NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — MPress Records has just inked a three album deal with 20- year-old pianist/singer-songwriter Seth Glier. MPress, which has internationally distributed nine albums by art-pop songstress Rachael Sage, also produces the New Arrivals charity compilation series, and has presented artist showcases at such industry events as SXSW, CMJ, Folk Alliance Conference and MIDEM.
Glier, who hails from Western Massachusetts and was recently featured in The Boston Globe for his 100% Fan Funded Tour, is a multi-instrumentalist who has released several DIY projects since his early teens. His combination of raw talent and surprising maturity caught the attention of MPress founder Rachael Sage, who was immediately struck by his prodigious musicianship and sophisticated lyricism.
"Seth's songwriting is classic, and hearkens back to great piano-based songwriters who broke in the '70s like Billy Joel and Elton John…but he has an impressive range that grabs new audiences immediately, and his sense of melody is incredibly strong." After what Sage describes as a "very organic process" – including a featured performance slot at the label's 2009 SXSW showcase – she and MPress Label Manager JoJo Gentry decided Seth would be a perfect artist for the MPress roster.
As Gentry observes, "Seth's songwriting ability is exceptional, and he's also just a really compassionate, down to earth guy. He leaves his ego at the door, and is all about making a genuine connection with his audience, and taking risks." MPress will nationally release his self-produced effort, The Trouble With People, this fall.
Seth will also make his overseas debut August 7-12th, performing in week-long run of Sage's show "Sequins & Shpiel" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A seasoned touring artist who has already shared stages with John Mayer, Martin Sexton and Erin McKeown, he'll continue to tour the East Coast throughout the summer, and will launch his official Release Tour for The Trouble With People in October. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers