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HLN’s Robin Meade releases country album

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Atlanta-based Robin Meade is best known as that HLN morning anchor with the chipper greeting, “Mornin’ Sunshine.”

But she’s also a country singer who released her first album last month called “Brand New Day,” available on iTunes and Target. Reviews have been kind. “Meade rises to the challenge and meets it dead on,” wrote Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville.

The album shows that she can actually sing with sass with songs such as “Put My High Heels On.” “Five inch heels are transformative!” she said in an interview today. Her trademark phrase “Mornin’ Sunshine” also became a song.

A couple of years ago, she was hosting a reality competition show on GAC  (Great American Country) when she met judge Victoria Shaw, who produced Lady Antebellum’s first album. Meade asked Shaw if she could teach Meade how to write music. Shaw, she said, figured this was just a notion, not a real project. But Meade kept driving up to Nashville and working with her.

“She said I stalked her,” Meade said. “I call it reporter’s persistence. She got sucked in. I fell into a vat of luck.”

So people in the music business would take her seriously, she surrounded herself with pros. John Rich, a well-respected Nashville songwriter and producer who recently won “The Celebrity Apprentice,” co-wrote one song and dueted on another. “American Idol” runner-up Bo Bice joined her on a remake of Richard Marx’s ‘Right Here Waiting.”

She purposely included two cover songs on the album to draw casual Target shoppers, especially those who might be perusing the aisles of Target. Besides the Marx cover, she did a tongue-in-cheek bluegrass take on Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry,” a biting critique of the TV news business from 1982. She made one small lyrical change, singing, “I make my living off the morning news,” rather than “evening news.”

Meade, a preacher’s kid from Ohio, said she always loved that song going back to eighth grade. HLN honchos, she said, didn’t blink an eye: “My bosses are hip enough and secure enough to realize this is irony and a wink and a nudge. I’m not biting the hand that feeds me.”

That hand pays the bills. Her HLN obligations preclude her from becoming a full-time country artist touring 150 days a year. But she does a few one-off concerts, most recently sharing the stage July 1 in Warner Robins with Wynonna. She also owns the masters to her album, having paid for the production out of her own pocket.

Meade may not have a record label to push sales but she has HLN as a promotional vehicle. The network created a contest asking viewers to write a theme song for the show, enabling Meade to namedrop her album without being obnoxious about it.

The distribution company Somerset Entertainment said the album has done well at Target. It also peaked at No. 25 on iTunes.

Meade insists this is not just a hobby. “It’s more than a hobby,” she said. “We already have plans for a second album. This is not a one off.”

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

29 comments Add your comment

In agony

July 22nd, 2011
3:02 pm

Obviously a pretty lady but her whining nasal voice is like a drill in my brain!

Are you kidding?

July 22nd, 2011
10:49 pm

Oh great, MORE exposure for this vapid idiot. Maybe she’ll do the world a favor and give up her day job reading news that she obviously doesn’t understand.

Dexter Poindexter

July 22nd, 2011
11:01 pm

The phrase “drops country album” when you mean “releases country album” is such a plastic and pretentious attempt at being hip that I think I’m gonna throw up.

I clicked on the link because I thought she was CANCELING plans to release a country album, but when I realized it was some lame media person’s attempt at being hip, I won a bet with myself. Doosh@!

TheDuchess

July 22nd, 2011
11:06 pm

I’m sorry, but she CAN NOT sing worth a lick!

Lisa

July 22nd, 2011
11:06 pm

I watch her every morning but when she starts to plug her C.D. I turn the channel to Fox News, wait a few minutes then turn it back.

SAWB

July 22nd, 2011
11:33 pm

What’s next Anderson Cooper and Snoop Dogg? CNN is begging for any attention they can get.

taxpayer

July 22nd, 2011
11:43 pm

Boy, this is a joke!! I just left Youtube and watched her performing live on the CMA Music Festival. She sounds like a cat trapped in a closet scratching the door trying to get out. If she was in my backyard performing, i wouldn’t go out.

Twin Peaks

July 22nd, 2011
11:49 pm

DebDoes – are you Debbie Does Dallas’s cousin? Sweet – let’s hook up baby :) I’ll show you a new way to get thrills

not so hip, maybe

July 23rd, 2011
12:28 am

when did ‘a one time thing’ become a ‘one off’ ?

Rip n' Read

July 23rd, 2011
1:07 am

You are kidding, aren’t you?

ron

July 23rd, 2011
1:38 am

she cant sing end of story

Shame On You People

July 23rd, 2011
2:20 am

Seriously? Is there nothing better to do than post nasty things on comment sections? How pitiful.

sam

July 23rd, 2011
3:01 am

I also thought this article was going to be about her CANCELING something. Rodney, you’re such a prick sometimes but hey, I still enjoy reading your blog.

I just listened to some of Robin’s music on Youtube and she sounds fine. You critics are obviously jealous if not deaf. The lady CAN sing. Sure, her looks make her sound all that much better, but bottom line, yes, the girl can carry a tune.

CJDawg

July 23rd, 2011
3:46 am

Man…a TON of critics that have never released anything but vitriol on here. She is a talented, beautiful lady and I wish her well. If she didn’t have talent and persistence, she wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. I hope she hits number one. And this is from a Fox fan…that is, unless I come across her in the morning. She really is a person that can make your day bettter, not only her looks, but her satisfactory way of delivering the same thing as the other guys but with a smoky soothing smile that makes you think the two of you have a secret. I dig her.

Mountain Dawg

July 23rd, 2011
4:41 am

Right on, CJDawg!

Bo U

July 23rd, 2011
7:09 am

Everyone wants to sing, write a book, have a reality show…let get out there and make fools OF OURSELVES ANY WAY WE CAN FOR THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR!!!!

you high school English teacher

July 23rd, 2011
7:44 am

“Right Here Waitibng” Does anybody proof read your copy before it goes out?

peter tinkham

July 23rd, 2011
7:53 am

Let me think ….. listen to Robin or Belind (from Boortz)? I think Robin wins out!

willdawg

July 23rd, 2011
9:29 am

Saw Robin at Big and rich concert a couple years ago. She can sing. Just b/c she’s hot and has additional talent people are hateful. To those haters go back to the Tech football pages where you belong!!

Chief Wiggum

July 23rd, 2011
11:20 am

Oh, I’d definitely tap that. She can feel transformed as much as she likes in her five-inch heels as she….well, I’ll just keep that thought private… Seriously, she’s got some killer legs.

Hillbilly D

July 23rd, 2011
11:21 am

Sounds like everything else that comes out of Nashville these days.

Blue Dog

July 23rd, 2011
7:53 pm

What do people SEE in this talentless waste of humanity? She contributes about as much to television as the “Teen Mom” series. What a shame that a pretty face overshadows her total lack of intellect. Maybe she’ll end up on Faux News where she belongs.

Olde Snarkey

July 23rd, 2011
9:51 pm

Robin is a really nice individual and I think she really did a super job with her CD! I am a new morning fan of hers on HLN. Some of you cucumber heads should be so talented. You need to just listen to your rap non music and be happy. I will definitely buy her CD the next time I am in Target and look forward to her second album coming out! Robin, keep up the great work!

jazzyjeff

July 24th, 2011
10:51 am

She shouldn’t be plugging it on the news every few minutes. What a shame!!!

Dethi Nabb

July 24th, 2011
6:25 pm

I think Robin Meade is an awesome person! I wake up every morning at 6 A.M. to watch her news in the morning.

atlpaddy

July 25th, 2011
3:30 pm

Glad to see Robin following in the footsteps of other noted journalists who released a music album. Who can forget Walter Cronkite’s collaboration with the 13th Floor Elevators on his 1969 solo classic “Pudding Christ at Dawn” or the Master P-produced gangsta rap album “Up In My Grillz” by Bob Schieffer?

jericho

July 25th, 2011
4:16 pm

“Talentless waste of humanity,” BlueDog?

I feel a little sorry for lost, miserable souls like you.

Eletta Sias-a.k.a. (Dolly)

July 28th, 2011
1:12 pm

Hi Robin, I write country songs.I would like to
send you some. Can you please email me
a postal address where I can mail them to you.
Thank you-Dolly

Johnnieg

August 5th, 2011
11:30 pm

I’ d say don’t give up her day job , but her temporary replacement is better than she is .
Robin has a HIGH opinion of herself as does VanDillan , who is a pompous ass.