Kristy Lee Cook, the sixth-place finalist from this year’s American Idol, has signed with Arista Nashville:
July 1, 2008 — The fastest way to get a recording contract in Nashville these days is to compete on “American Idol” and declare yourself a country artist.
Kristy Lee Cook, who ranked among the final 12 on this year’s edition of the TV singing competition, was officially announced yesterday as the newest member of the Arista Records artist roster, having signed to the label through 19 Recordings, a company founded by “Idol” creator Simon Fuller. The British management empresario keeps a condo in Nashville and has previously signed Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler to Arista.
I actually don’t have an opinion on this, now that I’ve made peace with the fact that Arista is just a BMG imprint and not the “Artistry First” label that it was when Tim DuBois was running the show back in the nineties. No disrespect meant to any of the ladies who record for it, as Carrie Underwood is a prime vocal talent, but it was a much cooler label when its flagship female artist was Pam Tillis. Just sayin’.