, The Judds, Jo Dee Messina and more.
In my 2021 article, I ended my story about Kelsey with this: So what’s next for Kelsey? I think we all have to keep at it.
Well I think we just found out. And after today’s exciting and promising announcement, I’m going to reiterate what I said a year and a half ago. I think we all have to keep at it.
And the good news? We don’t have to wait long. On Friday January 27th Kelsey will release the beer-buzzed breakup song “6-Pack Gone”.
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