UMGN Inks Josh Kelley

Musician jkJosh Kelley is working on a country project through his new deal with Universal Music Group Nashville. Kelley signed with the label in September and is currently in the studio recording an album slated for release in 2010.

Formerly a pop/rock artist, Kelley is a one-time Music City resident who has returned to Nashville. He was previously signed to Hollywood Records and has five studio albums to his credit.

On the family front, the Georgia native is married to actress Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, 27 Dresses, Knocked Up) and is brother to Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.

“I could not be more excited about adding Josh to our UMG family,” says UMG Nashville’s VP A&R Brian Wright. “The creativity in his lyrics and passion to be the best artist he can be is second to none. Josh is an artist who sings from his soul and it makes you listen to every word of every song. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to hear this record.”

“Universal is a perfect home for me and my music,” agrees Josh. “They have an awesome track record of allowing artists to be who they really are, and have already been so supportive of my new music. I’m stoked to be part of such a talented group of artists and staff.”

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