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ACCLAIMED SONGWRITER-PRODUCER AARON RICE LAUNCHES SOUL STRIDE RECORDS

Roster To Include Award-Winning Songstress Ginny Owens, Pop Vocalist Brittany Hargest and Newcomer Haley Morgan Smith




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NEWS SOURCE: Savvy Media
April 27, 2011

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) April 27, 2011--Nashville-based songwriter and producer Aaron Rice announces the launch of Soul Stride Records. The label, which will focus on faith-based music of all genres, has already signed artists including multiple ASCAP and Dove Award winner Ginny Owens; former member of million-selling pop group Jump5, Brittany Hargest; acoustic soul-pop artist, newcomer Haley Morgan Smith, and gospel artist Isaac Simpson and Divine Providence.

Distributed by powerhouse EMI Distribution, Soul Stride aims to impact culture with relevant, heartfelt music by both established and developing artists that is diverse in musical style, genre, and marketplace but singular in its faith message. Recognizing the powerful influence of music, Soul Stride strives to be a Christ-like example to those both inside and outside of the church.

Rice comments, “I am truly humbled to be part of this amazing adventure and couldn’t be more excited about the new model of artist and label partnerships we are building. We not only want to be widely accepted and supported in the church but in the general market as well. We are about making music that is consistent with the hearts of our artists and the heart of Christ. I believe if we are genuine in that effort and do it with excellence, then where each artist, song, or record fits in the marketplace will happen organically with God’s direction.”

The label’s first release will be from Isaac Simpson and Divine Providence in June followed by a new studio project by Ginny Owens early August. Additional details are forthcoming. For more information on Soul Stride Records, visit: www.soulstriderecords.com or follow Soul Stride on Twitter at twitter.com/SoulStrideRec.

About Aaron Rice
A member of Universal Music Publishing Group, Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, and Emack Music Publishing, Rice’s songwriting credits include radio hits for top artists like tobyMac, Krystal Meyers, Mandisa, Stephanie Smith, Rachael Lampa, Ayiesha Woods, Jaci Velasquez, Storyside:B, and Chris Sligh, among others. In 2008 he received a GRAMMY Award nomination for his contribution to tobyMac’s song “Made to Love” and has garnered multiple Dove Award nominations including two this year for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year (“Get Back Up” by tobyMac). For more on Aaron Rice, visit: http://www.myspace.com/rizzlesongs.

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