Wrinkled Records originated in a conversation between award-winning Nashville artist/songwriter Sandy Knox and her dad. No stranger to chart-topping songs, Knox co-wrote three consecutive hits for Reba McEntire, including the Grammy-winning “Does He Love You?,” “Why Haven’t I Heard from You?” and the critically acclaimed song about a woman dying of AIDS, “She Thinks His Name was John.” She was a well-known and highly-respected presence on Music Row—serving on industry boards, mentoring young writers and captivating audiences with her live performances backed by a 10-piece band.
After recording her favorite songs her way and looking for an outlet to release the record, Knox then went to her father for his help in setting up the business model for a small record company. He asked her what she was going to call it, and she did what she had done her entire life: thumbed her nose at convention, and thus the idea for Wrinkled Records was born.
In the ensuing decade, Knox moved to Austin, her father passed away, she moved back to Nashville, had a heart attack and was diagnosed with colon cancer. While recuperating and recovering, she found herself wondering, “What next?” About that time, she began running into Katie Gillon, a longtime friend and 25-year veteran of the music business. Over many conversations, they mulled the possibilities. Finally, one night at the bar of their favorite neighborhood restaurant, they decided it was now or never, and over another martini, toasted the rebirth of Wrinkled Records.
Wrinkled Records is an innovative indie record label that strives to create and distribute great music with a heartbeat … providing a creative outlet for a diverse group of independent singers and songwriters. Just as the name suggests, we represent the latest wrinkle in an ever-evolving music business paradigm. Unlike other record labels, we champion the song before the single, art before commerce and unabashed artistic idealism in all its magnificent glory. Wrinkled’s goals are not bound by shareholder interests, music genre or age restrictions. We are committed to artistic development, professional excellence, customer satisfaction, playing fair, community service and enriching lives by creating the best music.
Both our staff and our roster of artists aspire to a work environment that encourages creativity and professional excellence. All of us share the commonly-held belief that through the gift of music, dreams can be realized, hope can be restored and lives can be transformed in a positive way. We are a small record company dedicated less to hierarchy of command and more to upholding standards of behavior that strengthen both the team and the artists we represent…and we like having fun, too. Here at Wrinkled Records, where the work environment is relaxed and comfortable, we have taken a firm stance against ironing!