Austin Indie Record Label Signs Major Distribution Deal

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Austin based indie record label Tono Music Group announces exclusive worldwide distribution deal through Federal Records, a new division of Universal Republic Music Group.

Austin based indie record label Tono Music Group (TMG) announced today an exclusive worldwide distribution deal through Federal Records, a new division of Universal Republic Music Group. Under the new deal, TMG will develop, license and release albums in a variety of genres including Country, Rock and Pop music. The first project slated for Fall 2009 is the debut full-length album from the breakout Country/Pop singer-songwriting duo Merry Go Round. The label is also working with Texas singer-songwriter and guitarist Jordan Tarrant.

"Merry Go Round is an enormously talented young duo who has been working together for sometime in the independent music scene of Boston, while attending Berklee College of Music. After watching these young talents grow and mature we're very excited about this opportunity to bring their music and message to a worldwide audience," says TMG President Eugene Brown.

During Austin's upcoming 2009 South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival, Tono Music Group is hosting an Acoustic Night at Waterloo Ice House featuring performances by Merry Go Round, Jordan Tarrant and others, on Saturday, March 21, 7:00 pm-midnight. The Waterloo Ice House is located at 6th St. and Lamar Blvd, Austin TX (next door to the world famous Waterloo Records). http://www.waterlooicehouse.com

About Tono Music Group - Based in Austin, TX, TMG was founded by local producer/artist Eugene Brown and long time friend Kelly Gruber, infamous Toronto Blue Jays third baseman instrumental to their 1992 World Series victory. Brown and Gruber recently added another long time working partner of Brown's, local publicist and journalist Sharon Jones (Feedback Media and The Edge Magazine), to head up publicity and promotions. Tono Music Group is an artist-centric record label committed to the growth of its artists by innovative grassroots management and marketing practices. http://www.tonomusicgroup.com

About Merry Go Round - MGR's signature sound combines old school country storytelling and Sara McLachlan infused melodies with a dash of rock n' roll swagger. Since meeting at Berklee in 2006, the dynamic twosome of singer-songwriters, Evelyn Brown (Austin TX) and Ashley Root (North Attleboro, Mass) have been writing and performing non-stop. From songwriting over breakfast to storming the big stage together, these extraordinarily talented vocalists have found that two voices really are much bigger than one. Every line one of them starts, the other finishes. Every melody one of them sings, the other adds an amazing harmony. Watch for Merry Go Round's debut album set for release in late 2009. MGR will be playing select shows this summer in the U.S. and Canada while their album is in the works. http://www.myspace.com/MGROnline

For more information or interviews, contact:
Sharon Jones
Promotions & Publicity
Tono Music Group
3720 Gattis School Rd, Ste. 800-239    
Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 364-4233

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