Butch Walker, Ben Lee Sign with Dangerbird Records
Dangerbird Records is hoping to fly a little higher this year with the addition of two well-known names to its roster.
The Los Angeles-based label, home to such acts as the Silversun Pickups and Fitz and the Tantrums, recently signed singer-songwriter Ben Lee and singer-producer-songwriter Butch Walker. Both artists are currently prepping preparing separate releases on track for Fall 2011.
“Neither Ben nor Butch needs an introduction – their individual track records in the music business speak for themselves,” Jeff Castelaz, CEO and Co-Founder of Dangerbird, said in a statement. “Besides being a big fan of the music they both make, they are great to work with and each brings something unique and valuable to the Dangerbird family.”
Australia-born Lee has been recording music since he was a teenager with Sydney-based act Noise Addict. His solo career saw such smashes as 2005’s Awake Is the New Sleep, which went double platinum in Australia (and likely helped win him the affection of actress Claire Danes, who he famously dated last decade). Lee is also the subject of a forthcoming feature documentary, Catch My Disease, set to premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival later this year.
Walker is a well-known producer and songwriter who has worked with everyone from Pink to Weezer to Katy Perry. He started out in the music business as a member of acclaimed Atlanta band Marvelous 3. As a solo artist, he's released five albums since 2002.
Last year, the in-demand collaborator accompanied Taylor Swift on her live duet with Stevie Nicks during the Grammy Awards. Walker's most recent hits include Weezer's "If You're Wondering if I Want You To...(I Want You To)" and Panic at the Disco!'s Vice & Virtues, which entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 7 in late March.