Signed: Tori Kelly to Epic Records; Dove Cameron & Nate Smith to WME
Other artist signings this week: Bettye LaVette to Jay-Vee, Chance Peña to ONErpm and more.
This is Signed, a new biweekly column that rounds up artist signings at labels, agencies, management companies and more.
Two-time Grammy winner Tori Kelly signed with Epic Records, which will release her latest single, “missin u,” on Friday (March 17) with an album to follow. She’s managed by SB Projects.
Singer-actor Dove Cameron (“Boyfriend”) signed with WME in all areas. She’s signed to Columbia Records and represented by LBI Entertainment, attorney Patti C. Felker and Sunshine Sachs Morgan & Lylis.
Country singer-songwriter Nate Smith (“Whiskey on You”) signed with WME for global representation in all areas. He’ll be represented by Joey Lee, Sloane Cavitt Logue and Braeden Rountree at the agency. He’s signed to Sony Music Nashville and managed by Kevin “Chief” Zaruk and Simon Tikhman at The Core Entertainment.
Bettye LaVette signed with Steve Jordan and Meegan Voss‘ Jay-Vee Records, which is distributed by MRI Entertainment. Jordan produced two previous albums for LaVette, 2018’s Things Have Changed and 2020’s Blackbirds. She’s represented by manager Kevin Kiley; agents Seth Rappaport and Steve Martin at Paladin Artists (North America) and Neil O’Brien of Neil O’Brien Entertainment (international); and publicist Carla Parisi at Kid Logic.
ONErpm signed singer-songwriter Chance Peña, who got started as a contestant on The Voice in 2015. He’s currently working on a new EP to follow up 2019’s project anxiety & mixed emotions and 2020’s The Inevitable. He’s managed by Liz Baylog at Bread City and Lynn Grossman at Secret Road.
Universal Music Group Nashville teamed with Universal Music Canada to sign country singer Josh Ross (“First Taste of Gone”). He’s represented by managers Chief Zaruk and Simon Tikhman at The Core Entertainment, booking agent Adi Sharma at The Neal Agency and publicist Jodi Dawes at UMG Nashville.
Country singer-songwriter Ella Langley (“If You Have To,” “Damn You,” “Country Boy’s Dream Girl”) signed with Columbia Records/Sony Music Nashville. In January, Langley was named to Spotify’s list of Hot Country Artists to Watch.
Toronto rock band Half Moon Run signed with BMG, which will release the group’s fourth studio album. Previous album releases for the band — a two-time winner of adult alternative album of the year at the Junos — include 2013’s Dark Eyes, 2015’s Sun Leads Me On and 2019’s A Blemish in the Great Light. The group is managed by Mathieu Drouin and Marie-Eve Carriere; their label representative at BMG is Steve Nightingale.
Texas-based band Pecos & The Rooftops (“This Damn Song”) signed to Warner Records, which released their latest single, “5AM,” in the leadup to their forthcoming album. The group is represented by managers Chase Cooper and Jeb Hurt at Floating Leaf Entertainment, booking agent Chad Kudelka at CAA and A&R Miles Gersh.
South Africa-born, Canada-raised rapper ARDN signed to Capitol Records, which will release his major label debut single, “Plain Jane” and forthcoming EP, The Bronze Age. ARDN gained notice when a snippet of his song, “Til the Morning,” went viral on TikTok last year.
Los Angeles duo SkyeChristy signed to Warner Records, which released their new single “Beach Zombies.” They’re represented by manager Jesse Beer at The MGMT Company and Bex Majors at Sound Talent Group.
Milk & Honey signed singer-songwriter-producer JHart, production duo The Elements and songwriter-producer-composer Alexis Kesselman, who performs under the name Idarose. The company will manage all aspects of their music careers, including artist projects. JHart will be managed by Lucas Keller, Nic Warner and Danny Herrle; The Elements will be managed by Ant Hippsley, Keller, Warner and Justin Frazier; and Kesselman will be managed by Keller, Warner and Frazier.
Minneapolis indie-rock trio Yam Haus signed to Big Loud Rock, the new alternative/rock imprint of Big Loud Records. The label released the trio’s latest single, “Rafters.” The group is represented by managers Deborah Wilson and Doug Wilson at Wilspro and agent Sara Schlievert at Paladin Artists.
Pittsburgh-based rock and blues group Ghost Hounds signed to Gibson Records, which will release the band’s fourth studio album on June 29 in partnership with distributor Firebird Label Services. It will mark the second album release from the recently-formed Gibson Records following Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators’ album, 4, last year.
Drummer-producer-emcee Kassa Overall signed to Warp Records, which will release his new single “Ready To Ball.” He previously released two studio albums, 2019’s Go Get Ice Cream and Listen to Jazz and 2020’s I Think I’m Good. He’s represented by Kelly Deasy at Outer/Most Agency (United States) and Naomi Palmer at Earth Agency (Europe); his publicist contact at Warp is Linda Valenziano.
Los Angeles-based “grit-pop” duo ill peach signed to Hardly Art, which released their new single, “Heavyweight,” on Feb. 28. Ill peach is managed by Chris Mcilvenny and Nic Damasio at Tap Management.
Country artist Kirk Jay signed to Yung Bleu’s label Moonboy University, which is distributed by EMPIRE. Jay was a finalist on The Voice in 2018.
Philadelphia rapper Sheedts signed to Great Day Records, the label launched in January by Barolilne Diaz in partnership with Todd Moscowitz‘s Santa Anna and Alamo Records. The news coincided with the release of a video for “Rockin’ & Rollin’,” a track off Sheedts’ 2022 album 5ive. He’s managed by Rahee “Heezy” Ellis.
Singer-songwriter and American Idol alum Harper Grace signed with Curb Records, WME and Jonas Group Entertainment. Her first original song is set to drop on Friday (March 17).
Arthur Moon, Cale Hawkins and Raia Was have joined together to form Switch Hit Records, described as a “musicians-run cooperative record label committed to giving artists 100% of the profits from their work” that’s comprised of “a collective of multihyphenate artists: producers, instrumentalists, composers, musical directors and business owners.” Moon, Hawkins and Was have all released singles through the label, while full-length albums from all three are expected for release later this year.