On the eve of her Oct. 12 show at Golden 1 Center, a Sacramento music writer recalls working with Pink in her early days

Pink. Photograph by Andrew McPherson

By Eddie Jorgensen

Back in 1999, I was Pink’s BMG distribution representative and involved with promoting her debut record on Laface / Arista records, “Can’t Take Me Home.”

To help launch it, Pink visited one of the biggest record one-stops, Valley Media in Woodland, where I walked her around the marketing and sales departments. She carried no instruments but, rather, sang acapella versions of songs from her yet-to-be-released collection for anyone who would listen. A handful of employees brushed her off, staying on their phones to take orders from accounts instead of giving her a minute of their time. It was a tough task for the then-20-year-old, but she barreled through it.

Nearly six months later, after her album blew-up on the radio, Pink played a sold-out show at Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa. Upon arriving backstage to say hello to the newly-minted pop star, she immediately said, “Hi Eddie, thanks for coming out” before I could even get a word in. I could not believe that, with her busy tour and record promotion schedule, she still remembered her Sacramento BMG rep.

That is the kind of artist who Pink was and still is today.

From my vantage point, she’s one of the hardest working ladies in the business and brings a magnificent stage-show and band when she tours. The now-44-years-young Alecia Beth Moore Hart, a.k.a. Pink, released “Trustfall,” her ninth studio album, in February. It has already yielded four singles and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200.

Pink visiting the Sacramento area in 1999.

In a recent article in Women’s Health, Pink said of her new album, “I had time, because of a worldwide pandemic, so I went really, really slowly.”

She added of the three-year endeavor, “I was able to take more chances. COVID slowed down life in a ‘what matters’ kind of way for me. Now all I want is to put things in the world that are meaningful and see my kids grow up.”

To date, Pink has sold a whopping 135 million records worldwide and is one of RCA Records’ biggest acts. Additionally, she won numerous accolades, including a couple of Grammy awards and coming in 10th on VH1’s Top 100 Greatest Women In Music.

Pink brings her show to Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center on Thursday, Oct. 12. Grouplove and KidCutUp open the show. Doors for this all-ages show are at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m Visit www.golden1center.com or www.livenation.com for tickets. Golden 1 Center is located at 500 David J Stern Walk in Downtown Sacramento.

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