added: 29 Jun 2012 // by: VVN Music
Rod Stewart has signed a long-term worldwide recording deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) and has teamed with David Foster to record his first album of Christmas music. The new LP will be released in the fall through UMG's Verve label and will include duets with a number of other artists.
"I've known Rod and Arnold for many years and have been wanting to work with them for some time," stated Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG. "Rod possesses one of pop music's most inventive and memorable voices; and we're delighted to be part of the next great chapter in his already storied career."
"UMG remains committed to artistic creativity and expanding opportunities for artists in the marketplace," continued Mr. Grainge. "And nowhere is this more evident than in our new partnership with an artist of Rod's caliber."
Stewart commented, "I'm confident that by partnering with my fellow CBE, Lucian, and his cracking, top-notch company, we have the best team in the business. And the chance to work again with David Foster makes it that much sweeter."
"This is a match made in heaven," Arnold Stiefel, Stewart's manager declared. "Rod's writing spirit has been rekindled and Universal is the perfect keeper of the flame."
With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful musical careers of all time. In July, he will reunite with Stevie Nicks to reprise their acclaimed Heart & Soul tour and in September he will return to his Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. All on the heels of his hotly anticipated first memoir and Christmas album, which are both, scheduled for U.S. release this fall.