Monument Records is back

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Monument Records, the home of Roy Orbison and the Dixie Chicks, is back in action.

Sony Music announced the re-launching of Monument today with industry veterans Jason Owen and Shane McAnally serving as co-presidents of the label. Caitlyn Smith and Walker Hayes are Monument's first artists.

Owen has worked at Nashville labels in various positions, while McAnally has a strong reputation as a songwriter.

"It has always been in my nature to create new paths and identify unique opportunities for artists, especially for those who don't necessarily fit into one particular box," Owen said. "I've been waiting to find the perfect scenario, to explore that passion and take it to the next level, and this partnership with Shane and Sony is the perfect opportunity to purposefully sign and market excellent music from unique, one-of-a-kind artists, regardless of genre boundaries. It is something that we believe is needed. Instead of focusing solely on how we think an artist might fit into our business model, we are championing their individuality and ability to create incredible music and then forging a path for each artist using Monument as the vehicle for their music to reach the masses."

"Co-heading a label with Jason Owen was the easiest decision I've ever made," said McAnally. "The opportunity to work side-by-side with artists and their respective teams, to see a project from start to finish has been a dream of mine for a long time. I am always drawn to projects and artists who are met with the question of, 'Where does this fit?' I believe that an artist who doesn't seem to fit anywhere, actually fits everywhere. Monument will be the place for projects of credibility that need creative and unorthodox ways of getting heard. Walker Hayes and Caitlyn Smith are both impossible to compare to anyone else; they are true originals and originality is what we intend to buildMonument on."

Smith, from Cannon Falls, Minn,, is best known for co-writing "Like I'm Gonna Lose You," Meghan Trainor's duet with John Legend. She has enjoyed success as a songwriter having cuts with Jason Aldean for "It Ain't Easy," Lady Antebellum ("747"), Rascal Flatts ("Let it Hurt") and Cassadee Pope ("Wasting All These Tears"). Garth Brooks cut her song "Tacoma," while Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton recorded "You Can't Make Old Friends."

Hayes, an Alabama native, had already worked with McAnally. Hayes released EPs last year.

McAnally has written and/or produced more than 25 number 1 songs. He also has worked with Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Old Dominion and Brandy Clark.

Originally founded in 1958, Monument Records built a reputation as a label that crossed genres, blending sounds and styles with the release of Monument's first hit "Gotta Travel On" by Billy Grammer, "Only The Lonely" by Orbison, along with Kris Kristofferson, Connie Smith, Little Big Town, Parton and Dixie Chicks.