Two years ago, NBC's The Voice Sundance Head debutted at #1 on Billboard Hot Christian songs chart with "Me and Jesus." Sundance Head is the first to debut at #1 since Jordan Smith's "Mary Did You Know" accomplished the same fleet on January 2 that year. Sundance Head will be releasing a new album on January 25th called Stained Glass and Neon on Dean Dillon's Wildcatter Records.
As a Voice champ, Sundance signed with Republic Records after winning the show. As has been the case with too many other Voice champs - Craig Wayne Boyd and Alisan Porter among them - that label deal wound up being worth squat.
"It was a hip-hop label," Head told The Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks earlier this year. "They didn't know what to do with me."
The 40-year-old from Texas also talked about what fans can expect from his album.
"It's not rock, it's not country, it's not blues," he said. "But I think once this record comes out, people will understand. It's kind of a throwback to when songs meant something.
"It's real music, and we're not trying to compress it and put beats on it. It's a really old-school modern country record. That's my style, man. I'm an old cat. I don't really identify with the country that's currently on the radio."
Dillon is a country songwriter who penned 62 songs cut by George Strait alone, according to the album announcement. He's also written hits for Alabama, Toby Keith and LeeAnn Womack and was eager to work with Sundance.
"I've been in this business all my life, and with the exception of a couple of people, I've never heard anybody sing the way this man does," Dillon said of Sundance. "I think the most amazing thing to me is his vocal range and control. He is extremely special."