Sugar Ray Signs to BMG For First New Album In a Decade
Once again, Sugar Ray just want to fly.
Sugar Ray “just want to fly” again. The California rockers behind that memorable 1997 hit are back, with a freshly-inked record deal and upcoming album in tow.
The band has officially signed to BMG to release a seventh studio album this summer — their first new material in a decade. The news coincides with the 25th anniversary of the band, led by co-founding members Mark McGrath and Rodney Sheppard.
“We are honored and so grateful to be signing with our second major label 25 years after we signed with our first,” says McGrath. “We look forward to working with BMG — a company designed for the future. This is truly a modern-day musical partnership!”
Since forming in 1994, and releasing their debut album Lemonade and Brownies a year later, Sugar Ray has sold more than eight million albums around the world. The band topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart twice: First with the reggae-infused “Fly,” off their 1997 breakthrough album Floored, and then with “Every Morning” in 1999.
The band previously took a break in 2004 before regrouping in 2009 for their last LP, Music for Cougars.
“BMG is thrilled to be the new label home of Sugar Ray,” says John Loeffler, BMG executive vp, repertoire and marketing, New York. “The band are once again delivering the soundtrack to the summer and we look forward to sharing it with fans around the world.”