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    Katie Armiger to Launch 24-City Summer Concert Tour at Simon Property Group Malls Across the Nation

    Rising Country Artist Katie Armiger to Launch 24-City Summer Concert Tour at Simon Property Group Malls Across the Nation
    May 28, 2009 8:30:00 AM

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    View Additional ProfilesSeventeen-year-old Singer/Songwriter to Showcase Her Critically Acclaimed Second Album "Believe" on Her First National Tour with The Simon dTOUR -Country Music Tour

    INDIANAPOLIS, May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For music fans, the summer's next sensation could be as close as the neighborhood mall as Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG), Great American Country (GAC) Television, F.Y.E., and Cold River Records today announced Katie Armiger will headline her first tour making stops in 24 cities at Simon malls nationwide June 23rd through August 16th. The tour, sponsored by GAC and F.Y.E., will have Katie performing at Simon malls in major cities including Houston, San Diego, Denver, Orlando, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

    As an extension of the Simon dTOUR Live series, the young Houston native will perform 45-minute sets, featuring a voice that is well beyond her years and has earned her acclaim as a rising country artist. After each show, Katie will sign autographs and accompany one lucky concert-goer on an unforgettable shopping spree, courtesy of Simon malls and Buckle, provider of the official tour wardrobe.

    Rarely do you hear of a young artist whose vocal ability and talent is compared to the likes of seasoned country artists like Sara Evans and Martina McBride but Katie Armiger, who burst onto the country music scene last year with her debut album, has done just that. Now one year and two albums later, Katie is set to hit the road on her first headlining national tour in support of her critically acclaimed second album Believe on the Simon dTOUR-Country Music Tour.

    "I am so excited to have the opportunity to go on my first headlining tour and partner with Simon, GAC, and F.Y.E.," said Katie. "It's going to be such an amazing experience to get my music out there and perform in malls across the country this summer. I cannot wait."

    Katie, who has taken the country music world by storm, is ready to take on Simon malls nationwide this summer. She has set several records for the highest chart numbers ever seen by an independent female artist on R&R and Music Row. Katie also recorded one of the highest download weeks ever seen by a country Discovery Artist on iTunes. She has been featured in numerous publications as an artist to watch including People Magazine, Country Weekly, The Tennessean, Cosmo Girl,, AOL's The Boot, the Houston Chronicle, and Katie launched a wildly successful web series with entitled Kapturing Katie, following her life leading up to the release of her second album Believe. Due to the success of the web series GAC teamed up with her for their most successful nationwide sweepstakes "Kapturing a Love Song with Katie Armiger" where a lucky winner got to write and record a song with Katie. The single, "I Guess That's Love," written by Katie, country music group Love and Theft, and the sweepstakes winner Stephen Shumacher, is available now on iTunes. To the relief of all those that support Katie she has shown no signs of slowing down and will now be coming to a mall near you.

    "We're excited about the opportunity to work with Katie and Cold River Records," said Cathi Weiner, senior vice president at Simon Brand Ventures, the company's business-to-consumer division. "Katie's music embodies the spirit so familiar to our 'tween' and teen shoppers, and we think her presence on our Simon dTOUR

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