Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart signed a long-term worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music Group yesterday (June 27).
The multi-album deal sees the iconic artist working with Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter, and Verve Music Group Chariman David Forster to record his first Christmas album, due out this fall. The album, which features Stewart singing holiday classics, also boasts duets with a handful of notable vocalists, who haven't been named yet.
"I've known Rod and Arnold [Stiefel] for many years and have been wanting to work for them for some time," said chairman and chief executive officer of Universal, Lucian Grainge, of Stewart and his manager. "Road possesses one of pop music's most inventive and memorable voices, and we're deleted to be part of the next chapter in his already storied career."
"UMG remains committed to artistic creativity and expanding opportunities for artists in the marketplace," continued Grainge. "And nowhere is this more evident than in our new partnership with an artist of Rod's caliber."
Stiefel called the new partnership "a match made in heaven," saying "Rod's writing spirit has been rekindled and Universal is the perfect keeper of the flame."
"I'm confident that by partnering with my fellow CBE (Commander of The British Empire), Lucian, and his cracking, top-notch company, we have the best team in the business. And the chance to work again with David Foster makes it that much sweeter."
Stewart will team up with Stevie Nicks for their "Heart & Soul" tour in July and will release his first memoir this fall.