Capitol Announces EMI Records Nashville

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• March 12, 2010

Angela Lange, VP, Promotion, EMI Records Nashville

Building on its continued success in the country genre, EMI Music’s Capitol Nashville is forming a new imprint. Designed to be a sister label to Capitol Nashville, which includes artists Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban and Emily West, the new imprint, to be called EMI Records Nashville, will be a new home for talent, with a dedicated team to support a new roster of country artists.

The first artist on the new imprint will be singer/songwriter Troy Olsen, whose debut album is slated for release later this year. Olsen, an authentic American cowboy, grew up in rural Arizona as a third generation rancher. The work ethic ingrained in him as a child, along with the influence of his musical idols – Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Bruce Springsteen – have molded him into a truly unique and driven artist.

Olsen has toured with Yoakam and even recorded with Yoakam’s world-class band. He’s an accomplished songwriter having had cuts and hits for multiple country stars including Tim McGraw and Blake Shelton.

Angela Lange, most recently at Capitol Records Nashville as Director, Promotion for the Southeast region, is joining EMI Records Nashville as Vice President of Promotion. An Atlanta native, Lange has been with Capitol Records Nashville for over seven years, beginning in 2002 as West Coast regional promotion until moving to Nashville in 2005. She started her career working in marketing at BMG Distribution in Atlanta and later became West Coast regional promotion rep for Career Records (a division of Arista). In 1998, Lange joined the launch team for Lyric Street Records, serving as their West Coast regional rep.

“Establishing EMI Records Nashville is part of our growth strategy and a way to provide artists a terrific creative home and a top notch, dedicated team to help build their careers,” says Mike Dungan, President and CEO of Capitol Nashville. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have an artist as unique and groundbreaking as Troy christen the roster of EMI Records Nashville. This demonstrates our commitment to and investment in the country genre. Fasten your seatbelt, because we have a lot more in store for fans and our partners in retail and radio.”

“I dreamed of having a record deal from the first time I picked up a guitar,” says Olsen. “To now have that dream come true with the best team in Nashville, and with the legendary significance of EMI, is more than I could have imagined.”

The EMI Records Nashville team, to be announced shortly, will report in Dungan.

(l-r) Standing: Trisha McClanahan, Olsen's manager/McClanahan Management; Scott Safford, Olsen’s lawyer/Safford-Motley; Rusty Gaston, Olsen's manager/THIS Music; Steve Hodges, Capitol Nashville SVP Promotion; Cindy Mabe; Capitol Nashville SVP Marketing; Tom Becci, Capitol Nashville COO. Sitting: Mike Dungan, President and CEO Capitol Nashville; Troy Olsen; and Autumn House Sr. Director of A&R, Capitol Nashville.

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