Dome Records is pleased to announce the worldwide signing of singer-songwriter Brenda Russell.

She will record her debut album for the label in London and Los Angeles. It will be the first time Brenda has recorded in the UK and she plans to collaborate with several UK writer/producers.

The CD will be released in the UK and Europe in the spring of 2004 with a U.S. release planned for late summer. On June 9 of this year, Dome is also issuing a greatest hits album in the UK only entitled So Good, So Right: The Best of Brenda Russell. The compilation includes one new song "It's A Jazz Day," which will be included on Brenda's upcoming solo set as well.

Over the past couple of years Brenda has been co-writing - with Allee Willis and Stephen Bray - the music for a Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, set to hit the stage in 2004.

London-based Dome - the UK's leading soul and R&B independent - made its first foray into the US market with the album Soul Organic by Hil St Soul, which yielded the most-played vocal track of 2001 at Smooth Jazz radio, "Until You Come Back To Me". More recently the label released neo-soul artist Donna Gardier's album Home.

Dome president Peter Robinson says: "I've been a fan of Brenda's from the very beginning. We have some very special collaborations planned for the new album".