ABOUT NICHE MUSIC GROUP
Stephen Wilde and Jon Clunies see the potential of a new medium for selling audio recordings - The iTunes Store, and create a record label to sell the releases of their world-champion barbershop quartet, Joker's Wild (1994 International Quartet Champions of The Barbershop Harmony Society) and The Pittsburghers (1948 International Quartet Champions of The Barbershop Harmony Society). The experiment proves successful, so they decide to extend the opportunity to other barbershop quartets, signing the Rural Route 4 (1986 International Champions of The Barbershop Harmony Society) to their fledgling record label.
Stephen and Jon invite the remaining two members of of Joker’s Wild - Steve Legters and Dave Kindinger into the partnership, and found Naked Voice Records, a record label specializing in a cappella artists.
Naked Voice Records becomes the official producer and distributor of competition recordings of The Barbershop Harmony Society. It also signs 1990 International Quartet Champions of The Barbershop Harmony Society - ACOUSTIX, and and popular doo-wop ensemble, The Alley Cats.
NVR signs The Westminster Chorus and legendary barbershop quartet, Suntones.
Naked Voice Records signs 2006 International Quartet Champion of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Vocal Spectrum, acclaimed 11-time world champion chorus, The Vocal Majority, and the Association of International Champions, the organization of world champion barbershop quartets.
The partnership announces the founding of a jazz label, Monster Jazz Records, and signs NYC-based jazz/hip-hop ensemble, Primordial Jazz Funktet.
The company launches its third label - No Cover Records, dedicated to the Great American Songbook, and signs multiple MAC-award-winner, Julie Reyburn. It releases its first recording, Julie Reyburn: Live At Feinstein’s, recorded by Jon Clunies and Stephen Wilde, and produced by Stephen Wilde, which wins the Award for Outstanding Recording at The Bistro Awards in New York City in 2010. The Westminster Chorus wins the Pavarotti Trophy in the Choir Of The World competition at Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.
Naked Voice Records becomes the official producer and distributor of competition recordings of Sweet Adelines International.
The company launches its 4th label - Cavern Records, dedicated to pop, rock, and R&B artists, and releases its second original production, William Blake: Live From New York City, also produced by Stephen Wilde, and recorded at Birdland in New York City, which is nominated for album of the year by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). Cavern Records signs Marquee Five, the MAC-award-winning vocal ensemble, and releases their first recording, 8-Track Throwback, to great acclaim by the New York press. Naked Voice Records signs multiple world-champion chorus, The Ambassadors of Harmony, and celebrated Queens of Harmony of Sweet Adelines International, Ambiance.
The company founds a label dedicated to the country music genre, Wheat Fields Music, signing Caitlyn Green, the 14-year-old country singer-songwriter from Nashville, and releases her debut EP.
The partnership renames No Cover Records to American Songbook Records, and establishes the parent company, Niche Music Group (NMG), pulling together the 5 labels under one roof. Vocal Spectrum III wins Best Barbershop Album by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America.
NMG creates Amazing Grace Records, a new label dedicated to inspirational music, and signs the Good News Gospel Quartet.
Stephen Wilde is elected CEO of Niche Music Group. Amazing Grace Records produces its first audio release: Missa Appassionata: The Bay Ridge Mass.
Niche Music Group, LLC is a privately held company based in New York City, NY.
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