SAM clients include Dixie Chicks, Anastacia.

Bo Bice, runner-up in the 2005 "American Idol" competition, has signed a management deal with Simon Renshaw's Strategic Artists Management, under the direction of SAM VP Gayle Boulware.

Bice joins other SAM clients including the Dixie Chicks, Clay Aiken, Anastacia, Tears for Fears and Miranda Lambert. He is Boulware's first signing since she left the Firm to join Renshaw, another ex-Firm manager.

Bice's debut album, "The Real Thing," is scheduled for a Dec. 13 release on RCA Records, and his double A-sided single, "Inside Your Heaven/Vehicle," debuted at the top of the Billboard Singles chart earlier this summer.