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The Deals: Jazz Pianist Gerald Clayton Inks With Blue Note, Cash Money Signs Dallas Rapper Fat Yunginn

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Gerald Clayton performs at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City on April 4, 2018.

Pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has signed with Blue Note Records, the company announced Wednesday (March 4). His first release under the label is expected to hit in June.

In a statement, Blue Note president Don Was called Clayton “one of the most accomplished, distinctive and innovative pianists performing today," noting he has recorded and performed with jazz artists including Roy Hargrove and Charles Lloyd. “His solo work is characterized by his imaginative curiosity and harmonic mastery,” Was continued. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Blue Note family.”

Clayton is a four-time Grammy nominee and received an ASCAP Vanguard Award in 2018. The son of bassist and composer John Clayton, he has released a total of four studio albums to date, including Tributary Tales, Two-Shade, Bond and Life Forum. This year, he assumed the role of director of the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.

 


 

On Monday (March 2), Green Hill Productions announced an integrated partnership with pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman on his forthcoming releases. The deal also includes the acquisition of the breadth of Brickman’s publishing and master catalog.

The deal with Brickman is part of Green Hill’s deal with Primary Wave (through Green Hill’s parent company Gaither Music Group) to develop new artists and acquire strategic catalogs of established acts, while also bringing music from Green Hill artists to a wider audience.

Brickman is currently celebrating his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, which will be marked by the release of his forthcoming studio album, 25th Anniversary Greatest Hits. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with Lady Antebellum, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, Olivia Newton-John and Dave Koz and been nominated for two Grammys.

 


 

Dallas rapper Fat Yunginn has signed with Cash Money Records, it was announced Monday (March 2).

"I grew up off Cash Money, I grew up listening to them," said the rapper in a statement. "I ain’t gonna lie I always wanted to be on Cash Money and I always wanted to sign with them…it’s a perfect match."

Fat Yunginn's first release with the label will be the single "Show My Ass" featuring fellow Dallas rapper Yella Beezy. His other tracks include "Fill Up Da Bagg" and "Sack Up."

 


 

Artist-songwriter JULiA LEWiS, aka Benjamin Falik, has been unveiled as the first singing for the joint venture between Atlas Music and Quincy Jones Productions. In a short period of time, Lewis has already worked with G-Eazy, Wiz Khalifa, Ne-Yo, G-Eazy, Scott Storch, Phonte, Cautious Clay, and E-40, among others.

"It absolutely makes my soul smile to welcome JULiA LEWiS to the Atlas x QJP family," said Quincy Jones. "Joining forces with Rich, Scooter and their teams was a dream come true, and we couldn’t be more proud to have JULiA join as our first signing. We look forward to sharing some incredible new music from this talented creator!"

Added CEO/founder, Richard Stumpf, "JULiA LEWiS, with roots in jazz sax and a prowess for contemporary writing is exactly the type of talent the JV with Quincy is going for. We are thrilled to have him as part of the family."

Atlas and QJP announced their joint venture on Sept. 11, 2019. Read more about it here.

 


 

Asylum Records announced the signing of rising South Carolina rapper PG RA on Thursday (March 5). To kick off the union, PG Ra released a Young Chang-directed music video for his new single, "Made It."

"PG RA embodies the authenticity forging its way to the forefront of today's Hip Hop," says Wayne "Wayno" Clark, vp, A&R for Asylum Records. "While he's very young, his unique experiences offer a new insight into what the Carolinas represent. He's creating an exciting, new lane for the next generation of lyricists."