First release will be in stores Oct. 17.
Superstar Tim McGraw’s long-rumored imprint is finally coming to market. McGraw and mega-producer Byron Gallimore have formed StyleSonic Records.
StyleSonic's first release will be the soundtrack to the motion picture “Flicka,” in which McGraw has a starring role. The soundtrack, a partnership with Fox 2000 and Curb Records, will be in stores Oct. 17—three days before the theatrical release of the movie on Oct. 20.
“This is a dream Byron and I have had for a long time,” McGraw said in a prepared statement. “We were excited to be asked to work on the soundtrack and we also have several new artists that we are in the studio working on."
Among others, Gallimore has produced projects for McGraw, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, John Michael Montgomery, Sugarland and Phil Vassar. Gallimore and McGraw first began discovering and producing outside music together in 1996, when they joined efforts on JoDee Messina’s self-titled debut album. They also co-produced her 1998 release, “I’m Alright.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Tim, finding some great new artists and making records together,” Gallimore said. “It’s an amazing time in our careers and this new label creates an outlet for the artists we want to work with.”
“I really like to produce records,” McGraw added. “I’ve had the privilege of working with some great producers that have taught me a lot about making records. Byron is so good at what he does and I think I bring an artist’s viewpoint into the control room.”
The “Flicka” album includes a wide variety of tracks, ranging from the Donovan classic “Catch the Wind,” to current tracks from Natasha Bedingfield, Gemma Hayes, Chantal Kreviazuk, Becki Ryan and John Paul White. It also includes new music from the Warren Brothers, Holly Williams, Catherine Raney and McGraw’s band, the Dancehall Doctors. McGraw’s current single, “My Little Girl,” is also on the soundtrack.
The soundtrack will be distributed through the WEA distribution system. (Curb Records, the label to which McGraw is signed, is also distributed through WEA.)
As for future releases, "there is no exclusive distribution deal in place, but they have been approached by several companies to explore such an arrangement," McGraw's manager Scott Siman tells Billboard.biz.