SOURCE: Virgin Records

September 06, 2005 09:00 ET

Heartland Pop-Rocker Hope Partlow Set for Wal-Mart Tour

Month-Long Swing Through Middle America and Video Contest Closely Follow September 6 Album Release

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 6, 2005 -- Virgin recording artist Hope Partlow, whose debut single, "Who We Are," is gathering momentum in pop and adult radio formats, launches a promotional tour of Wal-Mart locations in the Midwest and South in mid-September.

Approximately 15 dates for the Wal-Mart tour are scheduled through early October at this writing, with a September 13th kick-off in Atlanta, following the release of Partlow's "Who We Are" album on September 6th, a major appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on September 9th, and the conclusion of her current opening-act spot on singer/songwriter Jesse McCartney's summer tour. A just-published three-star Rolling Stone album review of "Who We Are" praises its "subtle crossover sound," and Hope's "meaty alto."

The appearances will take place in Wal-Mart parking lots, with co-sponsorship by local radio stations. Both the unpretentious setting and the inclusive message of her single will be underscored by a contest that takes its theme from the song's lyric, "it doesn't matter who we are," in which any fan attending the performances is eligible to win an invitation to appear as an extra in Hope's next music video.

Tennessee-born Partlow scored her Virgin Records contract as a fourteen-year-old who first performed country and gospel songs with her father from the age of five, and grew up working every day on the family farm during her school years. Combining Hope's deep connection with America's classic roots music with her stake in the modern music of her own generation, the open-hearted music on Hope's album was fashioned through intimate collaborations with top-flight songwriters whose diverse credits include Faith Hill, Big & Rich, Stacie Orrico and Semisonic. On the album, "Cold" and "Everywhere But Here" are fiercely sung expressions of a teenager confronting the truth, while the contemplative "Too Late" and "Let Me Try" evince the unfolding of emotions through the living of life. In awarding the album three stars, Rolling Stone termed "Who We Are" "a step in the right direction for pretty young things with big voices and ample ambition."

The "Who We Are" album was produced by Virgin Records Chairman and CEO Matt Serletic, who was so taken by her voice that he signed Hope on his first hearing, and committed to producing the album in entirety -- the first time he had done so for any artist on the label roster. Serletic's track record as a producer includes the current No.1 solo album by Rob Thomas and multi-platinum pop classics by Santana, matchbox twenty, Aerosmith, Celine Dion, and others.

Now seventeen, Hope is a featured "Incubator" artist on Radio Disney, and she's heard weekly singing the theme song on the WB Network comedy series "Living With Fran," starring Fran Drescher.


Tue/Sep 13          Atlanta, GA
Thur/Sep 15         Charleston, WV
Fri/Sep 16          Columbus, OH
Sun/Sep 18          Dayton, OH
Tue/Sep 20          Madison, WI
Thur/Sep 22         Wichita, KS
Fri/Sep 23          Tulsa, OK
Sat/Sep 24          Oklahoma City, OK
Sun/Sept 25         Indianapolis, IN
Wed/Sep 28          Lafayette, LA
Thur/Sep 29         Memphis, TN
Sun/Oct 2           Lancaster, PA
Tue/Oct 4           Wilmington, DE
Thur/Oct 6          Richmond, VA
Fri/Oct 7           Charlotte, NC
Sun/Oct 9           Columbus, GA

Contact Information

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    Patti Conte
    Virgin Records
    (212) 786-8350
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    Samantha Bowman
    Virgin Records
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