U.K. independent Cooking Vinyl has signed Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh of Scottish pop-rock outfit Deacon Blue. They are currently finishing their as-yet-untitled album, which was recorded in Los Angeles and is slated for release in September 2009.
"Ricky and Lorraine have created a wonderfully crafted album of songs and the Cooking Vinyl group are confident that we have a body of work that will not only excite the dedicated fanbase, but will also broaden the artists' appeal outside of their domestic market," said Joe Cokell, director of business development at Cooking Vinyl, in a statement.
Deacon Blue found success in the U.K. during the '80s and '90s, clocking up three top 10 and four top 20 singles. Four of the band's studio albums reached top 5 positions, with "When The World Knows Your Name" topping the chart in 1989. The 1994 greatest hits collection "Our Town" also went to No. 1.
In recent years, Ross has worked primarily as a songwriter, penning tunes for James Blunt, Ronan Keating and "Pop Idol" runner-up Gareth Gates. He also presents a country music show, "Another Country," on BBC Radio Scotland.
McIntosh has appeared in several films and TV shows including Ken Loach's "My Name Is Joe" as well Scottish TV crime series "Taggart" and the forthcoming BBC One drama "Hope Springs."