Steven Tyler has officially signed with Big Machine Label Group, following new of a new solo album and a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry recently. The Aerosmith frontman's first project is a country record and will be released on Dot Records later this year.
"There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine, and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project…and Dot Records is the right fit," said Tyler in a statement. "My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family and this project is all about me paying homage to my Country roots. I've been working with some fucking epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with their style and groove."
With Aerosmith, Tyler has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, along with a number of Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. Tyler was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2013 and has earned nine No. 1 hits over his career. He joins now joins BMLG's roster, with already includes Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry and others.
BMLG president and CEO Scott Borchetta added, "I have never met a more passionate human being than Steven. When he goes in, he goes all in, which is the culture of Dot Records and the Big Machine Label Group. I truly cannot wait for the world to hear the phenomenal music that he is creating and I really feel that this chapter of his career will be among his best. He bleeds love and he bleeds music. Pinch me -- it's Steven Fkg Tyler!"