Spirit Music Group, a leading independent music publisher, announced today the signing of a multi-year North American publishing administration agreement with singer-songwriter and musician Zooey Deschanel

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NEW YORK (February 19, 2014) Spirit Music Group, a leading independent music publisher, announced today the signing of a multi-year North American publishing administration agreement with singer-songwriter and musician Zooey Deschanel.  Through the deal, Spirit will provide a wide range of creative services for Deschanel’s complete back catalog and future works.




Deschanel, a prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is best known for her work in She & Him, a collaboration with writer/artist M Ward.  Since their debut in 2008, the duo have released four acclaimed albums which have sold more than 1 million copies, including holiday perennial A Very She & Him Christmas and last year’s Volume 3. 




She & Him have attracted a legion of fans in recent years, playing festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Savannah, Sasquatch, Verve and SXSW and launching a successful U.S. tour in 2013 and all of their releases have landed in the upper reaches of the Billboard Album chart. 




Deschanel has also regularly contributed songs to films in which she has acted, including “Yes Man,” “Bridge To Terabithia,” “500 Days Of Summer” and, perhaps most famously, “Elf,” which featured her classic performances of the holiday standards “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town”.   She has been a regular presence on network television, as well, acting and occasionally singing on such acclaimed shows as “House,” “The Simpsons” and “The New Girl,” the popular Fox sitcom in which she stars and for which she wrote and produced the theme song.




Spirit President/CEO Mark Fried said, “Zooey is a true renaissance woman.  Whether she’s writing songs, singing, acting or producing, she is one of the most passionate, authentic artists of her generation.  We’re delighted to have an opportunity to work with Zooey in shining a light on her songs and introducing projects across music and media which will allow her to grow her craft and expand her creative palate.”




About Spirit Music


Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world’s leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 75,000 songs spanning seven decades and every musical genre. The company’s repertoire reflects some of the most beloved songs and songwriters of all time including hits by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holliday, Elmore James, Elvis Presley, Charles Mingus, Dion, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Santana, The Beach Boys, Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, Alice Cooper, Pure Prairie League, Chicago, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, The Go-Go’s, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Ricky Martin, Usher, Dido, Jewel and Mary J. Blige; the complete catalogs of such iconic songwriters and writer/artists as Pete Townshend, T.Rex, Boz Scaggs, The Marshall Tucker Band, Billy Squier, Andrea Bocelli, Charles Mingus, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Rick Nowels, C&C Music Factory; and the breakthrough work of such newer artists as Scissor Sisters, The Naked & Famous, Matt & Kim, Kid Karate, Old Crow Medicine Show, Soft Swells, Kyla LaGrange and San Cisco.  Spirit also represents the master recordings of such classic labels as Brunswick, Concord and k-Tel, and buzzing independent labels Fat Possum and The End. The company has earned a strong reputation as an aggressive royalty administrator and a peerless promoter of its songs into film, television and advertising productions as well as a wide range of new media. In recent years, Spirit’s creative staff has helped transform the publisher’s role beyond royalty collection and song promotion to proactive career and legacy partnership, creating and executing marketing plans to revitalize its clients’ songs and expand their brands. Spirit Music Group is based in New York with affiliate offices all over the world.



For further information about Spirit Music Group, go to www.spiritmusicgroup.com.

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