SAMRO signs soul singer Frank McCombJT Communication Solutions
SAMRO is proud to announce that independent international soul singer, keyboardist and songwriter Frank McComb has signed up as a member.
This year is seeing SAMRO confirming its status as Africa’s leading collecting society by attracting high-profile international members such as McComb. The renowned composer and author, who was in South Africa to perform a few intimate shows last week, expressed his delight at signing up with SAMRO.
“It gives me great pleasure to take on a new partner in this business. I am excited to establish this new relationship with SAMRO as my collecting agency,” says McComb. “I believe this is a good start towards a long, prosperous and mutually beneficial relationship.”
McComb started his music career as a young man playing in clubs around Cleveland, Ohio. After a stint with record company Mojazz, McComb joined Branford Marsalis’s Buckshot LeFonque. They recorded two albums, Buckshot LeFonque and Music Evolution, and toured the world together. It was during this time that McComb was offered his second recording contract, this time with Columbia Records.
In 2000 he recorded his debut album, Love Stories. This was followed shortly thereafter by a new record company – Malibu Sessions – and his second album, The Truth Vol. 1, in 2002. Despite the large following that he had accumulated, McComb battled to get support for his albums at the various record companies, and discovered that his work was being illegally distributed.
In 2011, having realised the importance of owning his works, he took matters into his own hands and started his own record company, Boobeescoot Music, and released his third album, Straight from the Vault. It was a solo album in every sense of the word: McComb wrote the songs, played the instruments, recorded the music, programmed the album and released it himself.
In June this year, Boobeescoot Music released McComb’s newest album, The Living Room. Promising an authentic live experience, the album features his LA-based trio with McComb on vocals, acoustic and Rhodes piano.
Today, everything about McComb remains independent, from writing, recording and producing his own albums to managing his tours and booking his concerts. For someone who has felt first-hand the effects of copyright infringement, he is happy to join SAMRO, which takes its role in managing music creators’ copyright assets very seriously.
“We are proud to welcome Frank McComb as a valued member of SAMRO and look forward to a fruitful and dynamic partnership,” says SAMRO’s GM of Marketing, Communications and Business Development, Sipho Dlamini. “As a business that encourages the go-getting spirit of independent music-making and publishing, we believe that he has found the perfect home in SAMRO.”
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