Winnipeg Spawns New Urban Label

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Already home to a wide variety of record labels, Winnipeg is welcoming a newcomer to the local music industry. URBNRG Records was launched on April 14 at two press conferences from the impressive Studio A at Platinum/Gold Studios on Selkirk Avenue. The label, which will run out of the same building as Platinum/Gold and internationally-recognized label Sunshine Records, will be dedicated to urban music.

“URBNRG will bring a potent combination of production values and marketing punch to some of Canada’s top urban artists,” Jamie "JamCo" Hall, URBNRG's A&R and marketing whiz, said in a recent release. “We have the talent on the street, now we will have a vehicle to take that talent to the top.”

URBNRG will release local hip-hop duo 12seven's debut, Focused, which will be distributed Sunshine Records. 12seven was on hand to perform a few songs for the April 14 press conference after a short presentation by Hall. Hall indicated that URBNRG, in addition to releasing albums, will soon be making tracks available for download off its site.

For more information about URBNRG Records, please visit them online at www.urbnrg.com.

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