Earlier this year, after his first single, “Missin’ You Crazy,” fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.

“I asked him, ‘Do you just want to start over? I’ll rewrite everything,’” Pardi recalls, recounting the story hours before a headlining club gig in Georgia. “And he said, ‘No—we like what you’re doing.’”

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