Matt Corby is now a label owner.
The chart-topping Australian singer and songwriter joins forces with his longstanding producer, writer and collaborator Alex Henriksson on Rainbow Valley Records (RVR), a new joint-venture with Warner Music Australia.
Unveiled Tuesday (Aug. 9), RVR is Corby’s brainchild, the idea for which came from his Rainbow Valley studios in northern New South Wales.
Corby, a Newcastle native, has worked with a string of Australian artists at the studio, some of whom have gone on to impressive careers, including Jarryd James, Tia Gostelow and others.
Now, with the label, he wants to take the discovery and development process to another level.
“I’m pumped to step into a different role in the industry. To assist new and established artists from the perspective of an artist,” says Corby in a statement. “I’ve learned a lot over the last decade and am looking forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to the table for this new company. I’m excited to share the music we have already been a part of and will continue to foster with a diverse crew of people, hopefully, for years to come.”
Corby and Henriksson are keen to sign and nurture artists across “multiple genres and diverse backgrounds,” according to a statement announcing the JV.
“I am excited to start working alongside this amazing team curating and facilitating a range of super special artists from our country and around the world,” adds Henriksson. “This is an opportunity I could only dream about and to see it coming to life makes me truly grateful.”
Corby’s career took off with his 2011 debut release “Brother,” which came in at No. 3 on both the ARIA Singles Chart and Triple J’s Hottest 100 Poll, and snagged the ARIA Award for song of the year.
His debut album Telluric topped the ARIA Albums Chart following its release in 2016. It’s followup, 2018’s Rainbow Valley, bowed at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart and won the coveted J Award for Australian album of the year, with its single “Miracle Love” winning the Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition.
The new venture is the first signing by Dan Rosen as president of Warner Music Australasia. “It is a new era for WMA, and Rainbow Valley Records is emblematic of what will stand for as a company – putting great music and brilliant creativity at the heart of everything we do,” comments Rosen. “I cannot wait to start working with Alex and Matt and bringing the artists and music from Rainbow Valley to Australia and the world.”