Concord Records announces KE’s new contract

Concord Records is proud to announce that Grammy-nominated singer Kurt Elling has signed an exclusive recording contract with the company. His Concord debut is scheduled to be released in early 2007.
Elling has risen to international acclaim as a jazz artist and singer, in just 10 short years as professional. All of his six previous albums have been nominated for Grammy awards, including three nods for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Kurt has topped Downbeat Critic’s and Jazz Times Readers polls every year since 2000. He’s won the Jazz Journalists Association award for best male vocalist three times and earned the Prix Billie Holiday from the Academie du Jazz in Paris. One of Elling’s major contributions is as a writer and performer of vocalese, the art of putting words to improvised solos of jazz artists.

Kurt is extremely excited about joining Concord Records. He states, “I’m so very happy to be part of the Concord family. I have the utmost respect for the label. They produce some amazing music and I am looking forward to releasing my Concord debut.”

John Burk, Executive Vice President of A&R at Concord Music Group, commented, “We’re honored that Kurt has teamed with Concord to continue his remarkable career. We believe there is no limit to his talent and potential and look forward to an incredibly rewarding relationship.”