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NASHVILLE, TN (October 5, 2011)--  The Big Machine Label Group today announced the signing of talented fifteen-year-old singer/songwriter Ella Mae Bowen to the label’s star-studded roster of artists.  

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Ella Mae Bowen join our Big Machine family,” said label President and CEO Scott Borchetta. “She blew me away the first time I heard her sing.”

Although BMLG likely won’t release music by Bowen until sometime next year, the rising starlet already has a cut on the major motion picture soundtrack for the remake of FOOTLOOSE. Her version of “Holding Out For A Hero,” has earned critical acclaim as a stand-out track.

“The Big Machine Label Group was always my number one choice, not only because of their phenomenal track record but because everyone there immediately felt like family,” said Bowen upon signing with BMLG. “I couldn't be more thrilled to work with Scott and his amazing team.” (BMLG will designate Bowen to one of the label group’s three different labels at a later date.)

A South Carolina native, Bowen was continually immersed in music throughout her childhood. Growing up, both of her parents sang to her often, which led to her love for music at an early age. Her hobby turned into a passion by age 7 when she began performing in front of an audience at local talent shows.

Bowen is currently in the studio working on her debut music for BMLG as well as making promotional rounds for “Holding Out For A Hero.”

She will be attending the Nashville premiere of FOOTLOOSE on Thursday, October 6. Interviews will be available on the red carpet.

Bowen is managed by Tracy Gershon (Red Light Management) and Kip Krones. Publicity is being handled by Jake Basden at Big Machine.

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ABOUT BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP: Scott Borchetta serves as President/CEO of the independent Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records (founded in 2005), The Valory Music Co. (founded in 2007) and Republic Nashville (a partnership with Universal Republic founded in 2009 with Jimmy Harnen serving as President). In 2010 Big Machine was named Country Label of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine/Powered by USA Today for the second consecutive year. Also in 2010, Big Machine’s signature artist Taylor Swift’s third album, SPEAK NOW, became the best-selling Country studio album debut of all time with over 1 million units sold in its first week. With the release, Taylor became the 4th female artist in history (across all genres) to debut with more than 1 million first-week units sold. The Big Machine Label Group’s current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride and Jewel, Platinum sensations The Band Perry, established acts Justin Moore and the Eli Young Band and hot newcomers Steel Magnolia, Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, Brantley Gilbert and comedienne Melissa Peterman. In 5 years, Big Machine Records artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations.


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