Lyric Street Records

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Lyric Street Records
Parent companyDisney Music Group
Founded1997 (1997)
FounderRandy Goodman
Defunct2010 (2010)
Country of originU.S.
LocationNashville, Tennessee

Lyric Street Records was the Disney Music Group's country music record label, founded in 1997 by Randy Goodman. The label had its first successes in 1998 with singles by Lari White and Aaron Tippin, both formerly of RCA Records. Other artists who recorded for the label included SHeDAISY and the label's most successful act, Rascal Flatts. A subsidiary label, Carolwood Records, existed between 2008 and 2009. Lyric Street Records was closed in 2010, with most of the former acts moving to other labels or exiting music entirely.


President Randy Goodman, formerly a general manager for RCA Records, founded the original unnamed label in June 1997 as a division of Hollywood Records and started operations on August 1.[1][2] Its first act was Lari White, who was formerly signed with RCA. Aaron Tippin, also then with RCA, and Violets, originally performing as the Osborne Sisters, were also in discussions about signing with the label as of December 1997. Goodman's plan for the company includes having no in-house producers and rely on Artists and repertoire division. Lyric Street Records was incorporated on May 19, 1998.[3]

SHeDAISY signed to the label in 1999 followed by Rascal Flatts. Rascal Flatts debuted with Lyric Street in 2000 with the single "Prayin' for Daylight" and soon replaced SheDAISY as the company's flagship act.[4] In December 2006, Lyric Street signed Bucky Covington, an American Idol finalist.[5]

The label launched a subsidiary label, Carolwood Records, in October 2008.[6] Jessica Andrews was the first artist signed to this subsidiary label, followed by Trent Tomlinson (who was formerly signed to Lyric Street proper) and Love and Theft. Carolwood was shuttered in November 2009, with most of its staff being transferred back to Lyric Street.[7] Love and Theft, Ruby Summer, Trent Tomlinson, and The Parks were moved to Lyric Street.[8]

On April 14, 2010, Disney Music Group announced the closure of the Lyric Street label. This announcement also stated that Bucky Covington, Kevin Fowler, Tyler Dickerson, and Rascal Flatts would be transferred to other branches of Disney Music Group. Buxton, Love and Theft, and The Parks were dropped altogether with the closure of Lyric.[4] By August, Rascal Flatts had transferred to Big Machine Records.[9] In 2011, Love and Theft moved to RCA Nashville.

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  1. ^ "Lyric Street Records chief to lead CMA board". Nashville Business Journal. 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2008-05-31.
  2. ^ Price, Deborah Evans (December 6, 1997). "Lyric Street Looking to the Future". Billboard Magazine. Vol. 109, no. 49. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 30, 33. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  3. ^ "California Secretary of State - Business Search". (Search for Lyric Street Records). Archived from the original on 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Covington, Fowler, Dickerson Follow Rascal Flatts to Disney Music Group". April 15, 2010. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  5. ^ Sarles, Judy (December 27, 2006). "Nashville Business Journal". Nashville Business Journal. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Biz Bits: Disney casts wider net with new sister record label to Lyric Street". Nashville Business Journal. October 19, 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ Lee, Wendy (2009-11-03). "Carolwood Records "functionally" shuttered". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2009-11-03.[dead link]
  8. ^ David M. Ross (2009-11-03). "Lyric Street Shutters Carolwood Imprint". Music Row. Retrieved 2009-11-03.
  9. ^ "Rascal Flatts Sign With Big Machine Records". CMT. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010.

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