Syco Music & Columbia Records Sign Recording Deal With The X Factor's California Breakout Band Emblem3 DEBUT ALBUM TO BE EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY AWARD WINNING WRITER/PRODUCER SAVAN KOTECHA & WILL FEATURE COLLABORATIONS WITH INDUSTRY HITMAKERS

NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The X Factor's So-cal break out band Emblem3 have signed a recording deal with Syco Music and Columbia Records to release their debut album in 2013.

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Brothers Wesley and Keaton Stromberg (19 &16) and lifelong friend Drew Chadwick (20) who make up Emblem3 are already in the studio at work on their debut album which is being executive produced by award winning songwriter and producer Savan Kotecha (Maroon 5, Usher, One Direction). The album will be the first release through "Mr Kanani," Savan Kotecha's imprint on Syco Music.

Emblem3's debut album will also see the band collaborating with some of the industry's biggest hit makers including Benji and Joel Madden (Good Charlotte), Jack Antonoff (fun.), Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub (One Direction, Nicki Minaj), Peter Svensson (The Cardigans), John Feldman (Gold Finger), and Kool Kojak (Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj).

Renowned songwriter, producer and talent coach Savan Kotecha will be executive producing the album and said, "I was so impressed by the talent and energy of the Emblem3 boys that I had to work with them. I'm looking forward to helping them fulfill their creative vision and working with the amazing Syco and Columbia team who, in my opinion, are the best in the business!"

Emblem 3's Wesley Stromberg said, "With our new teammates at Columbia and Syco and along with Savan, I hope we can not only produce some empowering tunes, but also impact other people in a positive way and maybe help brighten things up a bit. Music is all we`ve ever wanted to do – and this is what we love to do." Stromberg added, "Simon Cowell was an excellent mentor and we were proud to have him as ours. We hope to keep a good relationship alive with him not only as business partners but as friends."

Syco Music's Simon Cowell who was also Emblem3's mentor during The X Factor said, "Wesley, Drew and Keaton are complete stars. They have a great attitude, are fun and genuinely love music. They deserve this and I'm really pleased we are continuing working together."

Emblem3, from Huntington Beach, CA are best known for their original performances on The X Factor on Fox in 2012 where the trio shunned the 'boyband' tag and impressed audiences of millions with their energy-filled unique performances, adding their own twist of alternative rock/pop with mix of hip-hop and reggae each week.

Emblem3 first auditioned for The X Factor with their own original song 'Sunset Blvd' winning over judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and LA Reid and instantly garnering a wide international fan-base which continued to grow throughout the 2012 series and since, garnering them more than 15 million YouTube views.

Wesley, Keaton, and Drew grew up together in Sequim, WA, where they all turned to music at an early age becoming multi-instrumentalists and forming the band Emblem3. Now all living in Huntington Beach, they moved to California to pursue their dreams and be closer to the industry and to indulge their passion for surfing, skating and snowboarding.

The band performed at landmark venues such as the Roxy, the Whisky A Go Go, the House of Blues and the Hard Rock Cafe, and took the top prize at Rock N' Road's Orange County battle of the bands in 2011.

For more info visit www.emblem3.com/

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Emblem3 are managed by Jared Paul at Frontline Management

SYCO ENTERTAINMENT
Syco Entertainment is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music and is one of the world's leading global music and television production companies responsible for some of the world's most successful global TV and music franchises.  Syco Entertainment is also the world's most successful producer of international talent with Syco Music being the record label home for such diverse international recording artists as Labrinth, One Direction, Cher Lloyd, Leona Lewis, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, and Il Divo as well as other artists discovered through Syco TV series' including Melanie Amaro, Jackie Evancho, JLS, Olly Murs, Diana Vickers, Alexandra Burke, Jonathan and Charlotte, Chris Rene, Loveable Rogues and Rebecca Ferguson. Syco's television assets include the global franchises The X Factor and Got Talent. THE X FACTOR was created by Syco Television and is produced by Syco Television and FremantleMedia. Local versions of The X Factor are produced in more than 41 territories and the US version of The X Factor airs in over 166 countries. Artists discovered by The X Factor format have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 110 number ones, 270 top 10, and 501 top 50 releases. During 2012 Got Talent became the world's biggest selling TV format and is now commissioned in 52 countries as a local format.  The US version, America's Got Talent, is NBC's leading summer entertainment format and additionally airs in 152 countries. 

COLUMBIA RECORDS
One of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, Columbia Records is home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

SAVAN KOTECHA
Renowned songwriter, producer and talent coach, Savan Kotecha has worked with the biggest names in music, penning such hits as Maroon 5's "One More Night", One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful", Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat", Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go" and Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and "Scream". The recipient of 6 BMI Awards and 2 ASCAP and Billboard Music Awards, Kotecha's songs have achieved #1 status the world over, having sold more than 70 million copies. Kotecha has served as talent coach on both US and UK seasons of Simon Cowell's "The X Factor," helping its budding talents round out their talents. Savan has a label imprint through Syco Music called "Mr Kanani".

SOURCE Columbia Records



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