Kellie Pickler recently parted ways with her record label, Sony Music Nashville, and in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, she does not mince words about how unhappy she is with how they handled her and her latest album, 100 Proof. Kellie says, “It wasn’t promoted. When my album came out, I didn’t even have a song out on the radio. Nobody does that. [The label was] spread thin. When I was making my record, the CEO left. He retired. They brought in Gary [Overton]. My A&R left. They brought in somebody else. I went through four heads of promotion when my record was coming out. The only consistency was inconsistency.” Kellie also admits that recording the album, which has been called her best and most authentic project to date, “was hell.” She explains, “We couldn’t agree on songs. The thing is, my life is a country song. I don’t need to be manufactured, and I don’t need anyone to tell me what to say or what to sing.”
For now Kellie is in the process of finding a new record label to call home. She tells EW she’s considering going with an independent record label as opposed to one of the major labels because she says, they’re “the ones that actually can probably do more for you. They have more to prove. [You want] to sign with someone that is about the music and gets you.” Our sources tell us Kellie has been meeting with several labels and is this close to signing a new deal with an independent label in Nashville.