NEW YORK, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Sir Paul McCartney's MPL Communications, Inc., home to music penned by famed composers such as Harold Arlen, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Frank Loesser, Bessie Smith and of course, Paul McCartney has added NY Yankees All-Star Bernie Williams to its line-up. Williams, a talented guitarist and composer, is the first Latin and jazz artist signed to MPL, continuing the company's recent addition of contemporary songwriters to its roster. Williams' debut recording, "The Journey Within" (GRP/Verve), will be released July 15, preceded by his performance at Chicago's House of Blues on July 13 during Major League Baseball's All-Star Week. MPL represents seven of Williams' compositions for placement in film, television, advertising and alternative media. His signing was announced jointly today by Bill Porricelli, Sr. VP Promotion and New Product Development, and Allan J. Tepper, VP Creative Services. McCartney learned of Williams' musical gifts while attending his first Yankees game. "I was intrigued to hear his music, so when I heard his CD I was blown away by his talent," says McCartney. "Go Bernie, it's a home run!" "We recognize just how exceptional Bernie's material is and we will promote the mass appeal of his songs and bring more awareness of Bernie as artist and songwriter," says Porricelli. "We fell in love with his music." "It's great to work with a double-threat," adds Tepper. "Bernie is already a superstar in his field and people will be blown away by his musical prowess. This is a really exciting time for us!" A native of Puerto Rico, Williams studied music on scholarship beginning at age 13, and had envisioned a musical career before turning to Major League Baseball. He has won four World Series Championships with the New York Yankees; four Gold Gloves; a Batting Title, and is a five-time All-Star and lifetime 300 hitter. Williams says, "It's an honor to have one of the greatest songwriters in music history supporting my project. I've always been a big Beatles fan, and working with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications is a dream come true. It brings the whole album project full circle." Williams' first radio single, "Just Because," features pianist David Benoit; "The Journey Within's" all-star line-up also includes GRAMMY(R) winners Bela Fleck and Ruben Blades, as well as Gilberto Santa Rosa and top session players Leland Sklar, Kenny Aronoff, David Sancious and Luis Conte. McCartney founded MPL Communications, headquartered in New York and London, upon the breakup of the 20th century's greatest musical force, The Beatles. MPL Communications is among the largest privately owned music publishing companies in the world with diverse musical copyrights and holdings representing the best of modern popular music. For more information please visit www.mplcommunications.com or www.berniewilliams.com GRP Records is a division of The Verve Music Group, a Universal Music company. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
SOURCE The Verve Music Group