Legendary Singer-Songwriter Smokey Robinson Signs With Verve Music Group To
Release First-Of-Its-Kind Duets Album In Fall Of 2013
ROBINSON SIGNED TO LABEL BY GRAMMY®-WINNING SONGWRITER DAVID FOSTER
AMERICAN IDOL HIGHLIGHTS ROBINSON'S NEW RECORD ON 3/27 BROADCAST
LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2013
LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Legendary Motown icon and Grammy^®
award-winning songwriter, Smokey Robinson, has signed a record deal with Verve
Music Group. Robinson was signed to the label by its Chairman, David Foster,
to release his 29^th career LP, a special duets album, due out this coming
fall. The album will also be guided by highly regarded A&R executive, Jay
Landers. In addition, Robinson made a surprise appearance on last night's
American Idol where he served as a mentor to the show's contestants. During
the broadcast, Idol host Ryan Seacrest brought attention to Robinson's
forthcoming album and spotlighted the artist's new project.
"I'm really excited about signing with Verve Music Group to release this
upcoming album," said Smokey Robinson. "Not only do I have a musical history
with the guys involved, but a longstanding friendship as well. I'm looking
forward to bringing our talents to the table as we collaborate on this
"From the early 60's to this very day, you can turn on a radio anywhere in the
world and hear his music," said David Foster, Verve Music Group Chairman.
"Smokey Robinson's contributions to the world of music as a performer,
producer and songwriter are nothing short of a 'miracle'. I'm so pleased to
welcome Smokey to the Verve Music Group family. We're looking forward to a
great collaboration worthy of the legacy of this great label."
The album, which is due out in the fourth quarter of 2013, features Robinson
performing his greatest hits alongside a celebrated roster of contemporary and
classic artists whose influence will span the depth of Robinson's stellar 50
plus year career. Unlike any other duet-themed project produced to date, this
unique album will include hits all written by Robinson, such as all-time
favorites: "My Girl," "Cruisin," and "The Tears of a Clown," to name a few.
ABOUT SMOKEY ROBINSON
Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," acclaimed
singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson's career spans over four decades of hits. He
has received numerous awards including two Grammy's, the Grammy Living Legend
Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard
University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from
the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock
'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while
still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy's first vocal group, and it
was at Robinson's suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Records dynasty.
Their single of Robinson's "Shop Around" became Motown's first #1 hit on the
R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for
the group, including "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooh Baby Baby," "The
Tracks of My Tears," "Going to a Go-Go," "More Love," "The Tears of a Clown"
(co-written with Stevie Wonder), and "I Second That Emotion."
The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960's and early 70's and
Robinson became Vice President of Motown Records serving as in-house producer,
talent scout and songwriter.
In addition to writing hits for The Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits
for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda
Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My
Girl," "Get Ready," "You Beat Me to the Punch," "Don't Mess with Bill," "Ain't
That Peculiar," and "My Guy" are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during
John Lennon of The Beatles made countless remarks regarding Robinson's
influence on his music. The Beatles had recorded Robinson and The Miracles'
"You've Really Got A Hold On Me" in 1963 and in 1982 another popular British
group, The Rolling Stones, covered the Robinson and the Miracles' hit, "Going
To A Go-Go."
He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hit
making with "Just to See Her," "Quiet Storm," "Cruisin'," and "Being with
You," among others.
He remained Vice President of Motown records until the sale of the company,
shaping the label's success with friend and mentor Berry Gordy. Following his
tenure at Motown, Robinson has released several successful solo albums and
continues his impressive touring career to date.
During the course of his 50 plus year career in music, Robinson has
accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill
sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable
timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Smokey
Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage.
SOURCE The Verve Music Group
Contact: Allison Elbl, The Verve Music Group, IDPR, +1-323-822-4851,
email@example.com ; Courtney Barnes, Smokey Robinson, +1-323-466-9300,
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