With his riding career on hold while he recovers from knee surgery, jockey Shane Sellers is launching his second career--in the country music business. "Matthew, Mark, Luke and Earnhardt," a song that will appear on Sellers' first album is getting major airplay across the country.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal
, Sellers this week signed a contract with the country division of DreamWorks, a record label owned by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
"I'm so star-struck because I'm such a big fan of country music," Sellers told the newspaper. "And I'm sitting here with a record deal. It's unheard of."
Sellers, a 34-year-old Louisville, Ky. Resident who has been singing for five years, said he has not made any decisions on whether he will retire from competitive race riding to pursue his singing/writing career.
"DreamWorks gave me the ball, and I'm going to run as far and as hard with it as I can," he told the newspaper. "I'm gonna put everything I have into it, just like horse racing."
"Matthew, Mark, Luke and Earnhardt" was written more than a year before the race-car driver's death by Randy Boudreaux, Roger A. Wade, and Dennis Knutson. It was chosen as a single months before Earnhardt's death, but its marketability has been enhanced by NASCAR fans' emotional outpouring and the presence of Sellers -- the song features one respected racer singing about another, according to the Courier-Journal
. A Nashville songwriter, Boudreaux is Sellers' manager, producer and friend,
Of his future plans in racing, Seller said: "After 20 years I'm not really missing it. I'm realizing there's a life outside of horse racing. . . . I can ride again, but can I ride as Shane Sellers? If I had to come back and ride in pain, I won't ride again," he said. "If I walk away today, I walk away with my head in the air because I'm proud of what I brought to racing...I've had a great career in horse racing, but I didn't enjoy it -- because of the politics of the business. You're a hero one day and a bum the next. But I wouldn't change it for nothing in the world. Outside of my wife and three kids, it's the best thing that ever happened to me."Full story, Louisville Courier-Journal