Hope Partlow posted an update on her MySpace.com blog on Friday (November 4) with news that she has been dropped by her record company.
“Bits and pieces of information have slowly been getting out about some changes going on, and I thought I would clarify for everybody so the rumor mill doesn’t get started,” she wrote. “There has been alot of shuffling around at Virgin Records lately, some new execs have come in, and as part of the restructuring, Virgin has made the decision to drop my contract. Although it’s a little jolting, I’m in talks with other labels, and things are looking good. Don’t worry, this is not a farewell, I’m not going to drop off the face of the earth, I’m not going to stop singing… I will always sing. As I’ve said before, I will be off-tour for the next little while. This is just one of those transitions that everyone has to deal with in their careers. You guys can all continue to spread my music by telling your friends, and making radio requests, etc., etc…those are great ways to help out. I hope you all have a good weekend!”
BellaOnline’s Shelia M. Goss caught up with Hope Partlow for a Q&A and asked the 17-year-old how has her life changed since her musical success. “A lot,” Partlow responded. “I come from one hundred acres in Tennessee, now I live on a tour bus. Leaving school was hard… I left six weeks into my freshman year… It was a big transition, but I’m now in my senior year. I really found out who my true friends are. Living on a tour bus can be frustrating, but fun too. My family is back in Tennessee and I normally see them on the holidays or when I get to go home for a few days.” Check out a complete transcript here.
Hope Partlow tells the Quad City Times that she struggled early finding the right sound after being signed at age 14 by Virgin Records. The singer complained that the music she received from writers was mostly deep relationship content that she didn’t relate to. “I was singing stuff that I had no idea what I was talking about,” she said. “I was singing about what these songwriters had been through. Obviously being 14, 15 and singing songs about loving and losing – by then, I hadn’t yet.” To solve the problem, the 17-year-old turned over her middle-school and high-school diaries to two songwriters. Read more.
Hope Partlow is out with the video to her debut single ‘Who We Are’, off the Drummonds, Tennessee pop singer’s upcoming debut album ‘Who We Are’ on Virgin Records. Watch it below.