Stroudavarious Records owner James Stroud has announced the launch of Emrose Records, a new imprint formed with Washington-based investor Tom Natelli. Emrose will be based in Nashville and Stroudavarious Records will manage all aspects of the label’s promotion, sales and marketing efforts.
Nashville-based country singer and songwriter Margaret Durante is the first artist signed to the label. Durante’s new single, “Mississippi’s Crying,” will ship to radio later this month. Her debut album, co-produced by Stroud and Stephony Smith, is scheduled for release late this year.
“James Stroud has been an invaluable resource to us for the past three years as Margaret has honed her singing and songwriting skills,” says Natelli. “I couldn’t be more pleased to formalize our relationship with James and his team by forming Emrose Records. It’s a fabulous fit for all of us, and we’re excited to be working with a successful team of industry veterans that understands the evolving world of country music.”
“Tom Natelli is one of the brightest business minds I’ve ever encountered,” comments Stroud. “His vision and track record of success in adapting to a changing business climate make him a perfect partner for Stroudavarious Records. Margaret Durante is as gifted a young singer and writer as I’ve seen in a long time. We couldn’t be launching Emrose with a better artist.”
Promotion duties for Durante’s “Mississippi’s Crying” are being handled by Nine North. Emrose Records will be distributed through Stroudavarious Records’ existing agreement with RED Distribution. Durante is managed by Tony Conway of Ontourage Management.