NEW YORK (AP) — After releasing albums by Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell, Starbucks' new record label is putting out a disc by newcomer Hilary McRae.
Hear Music, launched earlier this year by coffee retailer Starbucks Corp. and Concord Music Group, said the 21-year-old singer-songwriter's CD will be released next spring.
"Hilary has a great soulful sound and we are excited to play a significant role in the launch of what will be a long and successful career," Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment, said Tuesday in a statement. "Hear Music has a strong belief in fostering the talent of quality musicians and we believe we've found a gem in this artist."
McRae wrote all the songs on the album, which the label describes as a mix of contemporary pop and "old-school, horn-drenched R&B, all anchored by McRae's rich, soulful voice."
Starbucks will offer 1.5 million free downloads of McRae's song "Consider Me Gone" beginning Thursday.
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