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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Anthony David signs major label deal



ACEY DUCEY: Atlanta's Anthony David throws up the deuce sign at Sound Shop record store in the Mall West End. The label deal he signed last week with Universal Republic means his record will finally get major distribution.

Two months after V-103 (WVEE-FM) began playing "Words" — Anthony David's duet with India.Arie from his 2006 sophomore release, Red Clay Chronicles — David has signed a major label deal with Universal Republic.

Though the deal was in the works months before V-103 began playing "Words," David says getting airplay on Atlanta's top-ranked radio station helped speed things along. (Click here to read the back story about how the independent artist's song made it into V-103's rotation.)

The wheels started turning late last year when David went to New York to perform a showcase for the label execs. Universal Republic is also home to artists such as Amy Winehouse and David's long-time collaborator, India.Arie.

His first release on the label could come as soon as May '08, he says. It will include a re-release of several songs from both of David's previous albums, 3 Chords and the Truth and Red Clay Chronicles (both released on local indie label Brash Music), as well as a few new songs.

The deal struck by David and his manager, Richard Dunn, will allow David to retain ownership of his masters.

For the last decade, the Savannah native has been a staple within Atlanta's underground soul scene. David says his independent streak won't change just because his status has. "All artists should act independently," he says. "Ultimately, you work for yourself."

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