Celebrated Independent Record Label Shanachie Entertainment Relaunches Newly Designed Website To Highlight New Directions

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Decorated Label Set To Embark On Initial Entry Into Alternative Rock Music

With things changing so fast, we wanted to ensure that we put forth a website that truly represents what Shanachie is today without limiting us going forward. I believe we've done just that with the new shanachie.com

In the ever changing landscape of the internet, a company's own website is the one constant in which they can interact with their customer base directly and effectively. It is with that in mind that Shanachie Entertainment proudly announces the launch of the all-new shanachie.com, coinciding with the company’s ever-evolving new initiative in the alternative music realm.

“It's been a long time coming” said Shanachie Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing/Digital, Rick Rosenberg. “We've known for quite a while that we needed and wanted to develop an enhanced site. However we weren't interested in just a refreshing of our current site. That would have been easy but ineffective. With things changing so fast, we wanted to ensure that we put forth a website that truly represents what Shanachie is today without limiting us going forward. I believe we've done just that with the new shanachie.com.”

The Shanachie marketing team of Rosenberg and Daniel Smock worked closely with Carl Falco's New Jersey based Falco Design and lead designer Stephanie Bayard to build a portal that is user friendly and reflective of the wide variety of musical genres and full length videos that Shanachie Entertainment represents. “We met with many potential designers in the year leading up to our decision, but when I met with the team at Falco Design I was impressed” said Rosenberg. “They reminded me so much of ourselves…small with an independent spirit, yet focused and committed. They listened to what our vision was, yet weren't afraid to impart their own ideas and thoughts. Our faith has been rewarded with an amazing website that perfectly represents today's Shanachie while still being inclusive of our 38 year history.”

Said Carl Falco of Falco Design, “I was thrilled when Rick selected us to design and build Shanachie's new web site. This initiative gave us the opportunity to utilize all of our capabilities for one project while collaborating with some pretty cool and like-minded people. Capturing Shanachie's impressive history while making sure their current releases were represented was the goal and we feel the end results effectively accomplished that.”

One interesting facet of the new shanachie.com isn't so new at all but a continued philosophy for Shanachie. Unlike many product based companies with the ability to sell to their customers directly, Shanachie has continued to direct their web customers to their valued e-tail partners as opposed to selling directly. “We've always had such great support from our selling partners” said Rosenberg. “We value and appreciate that support and want to do our part to ensure that the model continues to thrive. With that in mind, every active Shanachie title on our new site has a direct click through to listen to and purchase at Amazon.com and iTunes.”

Shanachie was launched in 1975 in a Bronx apartment when musicologist Richard Nevins and musician Dan Collins set out to release a few records of traditional Irish music. Close to four decades later, their vision and dedication has resulted in Shanachie becoming one of the longest-running and most acclaimed independent labels in existence.

From an upstart purveyor of traditional Irish music, Shanachie has evolved to become one the of the most diverse labels around covering such diverse genres as R&B, Jazz, Reggae, Country, Blues, Folk, World Music, Jam Bands, Gospel, Rock and beyond. Shanachie’s artists have been featured on such esteemed programs as “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Conan O’Brien,” “CBS Sunday Morning” and elsewhere. With a string of commercial Radio hits, numerous Grammy wins and other prestigious industry recognition, Shanachie also has a video division, with over 150 titles including acclaimed documentaries and concert performances.

“We're truly independent," says Shanachie General Manager Randall Grass, who joined the company in 1981. "No major label owns any part of us, and we're with truly independent distribution as well. We try to be an independent that functions in between the major label complexes and the more grassroots independents. We have a bigger catalog and more resources than most Indies, but we don't play the pop-music game -- we don't see how many records we can put out, and hope that maybe a few will make it. We have the ability to develop artists and be a true home for them throughout their careers."

Shanachie is pleased to announce its first Alternative Rock signing, Flobots, and has plans to announce more good news shortly. In recent years, the label has become a serious player on the contemporary R&B scene releasing acclaimed projects with everyone from American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, super-band Mint Condition and R&B divas Keke Wyatt and Syleena Johnson to iconic music figures like Jody Watley, Deniece Williams and George Clinton to husband and wife duo Kindred The Family Soul, The Floacist, Meshell Ndegeogcello, Calvin Richardson and Jazz/R&B songbird Maysa, Shanachie has also made major in-roads in both the Gospel and Country music worlds.

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