Milwaukee's Grace Weber inks deal with iconic Capitol Records
GRAMMY award-winning Milwaukee musician Grace Weber announced in a Facebook post on Monday that she has inked a deal with Capitol Records.
Now based in Brooklyn, Weber's post included a photo of her in front of the iconic Capitol building at Hollywood and Vine in Hollywood.
Capitol's distinctive label designs over the years and its stellar roster means Weber is in good company.
Capitol Records – now part of the Universal Music empire – has long been a major player, having signed the likes of Waukesha's Les Paul in the 1940s, Frank Sinatra in the '50s, The Beatles and The Beach Boys in the '60s, Milwaukee's Steve Miller and Bob Seger in the '70s and, well, you get the picture.
Capitol Records also shared the news yesterday on social media:
Born in Wauwatosa, Weber performed at "Showtime at the Apollo" when she was just 16 and was then on her way, singing at the wedding of athletes Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra, appearing on Oprah Winfrey's show and being named a Billboard magazine Spotlight Artist to Watch in 2010.
Weber – who is currently on a national tour with PJ Morton – has released two albums: "Hope & Heart" in 2011 and "The Refinery" in 2014. More recent music can be heard at her website.
Here's her new single, "Mercy," her first for Capitol:
Weber's Facebook post hinted that a new disc is imminent.
"Blessed to be doing this with the most amazing team, and all the day 1's and space legends," she said. "So ready to release this album to the world. ... So much love to my new team at Capitol – we're gonna do amazing things."
Weber hasn't forgotten her hometown, where she created The Music Lab, which she describes as, "a free monthly arts program for Milwaukee area high schoolers to connect and be inspired by music industry professionals from around the country. Each lab includes one special guest performance, a Q&A conversation and an open mic session for students to sing, rap, recite, dance or express their creativity in any other way."
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