Brisbane band Sheppard are proud to announce their signing with historic British record label Decca Records (backed by Universal Music worldwide) – the original home of international icons such as The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones.
The first Australian band ever to sign with Decca (which was founded in 1929), Sheppard are heading to North America next week to finalise the worldwide release of the new single “Geronimo” which is impacting radio around Australia now and debuted this week at #31 on iTunes.
“The sense of history we feel being the first Australian band with a label like Decca with such a long and important tradition is really amazing,” said vocalistGeorge Sheppard, “The way we’ve been embraced by the Australian public over the last year has been fantastic and it feels that while this news is a culmination of many years of hard work, it really is the start for us.”
The band will remain independent in Australia, (with Empire of Song / Chugg Music continuing to handle their releases) with Decca taking the reigns for the rest of the world. Sheppard’s breakthrough single ‘Let Me Down Easy’ was one of 2013’s biggest local radio hits (Top 10 most played Australian single nationwide), selling near-double platinum figures since its release. The band are looking forward to history repeating with latest single ‘Geronimo’;
“Geronimo has already had so much great feedback from overseas,” saidGeorge Sheppard. “It is great to see radio jumping on board again here at home. It means so much to us that people are enjoying what we do.”
In its first week at Australian radio, ‘Geronimo’ was added to programming on ten major stations, earning a place as #10 most added track at radio in Australia w/c March 17.
On top of three upcoming US appearances in Portland, San Francisco andLos Angeles, Sheppard will also appear at MUSEXPO and the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles in April. The band will return to Australia in mid-April to support Michael Franti at his Sydney and Melbourne shows.