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|Genre||Pop, rock, folk, alternative|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Location||Evanston, Illinois, United States|
|Official website||Aware Records|
Aware Records is an American record label, existent to seek unsigned musical artists and expose them to the mainstream media. The label has had success with a range of artists, including John Mayer, Train, Five For Fighting, Mat Kearney and Guster.
Aware Records was founded in 1993 by Gregg Latterman with the simple intention to find the best unsigned acts in the country and increase their national exposure through a compilation album. In the fall of 1995, the label formed the inaugural Aware Tour, utilizing its marketing team to pack venues from Nashville to Boston. The first tour built a strong foundation leading to larger, more aggressive, national tours from 1996 to 1999. In July 1997, Aware entered into an agreement with Columbia Records providing the major label with grassroots artist development, and Aware access to national marketing and distribution. By 1998, Aware secured national sponsorship from Levi's and Nantucket Nectars. In 1999, Aware embraced the power of the Internet in the music business and secured sponsorships from Efollett.com and Liquid Audio. The 2003 Aware Tour was sponsored by Ice breakers and featured Toad the Wet Sprocket as headliner, with Aware bands Wheat and Bleu as supporting acts. Aware's joint venture with Columbia Records was renewed in the summer of 2002.
Through Aware's relationship with Columbia Records, they have released full-length albums by artists such as Train, Five for Fighting and John Mayer. Aware's rise in the music industry has also afforded the company many unique opportunities. Aware was the exclusive CD retailer for the H.O.R.D.E. tours from 1995–1998 and Woodstock '99. In the July 2010 Aware's joint venture deal with Columbia expired; Aware has since signed a new deal with Universal Republic.
Current Aware artists include Mat Kearney and Zack Heckendorf.
Formed in October 1999, A-Squared Management (or A² Management) is a separate management division whose current clients include, Cary Brothers, Emily Hearn, Five For Fighting, Jason Lehning, Mat Kearney, Mayday Parade, and William Beckett .The label currently has just two artists signed (compared to 4-5 at its peak in the early 2000s), while the management division has 10 artists currently under management.
Former management clients include The Fray, Liz Phair, Brandi Carlile, Motion City Soundtrack, Jack's Mannequin, This Providence and Brendan Benson.
Note: These artists have a current or previous affiliation with Aware Records, however they may not have released any albums through the label.
- List of record labels
- Columbia Records
- Columbia Records artists
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Sony BMG Music Entertainment