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Yanks’ Williams joins music’s big league

Slugger to release 'Journey within' debut on July 15

HOLLYWOOD — New York Yankee centerfielder and guitarist-composer Bernie Williams has signed with Paul McCartney’s MPL Communications to represent his songs for placement in film, television, advertising and alternative media.

Williams, now on the disabled list, will release his debut album, “The Journey Within” (GRP/Verve), on July 15. He is the first Latin and jazz artist signed to MPL, which controls rights to songs by Harold Arlen, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Frank Loesser, Bessie Smith and, of course, McCartney.

“We recognize just how exceptional Bernie’s material is and we will promote the mass appeal of his songs and bring more awareness of Bernie as artist and songwriter,” said Bill Porricelli, senior VP, promotion and new product development. “We fell in love with his music.”

Williams studied music on scholarship beginning at age 13 in his native Puerto Rico. He has won four World Series championships with the Yankees and is a five-time All-Star. His first radio single is “Just Because.”

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