The two-time Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer signed a multi-album deal with the Universal Music Group on Wednesday, which includes his first Christmas album.
“I’ve known Rod and Arnold [Stiefel] for many years and have been wanting to work for them for some time,” said Universal chairman and CEO, Lucian Grainge, of Stewart and his manager. “Rod possesses one of pop music’s most inventive and memorable voices, and we’re delighted to be part of the next chapter in his already storied career.”
“UMG remains committed to artistic creativity and expanding opportunities for artists in the marketplace,” added Grainge. “And nowhere is this more evident than in our new partnership with an artist of Rod’s caliber.”
Manager Arnold Stiefel called the new partnership a “match made in heaven,” and Rod echoed the same sentiments.
Stewart said, “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.”
Andrew Celani — WZLX.com