BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – April 8, 2008 – Indie powerhouse pop/rock band Chasen will release its OMG Records debut Shine through the Stars on April 15, 2008. The project is the first from a newly announced relationship between EMI CMG Distribution and Greenville, S.C.-based OMG Records. The new long-term, worldwide distribution agreement gives EMI CMG exclusive rights to distribute all OMG Records artists to Christian and mainstream retail, and all digital and mobile outlets.
“EMI CMG is pleased to work with OMG Records to launch such an exciting, fresh talent like Chasen to a worldwide market,” said Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution. “OMG’s multidimensional approach is an effective blueprint for success in today’s entertainment environment.”
“OMG Music is resolute in taking a leading role in the growth and distribution of great music and based on the excitement building for Chasen’s debut release, we are on our way,” said Gene Krcelic, Principal Partner of OMG SportsEntertainmentMusic. “We could have chosen no better home in our music enterprise than EMI CMG. They have not only proven their success in the marketplace over many, many years, but they have demonstrated to us progressive and innovative ideas for the future.”
Chasen, also based in Greenville, South Carolina, is the brain child of worship leader and lead singer Chasen Callahan. Callahan teamed with drummer Aaron Lord and together they played more than 250 shows in 2004. The two completed the band’s lineup with the addition of Evan Silver on guitar. After two years of development with OMG Records, Chasen has recorded their full length debut, Shine through the Stars, under the production helm of award-winning producer/engineer Noel Golden (Matchbox Twenty, Edwin McCain). The band has already impacted radio with 20 weeks of airplay for their first single, “Crazy Beautiful,” which reached #2 on CRW’s Christian Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) chart. It is currently Top 10 on R&R’s CHR chart. In addition, Chasen has been extensively touring, including shows with artists such as Relient K, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain and NEEDTOBREATHE.
“I love watching a new generation of great musicians like Chasen move into the musical landscape,” said singer/songwriter and OMG investor Edwin McCain. “There are big things in store for this band, and I’m thrilled to have them as part of the OMG family.”
About OMG (OneTen Management Group) (www.theomg.com):
OMG SportsEntertainmentMusic was founded in 1998 with a dedicated focus on developing sponsorship relationships between musicians, athletes, entertainers and corporate America. Since that time, they have grown into the multi-dimensional entertainment company known as OMG. OMG has negotiated music-related sponsorship and endorsement contracts with Coca-Cola, DASANI, Red Bull, Virgin Records, Boys Choir of Harlem, Verizon Wireless, Zip-It Wireless, BET and many others.
About EMI CMG Distribution (www.emicmg.com):
Billboard Magazine's annual Top Christian Music Distributor since 1995, EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. In addition to distributing EMI CMG fully-owned labels, which include EMI CMG Label Group’s Sparrow, ForeFront, and Credential imprints, as well as EMI Gospel and Worship Together, EMI CMG Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with Tooth & Nail/BEC, Gaither Music Group, Gotee, Big Idea, Hal Leonard, Inpop, Troubadour for the Lord, Universal Music Group, VSR Music Group, Cartoon Pizza, Genius Products, Guardian Studios/Bananas, Safe Side and Third Day Games.. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI CMG, a unit of EMI Music, part of EMI Group (www.emigroup.com); one of the world’s leading music companies.
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