SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records

August 22, 2007 19:33 ET

Lori McKenna's "Unglamorous" Debuts at #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart

Major-Label Debut From Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Also Cracks Top 20 on Top Country Album Chart

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwire - August 22, 2007) - Having already received glowing reviews from critics, "Unglamorous," the major-label debut from singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, has debuted at Number One this week on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, which tracks best-selling titles from new or developing artists.

In addition, "Unglamorous" debuted at Number 19 on the Top Country Album chart, Number 25 on the Top Internet Album chart, Number 26 on the Top Digital Album chart, and Number 109 on the Billboard 200.

Since "Unglamorous" was released on August 14th on Warner Bros. Nashville and Stylesonic Records (the label run by country superstar Tim McGraw and noted Nashville producer Byron Gallimore), critics have raved about the Stoughton, MA-born and bred McKenna, who, in addition to being a singer-songwriter, is also a plumber's wife and stay-at-home mother of five. Traversing familiar domestic territory, "Unglamorous," which was produced by McGraw and Gallimore, "lays bare the realities of small-town life while clinging to the hope of better days," as one reviewer put it.

"What really gets you is the strength of the songwriting," said People Magazine in a lead review, while the New York Times praised McKenna for her "knack for aching melodies and telling details." Entertainment Weekly raved: "the most engaging pop paeans to mature, married love you've ever heard," while USA Today called "Unglamorous" a "winning showcase for McKenna's own achy-sweet, warmly knowing voice." Finally, the Boston Herald wrote: "Modern country music doesn't get much better than this." McKenna appeared on "Good Morning America" the day the album was released, and was recently featured in an eight-minute segment on "Nightline."

McKenna first emerged on New England's vibrant singer-songwriter scene with the independently released "Paper Wings & Halo" (1998), followed by "Pieces of Me" (2001), and "The Kitchen Tapes" (2003). In 2005, she signed to Warner Bros. Nashville, which re-released her 2004 album "Bittertown." She recently completed a stint opening for McGraw and Faith Hill on the couple's hugely successful "Soul2Soul Tour 2007."

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