British folk musician, Lucy Rose has announced the launch of her independent record label Real Kind Records, as an imprint under Communion Records. 31 year old Rose, who in 2019 released her fourth album No Words Left (one of RockShot Mag’s Albums Of The Year 2019), has already signed her first artist Samantha Crain, who supported Rose on her most recent tour. Crain’s album titled A Small Death is set for release on May 1st, the first single and opening track, An Echo, has already been released on January 15th.
Crain is a Choctaw singer, songwriter, poet, producer, and musician from Oklahoma with an experimental, expansive sound. Speaking on how she and Rose came to start this journey together Crain is quoted as saying “Around the time that I finished this record, I became re-acquainted with Lucy. We had met before a few years back on a broadcast of Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4 and at one of my London shows the previous year, but she had asked me to support her on a tour and I immediately felt a kinship with her, not only because of our shared navigation of being a woman in the music industry but I was also floored by her artistic integrity and her ability to adroitly manoeuvre herself, intelligently and clearly, through the business of it all too.”
Working alongside Communion Records for this new venture, Rose plans to develop the label further over the course of the coming year. “I spoke to Communion Records, my label, about Samantha and her album and they gave me this great opportunity of starting my own label as an imprint under them, so I could release Samantha’s album. I couldn’t believe it!”