The internationally available producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist, Sergio Mendes, has signed with the Sony Music Masterworks imprint OKeh Records.
The new recording featuring eclectic and upbeat Brazilian rhythms will feature guest vocalists John Legend, Janelle Monae among others. The album will be available in May in advance of the 2014 World Cup.
One of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time, Mendes has recorded more than 35 albums and has won 3 Grammy Awards.
In 2012, Mendes received his first Oscar nomination in the music category for “Real In Rio” from the animated, 3-D feature film Rio.
In addition to being the executive music producer for the blockbuster film, he also contributed five songs to the movie.
Sergio Mendes will again provide the music for the upcoming animated feature sequel Rio 2 coming in April. Sony Classical will release the score for the film composed by John Powell on April 7th.
“Sergio is a music legend and we are proud at OKeh that he chose the label for the next chapter in his astonishing career,” said Wulf Muller, who oversees A&R for OKeh Records.
Sony Music Masterworks comprises the Masterworks, Sony Classical, OKeh, Portrait, Masterworks Broadway, and Flying Buddha imprints.
Photo courtesy: Sony Music Masterworks / Sergio Mendes