Critically acclaimed composer, singer-songwriter and pianist Agnes Obel signs exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon
(f.l.t.r.): Clemens Trautmann (President Deutsche Grammophon), Agnes Obel, Christian Badzura (Director New Repertoire Deutsche Grammophon)
Blue Note to release Obel’s albums in North America
Berlin, February 19, 2018 – Eminent contemporary composer, singer-songwriter, pianist and producer Agnes Obel has signed exclusively to Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group’s prestigious Yellow Label.
The inspirational Dane has found a new musical home alongside DG’s leading contemporary composers and outstanding international artists such as Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Anoushka Shankar. Two iconic labels join forces for the first time as the new partnership sees Obel's North American releases being handled by the renowned Blue Note team under the creative leadership of Blue Note President, Don Was.
In her songs and compositions, Agnes Obel creates her own timeless style, which places her uniquely beyond classification, her releases are milestones of music, both artistically and commercially. She is already a multi-platinum artist and in addition, her tracks having been streamed over 160 million times on Spotify alone. As well as composing, arranging and performing, Obel produces and mixes her own songs, allowing her to remain 100% true to her artistic intentions.
Agnes Obel´s atmospheric songs and cinematic instrumental pieces have featured in critically acclaimed television productions, online TV series and films such as Big Little Lies, Greys Anatomy, The Royals, Pretty Little Liars, The Leftovers and Tin Star.
Agnes Obel: “I am very happy to be working with Deutsche Grammophon and Blue Note, two legendary labels with a huge history. I am really looking forward to this next exciting chapter.”
Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon: "We are fascinated by Agnes' compositional autonomy and the precision with which she creates and produces her vocal and instrumental soundscapes. With every song and instrumental piece, she opens up small universes, thus reaching a broad audience with sophisticated works. With Agnes we share confidence in the long-term success of artistic excellence and credibility, as well as the intention to inspire many more fans around the world."
Christian Badzura, Director New Repertoire Deutsche Grammophon: "I'm very happy that Agnes is coming to Deutsche Grammophon. As a long-term fan of her music, it's very special to now be working with her. Agnes' musical language, which often moves between dreamy and melancholic, her artistic integrity and her perfected craft have always intrigued me. Her very first album marked her as an internationally-renowned artist. Her mix of credible contemporary classical scores, extraordinary songwriting and her performance qualities add to the exceptional nature and, above all, to the success of her music."
Don Was, President Blue Note: “Agnes is a profoundly imaginative and soulful artist. All of us at Blue Note Records are honored and thrilled about the opportunity to present her music to US audiences. I’m really looking forward to hearing her new music and am certain that whatever she creates next will emanate from an inspired, honest and unique place.”