Budjerah eyes U.S. breakthrough through Warner Records U.S. partnership
Budjerah will get a crack at the prized American market through a new partnership struck with Warner Records U.S.
The teen phenomenon will release his first music into the U.S. later this month through a new alliance struck between his label Warner Music Australia and the music major’s U.S. company.
The 19-year-old Coodjinburra R&B/soul artist still has a lot of work to do, but the arrangement means Warner Music U.S. will invest in his success, and it’s a signal that his music and personality can translate in the world’s No. 1 music market.
“Everyone at Warner Records is excited to partner with our friends in Australia on such an amazing artist,” comments Aaron Bay-Schuck, CEO & co-Chairman; and Tom Corson / COO & co-Chairman of Warner Records, in a statement.
Budjerah is “truly one of a kind,” they say, “and we look forward to introducing his incredible voice and talent to music lovers in America.”
The youngster hasn’t buckled under the weight of expectation as one of the country’s finest new voices.
His self-titled debut EP dropped in March via Warner Music Australia and was met with critical success, and a deal was struck with Mushroom Music Publishing.
Produced by Matt Corby (Corby’s studio is located close to Budjerah’s home in Fingal Head), the EP features his debut single ‘Missing You,’ which earned top spot on position on the triple j airplay chart.
The track was followed by ‘Higher,’ which lifted to No. 22 on the national airplay chart.
Next up was Live from Rainbow Valley, a set that re-imagines his debut EP. Budjerah was also tapped as Apple Music’s UP NEXT local artist (Australia), and earned a nomination for New Artist of the Year at the 2021 National Indigenous Music Awards.
Earlier this year, Budjerah collaborated with PNAU for their 2021 release ‘Stranger Love’ and he’s made live appearances as special guest for Lime Cordiale, Thelma Plum and others.
Watch Budjerah’s ‘Higher’:
“I’m thrilled to partner with Tom Corson and Aaron Bay-Schuck and the whole Warner Records team to help grow Budjerah’s fan base and career in the U.S.,” comments Dan Rosen, President of Warner Music Australasia.
“I know they can take him to a global audience. Budjerah is destined for big things and we cannot wait to see him take the next step in his career.”
Budjerah is managed by Lemon Tree Music.
This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.