Century Music Group signs Steff Mahan

March 7, 2013

Art Ward, Steff Mahan and Jamie Tate

Century Music Group (CMG) is pleased to announce the signing of singer-songwriter, Steff Mahan.

Mahan admits that she sees herself as a songwriter first and an artist second. “When I came to Nashville, I wanted to write hit songs for major artists,” says Mahan. “Performing live and releasing records was just my way of getting my songs heard.”

And heard, they were! Mahan’s entertaining and often introspective Americana mix of rock, roots, folk and country has generated three albums, two Nashville publishing deals and several international songwriting awards.

Yet there is something about Mahan on stage singing her own songs that is both captivating and exhilarating, inspiring Billboard Magazine to proclaim her “An entertaining, can’t miss performance.”

As an artist, Mahan performs approximately 200 dates a year across the country from large venues to small intimate house concerts. And it is Mahan’s successful independent career that piqued the interest of CMG co-founders, Art Ward and Jamie Tate.

Ward and Tate felt Mahan was a must-have when considering who they would sign to their new record label. “Signing Steff was a no-brainer. She is the real deal,” says Ward. “She is the perfect blend of experience and talent that we were looking for as our anchor artist for CMG. Her dedicated and supportive fan base speaks volumes about who she is as an artist and person.”

CMG is looking to steer Mahan’s career in a direction that brings out more of the artist in her. “Steff has been so in-grained in the Nashville songwriter way of thinking, where she has written for other people in mind and performed songs live and on her recordings that were more like a display of her writing talent. We want to encourage Steff to write more for herself and let her audiences experience even more of who Steff Mahan is than ever before,” says Ward.

“I feel like I have found the right fit with CMG,” says Mahan. “I am really excited to get in the studio with these guys, challenge myself as an artist and bring something to my fans that is different, fresh and makes their ears tingle.”

Look for Steff Mahan’s fourth and most anticipated release due mid-2013.

Century Music Group signs Matt Marinchick

March 5, 2013

Art Ward, Matt Marinchick and Jamie Tate

Century Music Group (CMG) is excited to announce the signing of Country music artist, Matt Marinchick.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this label,” says Marinchick. “I’m excited for my future and can’t wait to get in the studio with my songs!”

Marinchick’s style of Country music pulls from the roots of the traditional and blends with the energy of the modern. Primarily performing self-penned compositions, Marinchick says, “I try to find the bright side of things. There’s a lot of hope in my songs.”

A native of Ohio, Marinchick moved to Nashville in the summer of 2011 to pursue a Country music career. Upon arrival, Marinchick recorded his self-titled debut album, which set his music career in motion. This album enabled him to line up gigs at prominent venues across the region and co-writing sessions with some of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters.

The experience and practice of regularly performing on stage began to bring Marinchick high praise and recognition, which eventually grabbed the attention of CMG label co-founders, Jamie Tate and Art Ward. “Matt is the whole package,” says Ward. “…a talented singer, a strong songwriter, a skilled musician, an eager, hard working over-achiever, and a real go-getter. You can’t go wrong with an artist like that.”

Marinchick learned early on that hard work and dedication pave the road to success in life. At 6’10″, he earned a 4 year, full basketball scholarship to Ohio State University and then moved on to play 6 successful seasons professionally in Europe including time in the Bundesliga, the highest level league of professional club basketball in Germany.

Expect Matt Marinchick’s new album with Century Music Group to be released 2014.

CMG and The Rukkus Room Form New Record Label

March 4, 2013

Jamie Tate and Art Ward

Nashville based music businesses Century Music Group (CMG) and The Rukkus Room Recording Studios have joined forces to create a new Nashville based record label with music publishing and artist management divisions.

Art Ward of CMG and Jamie Tate of The Rukkus Room co-founded the venture at the beginning of 2013. The label will retain the Century Music Group name and share office space at The Rukkus Room studios located in the Berry Hill area of Nashville.

While The Rukkus Room remains one of Nashville’s busiest studios, Tate wanted to step beyond his typical role as a mix engineer and producer. “I work with such talented people every day at the studio, but so many of them were going unheard and unnoticed. We want to give those artists the exposure they deserve,” says Tate.

Century Music Group has handled day-to-day career administration, marketing, promotion and management for music artists world-wide since 2000. “Becoming a record label was an obvious transition for us,” says Ward. “CMG handled everything you would expect a label to handle for an artist, without actually being a label. We felt it was time to make that transition.”

CMG, the record label, will concentrate on signing creative music artists that may or may not fit the typical Nashville mold. “We have a lot of flexibility in who we sign and why,” says Ward. “I don’t think we are going to be specific in genre or stick to any classification right now. Some artists are happy remaining independent, while other artists want to get a major record deal. We want to work with both types of artists and help them realize their full potential.”

The new partnership between Ward and Tate was an easy choice and one based on familiarity and a desire to continue to move forward in their careers. The two met while attending Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) as part of the Recording Industry Management program in 1990 where they became fast friends and collaborated on many school related projects.

A Grammy and Emmy award-winning recording engineer, mixer and producer, Jamie Tate began his engineering/producing career working at several Nashville studios and eventually opened The Rukkus Room in 2004, a multi-room recording and mixing facility in Nashville. He has worked on a number of popular recordings including dozens of hit records and chart topping songs, making him a highly sought-after mixing engineer and producer. His credits include working with such artists as Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Justin Moore, Marty Stuart, Billy Bob Thornton and Brooks & Dunn and labels including Big Machine Records, Universal Records and Sony Records. Tate is also an accomplished musician, playing drums on several recordings that he has produced over the years.

Art Ward has worked both on the creative and business sides of the industry. He has worked on the major and independent label level in Nashville, as well as various other positions in publishing, management, booking, promotions and radio. Ward studied music (Jazz) at Indiana University, Bloomington before transferring to MTSU. He kept his creative skills intact by producing hundreds of projects in Nashville for various artists and playing bass as a Nashville session player and live performer. “I have always had that dual mentality thing going on where I could always cross the lines between business and creativity,” says Ward.

The commonalities that Ward and Tate share creatively means the two will mutually agree on every artist the label signs, they will co-produce all CMG releases for the foreseeable future and be directly involved in the creation of video and multimedia content.

Ward and Tate bring experience and know-how that separates CMG from other non-major labels. Tate’s ability to craft world-class recordings coupled with Ward’s extensive background in marketing, promotions and publicity is truly unique for a label of this size and is of major label quality.

However, CMG does not expect to compete directly with major labels. Ward says, “Our unique grass roots, direct-to-the-fan approach to marketing our artists and selling product allows us to leverage strategies, campaigns and third-party services that were not possible or didn’t exist ten years ago. We call it ‘Record Label 2.0′.”

CMG does intend on utilizing traditional radio and print campaigns, but will also explore newer, more creative and unique ways than typically associated with promoting artists today.

At a time when the music industry is reinventing itself, Ward and Tate have found a mutual passion for creativity and a desire for excellence. Their combined career experience and vast industry knowledge has yielded the inspiration and confidence to steer CMG in a new and rewarding direction.

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