By KEVIN BOWDEN
Union City native Russell Dickerson’s musical career is beginning to take off with the launch of a catchy new single entitled “Green Light.” The single is a follow-up to his first country music album.
Dickerson’s album, “Die to Live Again,” was released in 2010 and contains seven songs, including the title track and tunes with such interesting names as “Something Good,” “Better Off Lovers,” “Driving in the Rain” and “0 to 60.”
Dickerson’s latest single, titled “Green Light,” can be found on iTunes, Sirius XM Radio’s The Highway and on YouTube. Judging by the response, it’s destined to be a hit.
“Love that this song is finally a single,” one person posted. “I love it” and “Heard this song for the first time today on The Highway XM. Love it” others posted on YouTube.
The single was picked up by Sirius XM’s The Highway, which features songs by up and coming artists like Dickerson. The station will play “Green Light” for six weeks and will track the reaction to the song to determine its future on the airwaves.
“The response so far has been really, really good,” Dickerson told The Messenger Thursday.
The song has been on XM Radio’s The Highway for a week now and so far Dickerson said he is very pleased with the response.
“It’s more than we expected,” he said, adding that iTunes sales of the song are “above target.”
To help Dickerson’s career, fans can buy the song off iTunes and can also post reviews of the song on Sirius XM’s The Highway Facebook page, which can be found at Facebook.com/onthehighway.
Dickerson is the son of Richard and Carol Dickerson, formerly of Union City. Richard Dickerson was the minister of music at First Baptist Church in Union City from 1983 to 1997 and now is the minister of music and minister of worship at Woodmont Baptist Church in Nashville.
Russell Dickerson was a student in the Union City School System through the fourth grade. Then the Dickersons moved to Franklin and in 2005 Russell Dickerson graduated from Centennial High School in Nashville. He graduated from Belmont University with a degree in commercial voice in August 2010.
While still a senior at Belmont University, Russell Dickerson signed a contract with Combustion Music. His four-year contract covers his work as a writer and an artist.
Russell Dickerson’s professional career as a performer got a major boost several years ago when he was invited to go on tour with Christian artist Chris Tomlin. That 18-month adventure had him traveling across the country and throughout Europe as a band technician for Tomlin’s How Great Is Our God Tour.
Now, Russell Dickerson is focused on making his own mark on the country music scene.
He has toured as the opening act for such country music stars as Kellie Pickler, Billy Currington, Montgomery Gentry, Gloriana, Kip Moore and David Nail.
His new album, “Die to Live Again,” was actually released by his management company, Dennis Entertainment, and he is on the roster of country music stars handled by CAA Touring.
“That’s why doors are opening for him,” Richard Dickerson said about his son.
He added that Russell Dickerson had worked a variety of jobs to support his country music career, but now he has a “real job” and is “basically working every day as an artist and a songwriter.”
Richard Dickerson said his son doesn’t have a record deal yet, but “there are some things in the works. There are several record labels that are interested.”
“He is very pumped up about it,” Richard Dickerson said about his son’s song, “Green Light,” being featured on Sirius XM’s The Highway. He explained that the country music industry is very difficult to break in to for an artist.
Russell Dickerson appears to be paying his dues though.
In one recent two-week stretch, he performed at shows in Carbondale, Ill., and Chicago and Rochester, Minn. He also performed this past fall at more than 20 college campuses up and down the East Coast, according to Richard Dickerson.
“There are some weeks he will perform three or four shows a week,” he said.
“I’ve been doing shows at colleges from Minnesota to Central Florida,” Russell Dickerson said.
He said he just performed at a sold out show in Chicago and his goal is to continue touring and try to secure a record label.
“Right now, things are going really well,” Russell Dickerson said.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.14.12