After a flurry of speculation in recent weeks, Big Machine Label Group officially signed iconic songwriter and prolific singer Steven Tyler to its superstar artist roster. The Aerosmith frontman previously confirmed the release of a solo album during a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. Tyler’s first project is expected to be released later this year on Dot Records.
“There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine, and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project…and Dot Records is the right fit,” Tyler says in a statement. “My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and the Carter Family and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots. I’ve been working with some fucking epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with their style and groove,” Tyler shared after the signing.
“There was an immediate connection with Scott and Big Machine, and Nashville seems like the perfect segue for a solo project.”
Tyler joins global entertainers Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, The Mavericks, Martina McBride and Ronnie Dunn as well as chart-toppers Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett; breakout duo Maddie & Tae in addition to rising entertainers The Cadillac Three, RaeLynn, A Thousand Horses, Cassadee Pope, Drake White, Danielle Bradbery, Levi Hummon, Seth Alley and Waterloo Revival.
“I have never met a more passionate human being than Steven. When he goes in, he goes all in, which is the culture of Dot Records and the Big Machine Label Group,” said BMLG President and CEO Scott Borchetta. “I truly cannot wait for the world to hear the phenomenal music that he is creating and I really feel that this chapter of his career will be among his best. He bleeds love and he bleeds music. Pinch me – it’s Steven Fkg Tyler!”
Tyler and Aerosmith have sold more than 150 million records worldwide, garnering numerous Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and an Emmy Award. Inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2013, Tyler has earned nine #1 hits, 25 Gold, 18 Platinum and 12 Multi-Platinum album certifications, in addition to earning the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Pop Awards.