After Split With Kenny Rogers, Ken Kragen Keeps Country Links

Legendary talent manager Ken Kragen tells country.com he will remain active in country music despite his recent and unexpected firing by long-time client Kenny Rogers. Kragen’s country stable now consists of 3 of Hearts, the RCA Records girl-trio, and singer/actor/songwriter Mark Collie. He reports that 3 of Hearts has secured a high-profile tie-in with Seventeen magazine and made a series deal with Warner Bros. Television. A major announcement about Collie’s future is coming soon, he adds. Unwilling to speculate on why Rogers let him go after 33 ½ years as manager, Kragen remarks, “The only thing I know is that it didn’t occur because I did anything wrong. I mean, we’ve had a really good couple of years.” Until he was dismissed, Kragen served as president of Dreamcatcher Management, a division of Rogers’ label, Dreamcatcher Records. After years off the charts, Rogers launched a triumphant return on Dreamcatcher with the hit singles “The Greatest” and “Buy Me a Rose.” At Dreamcatcher Management, Kragen’s clients included Diamond Rio and Sara Evans. Kragen says he particularly regrets his separation from these two acts but notes that they were signed to Dreamcatcher instead of to his own talent company. In addition to his work for Rogers, Kragen was instrumental in building careers for Lionel Richie, Travis Tritt and Trisha Yearwood.