Carrie Underwood leaves Sony for global deal with Universal Music Group

After over a decade with Sony Music Nashville, Carrie Underwood is moving into a new label home. The country superstar has inked a worldwide recording agreement with Capitol Records Nashville, under the Universal Music Group banner. 

“Already a top tier force in country music, Carrie’s vast talents and creative bravery show that she is an artist who is prepared to take on a wide range of artistic challenges," Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman/CEO said in a press release. "We are excited for the future, and honored by her decision to make Universal Music Group her label partner in representing this worldwide superstar in the next phase of her career.”  

Although she'll be working with a new team, there are a few familiar faces on board. UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe helped launch Underwood's debut album Some Hearts while working at Sony. “When I decided to take my position with Capitol Records in 2007, personally one of the hardest people for me to leave behind was Carrie Underwood,” Mabe shared. “We were a team and I had the opportunity to watch her leave American Idol as a kid and mature into one of the most important artists with the most powerful voice in music. It was amazing to be a small part of that ride. I am so proud and humbled that she has chosen to sign with Universal Music Group Nashville and that we will once again join forces as she writes the next chapter of her soaring career as a global superstar of enormous integrity and talent.”

Underwood is optimistic about her future at UMG. “It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future," she said. "The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

Underwood's last release for Sony's Arista Nashville imprint was 2015's Storyteller, which included the hit singles "Smoke Break," "Heartbeat," "Chaser," Church Bells" and "Dirty Laundry." She can currently be heard as the female counterpart to Keith Urban on his quickly-climbing jam "Fighter."  Underwood notched her 100th Grand Ole Opry performance this past weekend with a special Nashville event. Stay tuned to AXS for news on Underwood's future releases, now all via Capitol Records Nashville.