SOUM born out of the highly celebrated international music management company QEDG Management, home of such music luminaries as Yes, Asia, John Wetton, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Focus, Martin Turner, Curved Air and Downes Braide Association.
The label was initially formed as a vehicle for making the catalogue material from the estates of world-renowned artists Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and John Wetton accessible to music fans across the globe. However SOUM has developed into so much more than that. The label team now comprises highly experienced music industry executives, each with a world class pedigree and a passionate belief in the label’s artists and values.
Through our partnership with Cherry Red Records, SOUM now boasts a vibrant roster of musicians which span the entire artist lifecycle; from exciting, new talent through to well-known, established bands, then on to classic acts who have been a much-loved part of our lives for many years and finally the wonderful works of music legends who have passed over but will never be forgotten.
SOUM considers itself a boutique label and believes in a “small is beautiful” approach. This means that every release is curated and created with the utmost care and personal attention, befitting the incredible array of world class artists it represents.
An Extraordinary Life
An Extraordinary Life is the first in an ongoing series of box sets celebrating the life and times of the legendary John Wetton.
This 8CD collection includes John’s six solo albums, each with bonus material which have been remastered by Maor Appelbaum.
Presented in 10 x 10” box with 68-page book, Magical includes the two solo albums written and recorded by Lake, two highly sought after bootleg collections and two live shows alongside ultra-rare tracks and live recordings that cover his time with ELP, King Crimson, Asia and beyond.
A definitive Keith Emerson 20 CD set presented in 10 x 10” box with a 48 page book. Featuring virtuoso performances from throughout KE's incredible career, the set contains material from his time in The Nice and ELP, his ventures into composing and performing movie soundtracks, and his solo works.
Spirit of Unicorn Music are delighted to have appointed TASK Agency UK to their team, working alongside Tim Fraser-Harding and Steve Hammonds. TASK is a full service marketing agency providing above and below the line strategic marketing management. Their role is to help establish and expand the SoUM brand as well as provide all acts on the roster with solid marketing support. TASK will also assist with label management, ensuring a smooth transition through scheduling, production and onto release.
TASK Agency UK is owned and run by Steve Cadman and Sarah Ewing. Steve and Sarah have a combined 60 years experience working in the music, music retail, box office theatrical, DVD and video games sectors. During their respective careers, they have worked with some of the biggest acts and most recognised global entertainment brands, including projects by The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and Pepsi-Co.
We are delighted to introduce the wonderful Steve Hammonds, who joined Spirit of Unicorn Music in summer 2021 to take creative control of our catalogue and advise on new releases, as A and R Manager, bringing a raft of unique knowledge to the role. With over 25 years' experience with major labels including, Universal, BMG and Sony. Steve started with Sanctuary and brings local knowledge through his association with Cherry Red.
Tim Fraser-Harding has joined the board as Commercial Director. He brings over 30 years experience working in major labels, most recently as President of Global Catalogue at Warners Music Group.
Elton John Guitar Legend Davey Johnstone Releases New Solo Album!
• Brand new solo album from long-term Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone
• Recorded during the pandemic hiatus that postponed Elton John’s Farewell Tour
• A personal triumph following his debut “Smiling Face” some 48 years after its 1973 release.
Davey Johnstone has been Elton John’s guitarist for 50 years. He has also played with Alice Cooper, John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Lenny Kravitz and many, many more! In his role as Music Director he will resume the hugely successful Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour with Elton and the band in January 2022.
Watch the video for “Melting Snow”: https://youtu.be/iifZyBNWYuE
During the COVID-19 recess, Davey has recorded an album utilizing the incredible talents of his children, plus a few close friends. The album has a wide range and crosses genres.
Elliot, the youngest Johnstone, is lead vocalist on the record, with Davey supplying one lead vocal himself. Charlie Johnstone recorded many of the basic tracks at their home in California. Charlie also supplied keyboard and background vocal parts. Jesse Johnstone played drums remotely from his home in L.A. Jesse also joined his father and eldest sibling Tam Johnstone, on writing, recording and producing the album’s two instrumentals, “Black Scotland” and “Walt Dizney”. The beautiful artwork for the sleeve was conceived and designed by Juliet Johnstone.
Denny Seiwell, the legendary drummer from Paul McCartney and Wings helped out on three tracks, and Nigel Olsson supplied drums on “Melting Snow”.
Much of the recording was done by Major Wynn at Marlon Hoffman’s Kenrose Studio in California.
Davey Johnstone’s full-length album titled “Deeper Than My Roots” was released through Spirit of Unicorn Records in January 2022.
For more information:
Buy Davey Johnstone’s “Deeper Than My Roots” CD: https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/the-davey-johnstone-band-deeper-than-my-roots/
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