Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo Signs With Verve Records: Exclusive

David Dickenson
Cynthia Erivo and President & CEO Verve Label Group Danny Bennett, at the Verve offices.

Cynthia Erivo has signed to Verve Records with plans to enter the studio in 2019 to record a new album.

Erivo, the Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning singer and actress, is best known for her role as Celie in The Color Purple, for which she won the Tony for best actress in a musical in 2016.

She is currently starring in both Widows, opposite Viola Davis, and Bad Times at the El Royale, co-starring with Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth.

“Cynthia Erivo has a voice like no other, and we are proud to have her join the pantheon of Verve’s greatest vocalists including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone,” said Danny Bennett, president & CEO of Verve Label Group, in a statement. “Clearly, Cynthia has proven she is an artistic talent that is capable of accomplishing anything she puts her mind to, and we look forward to joining her on this creative journey. ”  In addition to Verve Records, Universal Music Group’s Verve Label Group includes Verve Forecast, Impulse!, Decca and other imprints. 

“I am thrilled to be part of a label that has housed some of the greatest voices of our time,” Erivo said. “ I cannot wait to begin this journey!”

In addition to logging time in the recording studio in 2019, Erivo will be seen starring alongside Daisy Ridley and David Oyelowo in the sci-fi thriller Chaos Walking, from director Doug Liman. She also recently wrapped production on John Ridley’s Needle in a Timestack, where she will star alongside Orlando Bloom, Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr., as well as  Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet, about Harriet Tubman. 

Erivo is also an accomplished songwriter, having written the song "Fly Before You Fall" for 2014’s Beyond the Lights.

She joins a roster that includes Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, J.S. Ondara, Jon Batiste, Tank and the Bangas, Yuna, Blake Mills, Shabaka Hutchings, Madison Cunningham, Max Richter, Daniil Trifonov and Lang Lang.