NASHVILLE, TN Thursday Mar.8.2007 / -- Arista Nashville has agreed to release Phil Vassar from his contract, in order for him to sign with newly reorganized Universal Records South.

"Arista's been my record label from the beginning, and it's been an amazing seven years - from 'Carlene' on to last year's 'Greatest Hits' and going number one with 'Last Day of My Life,'" Vassar says. "I think that as artists change and grow musically, it's important to shake things up on the business side, too. And a career mile marker like the Hits disc just makes the timing feel right to make a fresh start."

This change marks a new creative step for Vassar as he begins his relationship with Universal Records South.

"I have admired Mark Wright and his production for years," Vassar adds. "I am excited to be able to work with Mark both as my label president and my producer. Fletcher Foster [GM of Universal Records South] was one of the people who signed me to Arista. His passion and excitement is contagious."

Wright, President of Universal Records South, said, "Phil has written, for himself and others, songs that have shaped the sound of country music as we know it today. His live performance and incredible vocal abilities round out the triple threat it takes to be a superstar. We're very honored that he has chosen to join the Universal Records South team."

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