Peak Records has entered into a new alliance with eOne Music. Under terms of the pact, eOne will provide marketing and distribution for the Los Angeles-based contemporary jazz/urban AC/pop label. Peak most recently spent 10 years with the Concord Music Group.
Christening the companies' new partnership is urban/contemporary jazz saxophonist Paul Taylor's forthcoming album "Prime Time," to be released on June 14. That release will be followed later in the year by the album debut of jazz/pop group Magnolia Memoir. Slated for 2012: albums from contemporary jazz guitarist/vocalist Steve Oliver and jazz ensemble the Rippingtons, celebrating the group's 25th anniversary.
"I have long admired the work of Andi Howard and Peak Records," said Chuck Mitchell, eOne's VP of jazz, classical and adult music. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to help enhance the brand."
Peak president Andi Howard added, "I wasn't sure I was going to start the label back up. But what eOne is doing in terms of crossing over acts and building brands appealed to me for Peak's next incarnation. Times are changing so you have to be creative, and eOne is."
Howard and Rippingtons leader Russ Freeman established Peak Records in 1994 as a joint venture with GRP Records. The label began its association with Windham Hill/BMG Records in 1997, launching a contemporary jazz/urban AC division. Three years later, Peak began its tenure with Concord. Over the years, the Peak roster has included such acts as Will Downing, All-4-One, Gerald Albright and Lee Ritenour. Howard also helms the management company Andi Howard Entertainment. In addition to Taylor, All-4-One, the Rippingtons and Magnolia Memoir, its clients include Eric Marienthal and others.