Web Helps Spawn New Music Careers
"Singer-songwriter Geoff Byrd’s Internet fame has been growing slowly over the past year. As an unsigned artist on the GarageBand.com Web site, his music was consistently rated high, and ultimately drew strong support from Live365 and Microsoft’s MSN. For a short time last December he was the most-played rock act on Net radio, beating out U2 and Green Day, according to Webcast raters RadioWave Airplay Monitor.
"All of that was enough to garner him attention from major labels, but no record contract. So this week, his managers–who include the founding member of the band Kansas–are signing Byrd to their own new label that will give him national distribution through a Universal Music Group affiliate and access to mainstream radio stations around the country."
John Borland. Singer Breaking from Net to Mainstream. News.com. April 22, 2005.