NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of the most adorned country music entertainers, Ronnie Dunn, has a fresh contemporary single, “Kiss You There,” already leaping onto the sales charts due to early online exposure and a push from Sirius XM’s The Highway. Having received over 60 BMI Million Airplay Awards for songs he has written and performed that have attained one million or more radio airplay status, Dunn is one of Country music’s most recognizable voices. “Kiss You There” will be released by Little Will-E/HitShop Records and is impacting country radio on July 29. The lead single shipped to radio July 8 via Play MPE.
“This partnership is a slam dunk, natural evolution of our belief in Ronnie’s unmatched talent,” shares Skip Bishop, President of HitShop Records. “He is undoubtedly the most recognizable voice in Country music and has raised the bar with new remarkable, cutting-edge material and production! Ronnie’s contemporary musical brilliance is a perfect match for HitShop’s new model.”
“Kiss You There” was written by Don Schlitz and Josh Kear and produced by Dunn and Jeff Balding, Executive Vice President of Little Will-E Records.
Dunn recently revealed the new single for fans in downtown Nashville during CMA Music Festival in an ambush of the famed Lower Broadway—taking over the rooftop patio of Rippy’s Bar and Grill for an impromptu performance. The show happened as fans were departing the Bridgestone Arena after watching the CMT Awards. Dunn debuted four new songs: “Country This,” “Kiss You There,” “Cowgirls Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Peace, Love and Country Music.”
During “Kiss You There,” a flash mob took over Broadway for an impromptu dance to the delight of the crowd. Both “Country This” and “Kiss You There” can be downloaded exclusively on iTunes.
HitShop Records is distributed by Warner Music Nashville and part of the Ramblin Music Group, whose holdings also include Young Guns Publishing. Hitshop is dedicated to using cutting edge tactics and innovative new media music discovery strategies. For more information about HitShop and its artists, please visit www.hitshoprecords.com or follow them on twitter @hitshoprecords and facebook.com/hitshoprecords.
About Ronnie Dunn
Ronnie Dunn was born in Coleman, Texas to a hard living, truck driving, country music singing father and a conservative church going mother. Dunn navigated a winding road that led him from West Texas to New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma and through 13 schools in 12 years. Music was about the only constant in life. In 1990 Dunn moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Nashville and was introduced by Arista Records label head, Tim Dubois, to Kix Brooks. Since their initial pairing in 1990, Brooks & Dunn were at the top of the country music singles charts 23 times with songs like “Brand New Man,” “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” “My Maria,” “Only In America,” and “Red Dirt Road.” They are the industry’s most award-winning duo and were named Entertainers of the Year four times. They garnered 20 Country Music Association Awards and 28 Academy of Country Music Awards – more than any other artist in ACM history, surpassing the legendary Merle Haggard in 2005. With their exceedingly popular tours and more than 30 million records sold, Brooks & Dunn dominated the music industry consistently through the fall of 2009 when they mutually decided to pursue solo careers. With a monumental farewell tour in 2010, the Last Rodeo Tour, Brooks and Dunn said goodbye to their fans as a duo and welcomed in the new chapter of their careers as solo artists.
Independently, Dunn is a two-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year and Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame member. Dunn debuted his self-titled solo album in 2011 that launched the Top 10 “Bleed Red,” Top 20 “Cost of Livin’,” and “Let The Cowboy Rock” which earned Dunn two GRAMMY nominations in 2012. In 2013, he launched Little Will-E Records and released his first single, “Kiss You There,” in partnership with HitShop Records. For more information, visit www.ronniedunn.com or on Twitter@ronniedunn and Facebook@ronniedunnmusic.