SOURCE: Savoy Label Group, LLC

October 12, 2006 06:00 ET

Jim Brickman's "Escape" Debuts # 1 New Age and Billboard Top 200

Also Most Added on Radio and Records Smooth Jazz and A/C Charts

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 12, 2006 -- The Savoy Label Group (SLG) is proud to announce the first week sales success of platinum artist Jim Brickman on his SLG Records debut, "Escape," which has entered the Billboard New Age chart at # 1 and hits the Billboard Top 200 Pop Chart. It's a particularly strong showing as Brickman's first project for the label features a stellar showcase of the pianist's composing, performing and songwriting talents. With collaborators such as Sara Evans, Gerald Albright and Marc Antoine, "Escape" is poised for success due to exposure at multiple radio formats. "Escape" debuted #1 most added on Radio and Records A/C chart and Smooth Jazz charts this week.

Brickman's first collaboration with SLG Records is a fine return to form for the chart-topping, multi-platinum artist. "Escape" is a lush, unabashed work of romanticism, both in the instrumental compositions and vocal ballads -- a niche that he almost single-handedly dominates. Like his numerous gold and platinum-selling projects, "Escape" features an enchanting collection of gorgeous piano compositions, romantic piano and vocal ballads and rhythmic light jazz selections. The Academy of Country Music's "Female Vocalist of the Year," Sara Evans, provides powerhouse vocals on "Never Alone." Gerald Levert (who attended the same high school in Cleveland with Jim) adds his effortlessly fluid vocals on the beautiful lullaby, "My Angel." Other guests appearing on "Escape" include guitarist extraordinaire Marc Antoine, vocalists Geoff Byrd and Jake Simpson and violinist David Klinkenberg.

Jim Brickman's remarkable career includes six Gold and Platinum selling albums, three #1 and twelve Top 10 Adult Contemporary radio hits, consistent debuts at #1 on Billboard Magazine's New Age chart, a Grammy nomination in 2003, SESAC "Songwriter of the Year" award, a Canadian Country Music Award for "Best Vocal/Instrumental Collaboration," a Dove Award presented by the Gospel Music Association for "The Gift" and sold out concert tours internationally. Brickman embarks on his US "Holiday Tour 2006" on November 3 and will cover over 40 cities.

The Savoy Label Group (SLG) features not only the historic Savoy Jazz label but also the Denon, Denon Classics, Kin Kou and 429 Records labels. SLG is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia), the oldest music company in Japan. Headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, Columbia Music Entertainment has re-emerged as a significant creative force with a stable of newly signed platinum-selling artists. SLG is one of the most successful marketers of adult music in the U.S. and focuses on classical, jazz, new age, world and adult alternative genres.

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