Big Machine Records is an independent American record label specializing in country music artists. It was launched in 2005 by former DreamWorks Records executive Scott Borchetta. The label was part of a joint venture between Borchetta and country singer Toby Keith, although Keith dropped his affiliation in 2006. Big Machine is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and is distributed by Republic Records while Universal Music Group distributes its material internationally. The label has seven Grammy Awards, awarded to Taylor Swift.
In November 2007, Big Machine Records founded a subsidiary imprint called Valory Music Group. Acts signed to this roster include Jimmy Wayne, Jewel, The Mavericks, and Justin Moore. By late 2008, the label began promoting Canadian acts Adam Gregory and Emerson Drive, who are also signed to Midas Records. Big Machine ended promotion for the two artists in 2009. Reba McEntire joined Valory in 2009, in association with her own label, Starstruck.
Big Machine joined with Universal Republic Records in June 2009 to found a new label, Republic Records Nashville.
October 2, 2012, it was announced that Big Machine will be releasing all the songs featured in the ABC original series Nashville, including covers and originals performed by the show's cast.