Better Angels Music Group has added artist/songwriter Gary Ray as Director, Artist Relations. In his new role, Ray will be responsible for artist development, liason and overseeing the day-to-day running of the company’s Nashville office. He will report to Better Angels CEO, Rob Rappaport.
“Gary brings a great fresh energy to the Better Angels team, tempered with a strong dose of the reality of the road,” says Rappaport. “Ray has been a touring musician and studio owner.”
Better Angels Music is hitting the ground running with the David Adam Byrnes single “Sweet Distraction,” which debuted at No. 73 on the CountryBreakout charts. After six weeks, the single sits at No. 33. Clear Channel’s iheartradio held the single at No. 1 for a week as of September 7. Byrnes’ album is set for release on November 2.
Better Angels is also set to release The Longing, the latest album from Jason White. Singer/songwriter White is best known for writing “Red Ragtop” (Tim McGraw). Within the last year he has written songs recorded by Russell Hitchcock, Swan Dive & Eric Wilson.
The long-awaited album from Air Supply lead singer, Russell Hitchcock, will be released on the Better Angels label in late fall 2010. The album, titled RHTN (for Russell Hitchcock, Tennessee), will be an eclectic mix of modern country, pop and rock. the project was produced by Rappaport.
Better Angels writers Jay Brunswick and Matt Rogers’ song “Beautiful” (The Roys) is a nominee for ICM Positive Country Song of the Year. Brunswick has also garnered cuts with Josh Thompson, Tommy Joe Wilson, and Better Angels Records artist David Adam Byrnes.