BIG LOUD RECORDS is proud to welcome the latest addition to its bold-and-getting-bolder roster, signing an artist who truly defies categorization … a singer/songwriter known simply as ERNEST.
Already revered as a young-but-talented lyricist with an unpredictable vocal flow, the Tropical Cowboy is cut from a new kind of Country cloth. Growing up in Nashville, he was inspired by everything from Eminem to George Strait to Jimmy Buffett, and so far he’s put that mix to use on cuts by the likes of Jake Owen, Chris Lane and Florida Georgia Line – who chose “Dig Your Roots” as the title track of their 2016 album. Now the banjo-playing, confident crooner is ready to make his own mark.
“I’m super blessed to call Big Loud my team. They’re like family to me, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” shares ERNEST of the signing. “We share the same vision, and most importantly, they let me be ME. I’m a very eccentric person and they encourage me to really dig in to everything that makes me unique.”
“We are longtime fans of ERNEST and his songwriting. Over the past few years, we’ve watched him develop his vision and channel his creative flow,” says Big Loud partner Kevin “Chief” Zaruk. “He’s truly a one-of-a-kind artist and we cannot wait to introduce the world to ERNEST and his music.”
In addition to joining the Big Loud Records family, ERNEST will also be managed by Big Loud, with the company’s Ryan Kroon overseeing day-to-day responsibilities.
ERNEST will hit the road on two coast-to-coast tours lined up this fall and winter. First, he’ll join viral superstar Mason Ramsey for HOW’S UR GIRL & HOW’S UR FAMILY PT. 2, kicking off Wednesday (10/2) in Athens, GA, up until the November 2 show in Minneapolis, MN. Then the new talent joins Lane’s BIG, BIG PLANS TOUR November 7 in Morgantown, WV, with dates running through February 22 in Detroit, MI.
His forthcoming Big Loud Records debut is currently in the works with producer Joey Moi, but in the meantime, ERNEST is giving Country fans a taste of what’s to come. Out next Friday (10/4), the tropical two-stepper “I Think I Love You” is full of sandy longnecks, breezy guitars and beach-bum charm, while the rangy “Insane” stands out as a dreamy backroad-R&B confession, and a tender tribute to love that changes everything.