Liz Phair, whose widely influential 1990s albums have been enjoying a revival in recent years, has signed a new deal with the relaunched Chrysalis Records and will release her first album in a decade next year, the company announced Wednesday.
Phair’s albums, particularly her 1993 debut “Exile in Guyville” and the follow-up “Whip-Smart,” have influenced two generations of young female singer-songwriters. Among other recent activities, she recently participated in an interview with fellow ‘90s icon Alanis Morissette.
Debuting with gold-selling album “Exile in Guyville,” which Rolling Stone ranked as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Phair has since released five more records. Alongside her music, Liz signed a publishing deal with Random House and released her memoir “Horror Stories” in 2019.
Rescheduled for 2021 is a European tour with Morrissette and a series of North American dates with both Morrissette and Garbage. Phair joins labelmate Laura Marling, who was co-signed to Chrysalis with Partisan Records.
Liz Phair said “I could not be more proud to be signed to Chrysalis, a legendary label that has found a new and exciting iteration with Robin and Jeremy. From our first call, I was struck by their intelligence and musical sensitivity. The level of communication was beyond anything I had hoped for. They hear the way I hear. I feel like I have found a home at Chrysalis and that we will do great work together. I am humbled and honoured to embark on this next part of my career in the sure and steady hands of some of the best in the business.”
Jeremy Lascelles, CEO Chrysalis Records said “When I first heard Liz’s music in the ‘90s I was completely bowled over by the candour and emotional honesty of her song writing. The cultural impact she made, not only in America where she quickly achieved iconic status, but also here in the UK was profound.
“Fast forward to earlier this year when I had the opportunity to hear her new album. I was intrigued as to what it would sound like. One track in and I was hooked. There is so much character and personality oozing from every song, she sings better than ever, and the record is a total blast from beginning to end. She is an important artist, with as much to say now as she ever did, and it is a thrill and an honour to have her on Chrysalis Records.”]
Robin Millar, Chairman Blue Raincoat Chrysalis Group said “Perhaps the most conspicuous thing about my career as a producer is how few records I’ve been involved in. The reason is that I never took a job for money or where I didn’t truly revere the gift of the artists. We wanted to carry the same values into Chrysalis and to have Liz Phair as our first US signing is nothing short of fantasy for me, as I was living and working in Northern California when Liz changed the game for female artists forever. As Jeremy quite rightly indicates, the new record is so much more than a return to form. It’s a truly great album. This record will not only blow Liz Phair fans away but has the potential to entrance a whole army of new fans.”