After playing gigs around Meridian the last few years, Emily White is ready to take the next step in her music career.
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter signed a recording contract with Creative Dreams Music Network of Nashville on Friday.
“I’m so looking forward to a future with this company,” White said during a ceremony at Weidmann’s Restaurant. “It just feels like family.”
White has spent the last few months near Nashville honing her musical skills with Rose Drake, the president of Creative Dreams. A sample from one of those sessions – White’s version of the Conway Twitty hit "Hello Darlin" – was unveiled during Friday’s festivities.
“We think that she’s going to represent Meridian really well – the home of Jimmie Rodgers – and carry the tradition forward, ” Drake said.
“She’s genuine,” Drake emphasized. “She’s country – something that country music hasn’t been for a while. She loves her music, and she’s wiling to work really hard.”
“She has a spirit that goes beyond the norm,” said Fred Cannon, the label’s CEO, who hopes White's success will spur a resurgence in the local music scene.
“Hopefully they’ll be many more in Meridian going to higher levels in the music business,” Cannon said. “We hope she’ll lead the pack.”