Nashville-based publishing and production company Moraine Music Group is expanding its artist-development division to include a new country label, Moraine Records.

Nashville-based publishing and production company Moraine Music Group is expanding its artist-development division to include a new country label, Moraine Records.

Moraine was founded by Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Brent Maher. He has produced records for the Judds, Kenny Rogers, Jo Dee Messina, Shelby Lynne and others. Veteran record promoter Stan Byrd is the company's VP of promotion. He previously worked for Warner Bros. and Asylum Records.

The label's first two signings are writer/artists Jenai and Sean Locke. Label executives plan to forge individual distribution deals for each artist. Locke's first single, "Don't Look Away," has already been sent to secondary market radio stations.

The company's boutique publishing division is home to writer/artists Kevin Welch, Kieran Kane, Billy Montana, Mark Selby, and Keni Thomas as well as Jenai and Locke. The company's songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, Garth Brooks, the Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evans and others.