Idol Runner Up LaPorsha Renae Gets Record Deal!
According to BillBoard.com, American Idol winner Trent Harmon will embark on a country music career as an artist on 19/Big Machine Records. And unlike recent seasons, when the runner-up has not necessarily been offered a label deal, La'Porsha Renae will also be joining the Universal Music Group family, signing with 19/Big Machine/Motown Records, in partnership with Big Machine. The Labels stated:
"Because of the overwhelming fan demand and success of the farewell season of American Idol, we have made the decision to sign both the winner, Trent Harmon, and runner-up, La'Porsha Renae, to exclusive recording agreements," Big Machine Label Group founder and CEO Scott Borchetta tellsBillboard. "I can't think of a better way to bring this American institution to a close. Everyone at the Big Machine Label Group, the Universal Music Group and Motown Records are so thrilled with the outcome and can't wait to get to work."
Renae's album will be overseen by Ethiopia Habtemariam, president of Motown and president of urban music/co-head of creative at Universal Music Publishing Group, who tells Billboard, "We are extremely excited to partner with Big Machine and 19 Entertainment on such an incredible talent as La'Porsha."
No word on when the albums will be released but we're super excited for the outcome!