Relish Plan June Release

Rock Ridge Music will release Relish's forthcoming album, "Connected," in June 2011.

Initial plans call for release in the UK, Ireland and the U.S., with the first single, "Something To Believe In," scheduled for digital release on March 11, 2011.

Says Rock Ridge Music CEO Tom Derr of the signing: "Relish encompasses exactly what this business is about to Rock Ridge Music - great songs and great people."

Band vocalist/guitarist Ken Papenfus is pleased about the deal, saying, "The reason we signed a label deal with Rock Ridge was a very simple one for us. Tom Derr. Inspired." His brother, band drummer/vocalist Carl Papenfus agrees, stating, "This is a fantastic opportunity for the best album we have ever done."

Relish, who hail from County Down, North Ireland, have sold platinum albums, won prestigious music awards, written global hits, graced some of the world's most famous stages and have fans among the likes of Paul Weller, Brian May, and U2, and are virtually unknown beyond Ireland. The trio formed in the mid-90s and signed with EMI Ireland in 1998, where they released two albums. They began recording their debut album, "Wildflowers," with John Leckie (Radiohead), and the album was subsequently finished by Al Clay (mixer for the Stereophonics and The Pixies). A string of Irish radio hits from "Wildflowers" followed, resulting in a platinum album, awards, glowing reviews, and numerous high-profile endorsements from the likes of U2's Larry Mullen Jr. and Queen's Brian May, who paid them the courtesy of a handwritten letter expressing his appreciation. U2 personally invited the band to play at their first Slane Castle show in front of 80,000 people. Relish also supported the Stereophonics, Coldplay, Kelis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Ocean Colour Scene.

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