Chicago-based indie label, MusicMind Records, has signed a 2-year worldwide distribution and licensing deal with Federal Distribution, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG).

The first releases under the agreement will be Lorenzo Owens' upcoming project, "Better Days: The Encore," due this fall.

"We are very excited to work with Monte and Avery Lipman of Universal Music Group and their brainchild, Federal Distribution via the Fontana company," said Tony Ferguson, head of MusicMind, via a statement.

Future releases include singer/songwriter Michael Spencer's as-yet-untitled debut, set for a 2008 release.