MILTON, Ga. — Milton businessman Ron Wallace seems to have a finger in every pie.
The former president of UPS International, Wallace owns the Olde Blind Dog, has produced multiple books, and he recently began Number One Group, a firm that includes publishing and music production.
Wallace’s recent signee, Cherie Oakley, quickly rose to the top of the Spotify country charts when her song, “Work It,” was released Feb. 23.
“I’ve been told by many people experienced with streaming that it is difficult to get into the top-10, and in just a few days the song was in the top-5 and seems to be holding,” Wallace said.
Oakley will bring her new hit and the rest of her stylings to the Atlanta area on March 14. Along with her bandmates, Oakley will perform at the Capitol March 14 for Georgia Production Day.
Oakley signed to what Wallace calls a “360 Contract,” in which the artist receives funding, marketing and added opportunities in exchange for the music, marketing and performance rights.
Number One Group currently holds about 50 of Oakley’s songs in its catalogue, Wallace said, and there are more to come.
Oakley recorded six songs recently and four will be released over the next year. The songs are being produced by Dann Huff who has won multiple Producer of the Year awards from the Country Music Association and who has worked with some of the music industry’s top artists.
An extended play, or EP, record of Oakley’s songs will also be released.
The future is bright for the artist who found a love for performing early in life.
In her youth, Oakley found her passion for music while traveling the country with her evangelist family, and began performing at 5.
After performing throughout the country at churches, fairs and festivals and performing in musical theater and film, Oakley wound up in Nashville and cemented her career.
She was a contestant on the first season the NBC’s “The Voice” and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs as a songwriter with “Turn On the Radio,” performed by Reba McEntire.
The artist has also performed on over 30 television and award shows and four music videos.
For more information on Oakley, visit cherieoakley.com.