On the heels of Season 7 Idol, Jason Castro’s, recent major label deal with Universal, comes news of a brand-new publishing deal.
LOS ANGELES, June 10 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the signing of an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with acclaimed singer/songwriter, Jason Castro.
The Texas-based tunesmith – best known as the third runner-up on the 2008 season of Fox’s American Idol – parlayed his Idol success into a major-label deal with Atlantic Records, who signed the artist in April 2009 and will release his untitled debut album later this year. Among his creative collaborators are platinum producer/songwriter, Eric Rosse (Sara Bareilles, Tori Amos, Anna Nalick), Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter, John Fields (Lifehouse, Switchfoot, Soul Asylum), and a number of acclaimed songwriters, including Kara DioGuardi (Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Santana), Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall, James Morrison), Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Jason Mraz), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), and Jason Reeves (Colbie Caillat).
Universal will be the entity that administers copyrights, licensing and royalties for Jason’s music.
Certainly not as sexy as his label deal, but it’s interesting to note, because it is an indication that Jason plans to write or co-write much of his own material and/or perhaps license his songs to other performers.
Jason, currently hard at work on his album, twittered yesterday, “Made scratch vocal guides all day so that we can start TRACKING THE ALBUM TOMORROW!!!!!” He also tweeted news about a couple of songwriter collaborations, “the studio is nice when everyone else has gone home and leaves us… still… late night writing with Marshall Altman + Mark Weinberg!”