Jack Ingram had a big week.
The Houston native who got his musical start in Dallas announced he has signed to Nashville-based Rounder Records and will release his first new record in 7 years. Ingram expects to release the record, called Midnight Motel, in June.
Ingram is a true 10-year success story. Despite getting his start in 1995, he didn’t really break into the hearts and minds of the national country audience until 2005, when his single “Wherever You Are” went No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
It was Ingram’s biggest hit, and the first No. 1 song for a fledgling label called Big Machine.
But Ingram hasn’t released a new record since 2009’s Big Dreams & High Hopes, which was also his last album for Big Machine. He’s instead focused his efforts elsewhere, like his nonprofit organization partnership with Matthew McConaughey and coach Mack Brown, called “Mack, Jack, & McConaughey.” He also became the voice and face of San Antonio-based grocery chain HEB.
Rounder Records’ COO Cliff O’Sullivan offered said in a release, “Jack Ingram speaks from his heart, whether on a stage or in the studio. Midnight Motel is a return to the kind of raw songs and performances that made Jack fans from the early days of his career in Ft. Worth and all over Texas before becoming a nationally known artist in the past decade. We’re thrilled to have him join the Rounder Label Group family.”
He plans to play new music at upcoming shows, including shows during South by Southwest in Austin, and will be a part of the Kris Kristofferson tribute concert in Nashville in March.