Mario Vazquez, a former contestant on American Idol, has entered into a recording agreement with J Records, a division of SonyBMG Music Entertainment, and an exclusive management agreement with Stiefel Entertainment. 19 Entertainment confirmed that work has begun on Vazquez's new album, which is expected to be released in the spring.
"This demonstrates again the ability of American Idol both to spot new young talent and to bring that talent to the attention of the American public," said Simon Fuller, chief executive officer of 19 Entertainment. "We continue to enjoy a professional relationship with Mario Vazquez and, of course, are pleased that SonyBMG, which has been the record company of American Idol, will be Mario's label and that Arnold Stiefel, a close business associate and good personal friend of our senior management, will be guiding Mario's career." –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen