WHAT IS SH-K-BOOM RECORDS?
Founded in 2000 by Kurt Deutsch and Sherie Rene Scott, Sh-K-Boom and its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in musical theatre recording-shining a light towards its future while continuing to honor its past. The label is renowned for its efforts to encourage and support the music of the most innovative new voices on Broadway, to help bridge the gap between pop/rock and musicals, and to preserve the scores of important works. As a label created by and for the Broadway community, the company has reinvented the musical theatre recording landscape through their high-quality recordings, innovative marketing techniques to reach the next generation of Broadway music fans, and the creation of a new type of ‘United Artists' environment for Broadway producers and artists to participate in the funding and co-ownership of their albums.
SH-K-BOOM RECORDS: Bridging the Gap Between Pop Music and Theater
Rooted in early rock releases from artists Sherie Rene Scott, Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley, Sh-K-Boom Records was founded to give voice to a new breed of Broadway performers, resulting from the evolving world of musical theater in the late nineties like Rent.
Kurt and Sherie recognized that composers were coming from not only the musical theatre world, but also from every genre of popular music, and that the full musical potential of the actors performing these new musicals was being overlooked by major record labels due to their niche audience. They also saw that the music industry was being revolutionized, with the internet playing a larger role both in connecting musicians directly with their audiences and in distributing music, thereby giving artists greater freedom to create the music they want, without having to work within the constraints of traditional record labels.
Sh-K-Boom has, from the start, been committed to working with individual artists, groups, and composers to give them the guidance and freedom necessary to create the music they want and have direct access and interaction with their fans through the web and live performances.
They began the popular Sh-K-Boom Room… Fueled by revolution of the music industry and the evolution of the musical performer, Sh-K-Boom Records is dedicated to bringing passionate, fresh artists and their music to a whole new audience.
Read Sh-K-Boom Records' Original Mission Statement
GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS: An Independent Home for the Cast Album
Ghostlight recently celebrated a major milestone with their Grammy-winning release of The Book of Mormon, which became the first Broadway cast recording to break into Billboard's Top 10 since the original 1969 release of Hair, as well as taking its place as the biggest-selling digital release of a cast recording of all time. In addition, their release of the smash hit Newsies debuted #1 on the iTunes Soundtracks chart and in the Top 15 of the overall iTunes chart, and also won the Tony Award® for Best Original Score.
Also recently released on the label are the premiere recording of Carrie, the new Grammy-nominated cast recording of Anything Goes, plus the OCRs Catch Me If You Can, Sister Act and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as solo albums from some of Broadway's biggest stars: Sutton Foster, Kelli O'Hara, Alice Ripley, Linda Lavin, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen.
In recent Broadway seasons, Ghostlight has preserved the scores of some of Broadway's most well-known musicals, including the Grammy Award-winning In the Heights, plus Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone.