Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967.
Rogers broke the news Wednesday night during his first of two sold-out performances at Ford Theater in Nashville as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's 2012 Artist-in-Residence. His next album is being produced by Dann Huff and is scheduled for release later this year.
In March, Rogers joined Lionel Richie onstage at Billboard's showcase at South by Southwest. The two duetted on Rogers' "Lady" on Richie's latest LP, Tuskeegee.
The singer's catalog on Warner Bros./Reprise Records includes multiple albums and singles recorded over several decades. His first hit (as a member of the First Edition) was actually on the label: 1967's psychedelic "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," which enjoyed a revival when it was featured in the Coen Brothers' cult hit "The Big Lebowski."
"I'm looking forward to returning home to Warner Bros. Records after all these years," commented Rogers on his new deal. "Our history together, combined with the incredible team that's in place now, provides the catalyst for a great new relationship going forward.
"With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny Rogers' music has touched generations across all musical formats. He has not only had a remarkable career but is truly an American icon," said John Esposito, President & CEO of Warner Music Nashville. "Warner Music Nashville looks forward to continuing his musical legacy but more importantly, having him back home at Warner Bros. Records."