Country singer Gary Allan's new album gets label's early push

Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:50pm EST
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - The release of country music singer Gary Allan's new album "Set You Free," this week, his first since undergoing vocal surgery in 2010, was not meant to happen so soon.

But when his record label, MCA Nashville, saw his new song "Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)," race up the charts in September, the label pushed the album's release up two months from March.

"I've been doing this forever and it usually goes the other way," Allan told Reuters. "It's super exciting for me."

Now in its 20th week on Billboard's country chart, "Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)," peaked last week at No. 4 and has been downloaded some 685,000 times, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Allan, 45, who has scored three country chart toppers in his 17-year career, said his latest hit was the right song at the right time for a country politically divided and seemingly down on its luck.

"It's a song about hope," he said. "Sometimes a song really resonates with people and the public because of the timing of its release. This is a time when our country needs hope and I think that's why it's doing so well."

Allan's voice is stronger on the album and he credits surgery he underwent in 2010 to remove a polyp from his vocal cords, which made it difficult for him to sing high notes.

"I don't think I realized it really, but there were a few years where I couldn't hit the falsetto notes on songs like 'Smoke Rings in the Dark.' After the surgery, it was like I was 18 again," he said.   Continued...