Mattea Signs With Narada

Kathy Mattea has signed a record deal with Narada Productions — a division of Virgin Records America — after parting ways with Mercury, her label for 17 years. Mattea is writing songs for her next project, which could be ready by next spring. "I have always had eclectic musical tastes and I’ve pushed the envelope over the years, experimenting with different influences and instrumentation," Mattea said in a statement. "I’m excited at the prospect of making music in an environment that can help me expand my musical horizons. … Narada is well-respected, and there’s a lovely synergy there between what I have been yearning to do and their philosophy as a company." Mattea also has a new booking agent, International Music Network, who will place the singer-songwriter into intimate listening rooms. 06/11/01