|Parent company||Sony Music Entertainment|
|Distributor(s)||Sony Music Nashville (US)|
|Country of origin||US|
Arista Nashville is an American record label that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, operated under the Sony Music Nashville division. Founded in 1989, the label specializes in country music artists, including Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The label previously operated three sister labels: Career Records, Arista Austin and Arista Latin. It was formerly a subsidiary of Arista Records, but after the dissolution, it was not affected and remains a Sony Music label.
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Arista Nashville was founded in 1989 by Tim DuBois and Clive Davis. Alan Jackson was the first artist signed to the label. Artists signed to the label within its first five years included Asleep at the Wheel, Exile, Rob Crosby, Steve Wariner, Michelle Wright, Pam Tillis, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Radney Foster, Blackhawk and The Tractors. Brooks & Dunn remained with the label for the entirety of their career.
The label founded Arista Texas in 1993, a sub-label specializing in Texas music artists. In 1997, it was split into Arista Austin, which featured Jeff Black, Robert Earl Keen and Abra Moore, and a Spanish-language label called Arista Latin. Foster also moved to Arista Austin from Arista Nashville in 1997.
In 1995, Arista Nashville founded a sister label called Career Records. Parnell was transferred to this label upon its foundation, while Brett James and Tammy Graham were newly signed to it. All three artists moved back to Arista Nashville when Career Records was disestablished. While Graham and James were dropped from it soon afterward, James re-signed to Arista Nashville between 2002 and 2003.
- Brent Anderson
- Keith Anderson
- Asleep at the Wheel
- Sherrié Austin
- Adam Brand
- Brooks & Dunn
- Ronnie Dunn
- Shannon Brown
- Deana Carter
- Jason Michael Carroll
- Jim Collins
- Kristy Lee Cook
- Rob Crosby
- Clint Daniels
- Linda Davis
- Diamond Rio
- Radney Foster (started on Arista Nashville, moved to Arista Austin)
- Tammy Graham (from Career Records)
- Rebecca Lynn Howard
- Alan Jackson
- Brett James (from Career Records)
- Carolyn Dawn Johnson
- Kristen Kelly
- Scott Long & Company (development deal)
- Dude Mowrey
- Lee Roy Parnell (started on Arista Nashville, moved to Career Records)
- Pam Tillis
- The Tractors
- Ryan Tyler
- Phil Vassar
- Steve Wariner
- Calvin Wiggett
- Michelle Wright
Formerly on Arista Austin
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