The X-Factor season 2 winner Tate Stevens has officially inked his $5 million recording contract with RCA Records Nashville. The cowboy, who never placed lower than the top 2 on the show's previous season, sat down with Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO Gary Overton, VP A&R Jim Catino, and Ken Levitan and Michelle Owens of Vector Management to iron out the contract's specific details. Those are kept under tight wraps, of course.
Quickly following his win in December, Stevens relocated to Nashville to begin hammering out his debut record. Studio sessions began on Jan. 9, as evidenced by an announcement on his Twitter account. "Today I start recording an album," he exclaimed. "This is a day I will never forget. Because of you, my dreams become real today!"
He later tweeted:
"Working hard in the studio! Off to bed, going at it tomorrow again.. This is awesome! I can't thank you enough for this chance!"
In an interview with USA Today, Stevens expressed his shock at actually winning the jackpot on the hit TV show. "It's amazing. It feels great. I'm still trying to take it in," he gushes, smiling from ear to ear. "It was so intense the last few minutes of the show, I wanted to throw up. It was terrible. They called my name and it was huge. I'm very blessed. God is great." On his debut album, he plans to include some "very fun tracks." He continues:
"I'm going to dance with the one that got me here. It's going to be country. It's going to be a lot of fun. I'm going to put some very fun tracks on there. I'm sure I'll do some old, tug-at-your-heart country ballads. I'm excited."
At the current rate, fans could probably expect his debut album to hit shelves sometime in May or June, as speculation allows.