June 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP has signed ROD STEWART to a long-term worldwide recording agreement. As part of this multi-album deal, the two-time Hall of Famer has teamed with GRAMMY AWARD-winning producer, songwriter and VERVE MUSIC GROUP Chairman DAVID FOSTER to record his first CHRISTMAS album to be released this FALL via VERVE MUSIC GROUP.
"I've known ROD and ARNOLD [STIEFEL, STEWART's manager] for many years and have been wanting to work with them for some time," said UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE. "ROD possesses one of pop music's most inventive and memorable voices; and we're delighted to be part of the next great chapter in his already storied career."
ROD STEWART commented, "I'm confident that by partnering with my fellow CBE, LUCIAN and his cracking, top-notch company, we have the best team in the business. And the chance to work again with DAVID FOSTER makes it that much sweeter."