Ben Harper signs new deal with EMI

Grammy winner has been with EMI since 1993

NEW YORK -- EMI Music Publishing has extended its long-term relationship with Grammy-winning songwriter and performer Ben Harper. He first signed with the publisher in 1993.

Under the new worldwide deal, EMI will represent his existing catalog and future songs.

Harper's most recent studio album with his support band the Innocent Criminals, "Lifeline," came out in 2007. It became his second successive top 10 hit on the Billboard album chart.

He won two Grammys in 2005 for his work with the Blind Boys of Alabama on the album "There Will Be a Light."