EMI Music Publishing U.K. has signed a longtime, worldwide publishing deal to represent Eddy Grant.
The music publishing pact, revealed today, covers his new and future works, plus the veteran reggae singer’s entire catalog, including such hits as “Electric Avenue”, “Gimme Hope Jo’Anna”, “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, “Living On The Frontline” and “Baby Come Back”.
“Eddy has been writing hit songs for well over 40 years, and his music still resonates with people all over the world,” comments EMI Music Publishing U.K. president Guy Moot in a statement.
“He’s an entrepreneur, can still cause controversy and discussion to this day,” Moot continues, “and above all is a true creative spirit whose influence and importance cannot be questioned. We’re really happy to enter this partnership with Eddy, and are looking forward to working with him to introduce his songs to a whole new generation of music fans.”
Grant adds, “It is my sincerest hope that this relationship will set a new trend in the strategic relationship between a major and a small independent publisher.”
The Guyana-born singer and songwriter had a string of hits in the ’60s and early ’70s with pop/reggae act the Equals, securing a U.K. No. 1 with the single “Baby Come Back” in 1968. Grant went out alone as a solo artist in the ’80s, and the hits kept coming. None were bigger than the U.K. chart-topper “I Don’t Wanna Dance” from 1982, which he followed up the next year with “Electric Avenue,” peaking at No. 2.
Grant recently hit the road for his first tour of the U.K. in 20 years, a stretch which included appearances at Glastonbury Festival and Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration last month in Hyde Park.
His hits set “The Very Best Of — Road to Reparation” (Mercury/UMTV) is currently No. 22 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart after four weeks.