Minneapolis, MN---Jan.24, 2002---Navarre Corporation (Nasdaq: NAVR) announced today that the Company has signed an exclusive distribution agreement, in North America, with record company, Native Language Music, LLC. Based in Irvine, California, and focusing on Smooth Jazz and New Age genres, the music imprint will release 6-8 CDs annually through Navarre Entertainment Media (NEM).
The first release of 2002 on the Native Language label, due February 26, will be "Smooth Jazz Awards Collection, Vol. 2." A compilation of greatest hits, the CD boasts tracks from such Smooth Jazz Award-nominated artists as Peter White, Richard Elliot, Spyro Gyra, Chuck Loeb, Urban Knights, and Jeff Lorber; plus a brand-new version of Michael Jackson¹s 1979 hit, "Rock With You," recorded by saxophonist Everette Harp and bassist Brian Bromberg.
Steve Pritchitt, Sr. VP of Navarre Entertainment Media, states, "Native Language is a unique company representing many established artists and titles. We believe the label will become an important force in their targeted musical genres and we welcome their artistry and their executive team to Navarre."
At the helm of Native Language Music, is President/CEO Joe Sherbanee, a self-made entrepreneur and record executive, who formerly worked in Product Management at Warner Bros. Records and Artist Relations at Borman Entertainment. Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Denny Stilwell is President of Unisound Marketing and Promotions concurrently and, previously, was head of sales at JVC Jazz. Sherbanee founded Native Language in 1996 with partner and recording artist Theo Bishop. Bishop has produced and written for artists such as Solomon Burke, Gary Puckett, Peter Noone, and the Russian rock band, Avtograf.
"We're thrilled to be doing business with Navarre," comments Sherbanee. "From the start, they have been committed to building a productive relationship. They are extremely professional and are eager to contribute to the growth of our company. We look forward to a long and successful partnership in the coming years."
Native Language Music, LLC, is a division of the Native Language Entertainment Group, LLC, which also has interests in music publishing, feature film and television production, and event services.
Navarre Corporation¹s major business groups are: Navarre Distribution Services, which distributes quality consumer software, video games, major label music and DVD and VHS video to a broad base of retailers nationwide; Navarre Entertainment Media, distributes proprietary, independent music and DVD in the United States and Canada; the company operates a "business to business" Internet E-Commerce web site www.navarre.com.