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About Sh-K-Boom Records

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Founded in 2000 by Kurt Deutsch and Sherie Rene Scott, Sh-K-Boom and its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in musical theatre recording—shining a light towards its future while continuing to honor its past. The label is renowned for its efforts to encourage and support the music of the most innovative new voices on Broadway, to help bridge the gap between pop/rock and musicals, and to preserve the scores of important works. As a label created by and for the Broadway community, the company has reinvented the musical theatre recording landscape through their high-quality recordings, innovative marketing techniques to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans, and the creation of a new type of ‘United Artists’ environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums. 

SH-K-BOOM RECORDS: Bridging the Gap Between Pop Music and Theater
Rooted in early rock releases from artists Sherie Rene Scott, Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley, Sh-K-Boom Records was founded to give voice to a new breed of Broadway performers, resulting from the evolving world of musical theater in the late nineties like Rent.

Kurt and Sherie recognized that composers were coming from not only the musical theatre world, but also from every genre of popular music, and that the full musical potential of the actors performing these new musicals was being overlooked by major record labels due to their niche audience. They also saw that the music industry was being revolutionized, with the internet playing a larger role both in connecting musicians directly with their audiences and in distributing music, thereby giving artists greater freedom to create the music they want, without having to work within the constraints of traditional record labels.

Sh-K-Boom has, from the start, been committed to working with individual artists, groups, and composers to give them the guidance and freedom necessary to create the music they want and have direct access and interaction with their fans through the web and live performances.

They began the popular Sh-K-Boom Room… Fueled by revolution of the music industry and the evolution of the musical performer, Sh-K-Boom Records is dedicated to bringing passionate, fresh artists and their music to a whole new audience.

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GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS: An Independent Home for the Cast Album
Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight has won three Grammy Awards (for The Book of Mormon, In the Heights and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) and is a frequent nominee, most recently for the OBCR of the 2015 “Best Musical” Tony Award nominee Something Rotten! 

Other notable recent releases include the 2016 “Best Musical” Tony Award nominee Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the 2014 “Best Musical” Tony Award winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the 2014 “Best Score” Tony Award winner The Bridges of Madison County, Disney’s Newsies, Pippin and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, adding to a catalogue that includes OBCRs of Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Drowsy Chaperone and many more Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

The label has also released solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest names: Patti LuPone, Sherie Rene Scott, Adam Pascal, Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theatre composers with their extensive relationships with Michael John LaChiusa (First Daughter Suite, Giant, See What I Wanna See, Little Fish) and Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Fortress of Solitude), as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Pasek & Paul, Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Shaina Taub, Dave Malloy, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk and Adam Gwon.

The label recently created a new joint publishing venture with Razor & Tie to represent songwriters that fuse theatrical and pop music. Sh-K-Boom Entertainment is a producer of the acclaimed film version of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

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