ARISTA RECORDS/MONUMENT RECORDS RELEASE NEW EP FOR FOX’S ALL-NEW COUNTRY MUSIC DRAMA, “MONARCH”

Friday, September 9, 2022 - 7:30pm

All Season, New Songs from “MONARCH” Will be Released the Friday Before Each New Episode Premieres

 Watch Exclusive Cowboys & Indians Premiere of
Behind the Music of Monarch: “The Brambles” 
HERE

“MONARCH” Premieres with a Two-Night Event Beginning Immediately
Following “FOX NFL” Doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 11;
Night Two Airs Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Regular Time Period

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arista Records/Monument Records, the official music partner of FOX Entertainment’s highly anticipated new series, MONARCH – a new country music drama about America’s leading family of country music – has released the show’s first EP that includes tracks from this Sunday’s premiere.  The EP includes original track “The Brambles,” performed by the MONARCH Cast, featuring multi-Platinum country music star and three-time Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award winner Trace Adkins (“Old Henry”) and Golden Globe nominee Anna Friel (“Pushing Daisies”), as well as covers of country classics including “Family Tradition,” performed by MONARCH cast members Friel, Beth Ditto, Inigo Pascual, Joshua Sasse; “Good Hearted Woman,” performed by Adkins; and “How Do I Live,” performed by Friel and Ditto.  
 
The songs were produced by three-time GRAMMY Award nominee and series executive music producer Adam Anders and co-produced by Peer Åström. The EP’s original track, “The Brambles” was written by Adam Anders, Tom Douglas and Jordan Shellhart.  Listen to the EP 
HERE.
 
The new music follows the release of a number of tracks from the show, including 
“American Cowgirl,” performed by Friel, a cover of “A Country Boy Can Survive” by Adkins, as well as the show’s theme song, “The Card You Gamble,” performed by powerhouse vocalist Caitlyn Smith. The series will feature many original songs and covers performed by cast members and upcoming guest stars.
 
MONARCH debuts with a special two-night event, beginning Sunday, Sept. 11, immediately following the FOX NFL doubleheader (8:00-9:00 PM ET, and simultaneously to all time zones). It then makes its time period premiere Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the Season Six debut of THE RESIDENT (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). 
 
In MONARCH, the Roman family is headed by the insanely talented, but tough-as-nails Queen of Country Music DOTTIE CANTRELL ROMAN (Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, “Feud,” “Thelma & Louise”) and her beloved husband, “Texas Truthteller” ALBIE ROMAN (Adkins). Dottie and Albie have created a country music dynasty. But even though the Roman name is synonymous with authenticity, the very foundation of their success is a lie. And when their reign as country royalty is put in jeopardy, heir to the crown NICOLETTE "NICKY" ROMAN (Friel) will stop at nothing to protect her family's legacy, while ensuring her own quest for stardom.  
 
Middle child LUKE ROMAN (Joshua Sasse, “Galavant”) is the CEO of the family's business, Monarch Entertainment. Luke is the apple of his mother's eye, but he has a troubled relationship with his father, whose approval he can never get, no matter how hard he tries. Youngest daughter GIGI TUCKER-ROMAN (singer/songwriter Beth Ditto, “On Becoming a God in Central Florida”) is very close to her older brother and sister, but in a family of superstars, Gigi has always felt like a bit of an outcast, in spite of her incredible singing voice. Gigi is married to KAYLA ROMAN-TUCKER (Meagan Holder, “Dave,” “Pitch”), a successful music manager who keeps turning down Luke’s offers to join forces with the family company. Outside business, Kayla’s relationships with the Romans reflect a complicated history, and a secret she is keeping could destroy her marriage to Gigi. ACE GRAYSON (Hollywood newcomer and Filipino recording artist Inigo Pascual) also is part of the family. He is a talented and sensitive 18-year-old who was adopted from an orphanage by Nicky and her husband, struggling British actor CLIVE GRAYSON (guest star Adam Croasdell, “Preacher,” “Reign”). Ace is a phenomenal singer with real swagger on stage, and dreams of being a country star like his Grandpa Albie. And just when the Romans’ world couldn’t get more chaotic, enter CATT PHOENIX (Martha Higareda, “Into The Dark: Culture Shock”), the stunning and unpredictable mother of 17-year-old ANA PHOENIX (Emma Milani, “Solve”), a talented, wide-eyed young singer who is trying to get signed to the Roman family’s record label.
 
MONARCH is 100% owned and produced by FOX Entertainment. Screenwriter Melissa London Hilfers serves as creator, writer and executive producer. Jon Harmon Feldman (“Designated Survivor”) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady (The Jackal Group), Michael Rauch (“Instinct,” “Royal Pains”) and top music manager Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment) also serve as executive producers. Jason Ensler (“The Passage”) directed the series premiere, on which he also served as an executive producer. The series will feature original music and covers.

About FOX Entertainment / FOX Entertainment Music
FOX Entertainment’s 30-year legacy of innovative, hit programming includes 9-1-1, 9-1-1: LONE STAR, THE MASKED SINGER, LEGO MASTERS, THE SIMPSONS, “Empire,” “24,” “The X-Files” and “American Idol.” Delivering high-quality scripted, non-scripted, animation, live content and major sports, FOX won the 2020-2021 broadcast season, marking the second consecutive season it ranked #1. In addition to its broadcast network, FOX Entertainment oversees the operations of FOX Entertainment Studios, its in-house scripted studio, which produces the upcoming country music drama MONARCH; FOX Alternative Entertainment, its in-house unscripted studio that produces THE MASKED SINGER, I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE, DOMINO MASTERS, DON’T FORGET THE LYRICS! and NAME THAT TUNE, among other series; animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, which produces animated content for FOX, including the Emmy Award-winning hit BOB’S BURGERS, as well as THE GREAT NORTH, HOUSEBROKEN and upcoming animated comedies GRIMSBURG, starring and executive-produced by Jon Hamm, and KRAPOPOLIS, from Emmy Award winner Dan Harmon, as well as programming for other broadcast, streaming and cable platforms; and Blockchain Creative Labs, the Web3 creative media and technology company formed in 2021 by FOX Entertainment and Bento Box, to build, launch, manage and sell Non-Fungible Token (NFT) content and experiences, and fungible tokens, as well as digital goods and assets.  FOX Entertainment also recently formed the production venture Studio Ramsay Global, in partnership with award-winning chef, restaurateur and presenter Gordon Ramsay, to develop, produce and distribute culinary and lifestyle programming for FOX, including this past season’s #1 new entertainment program, NEXT LEVEL CHEF. SRG also produces content for FOX’s fast-growing ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) service, Tubi and platforms worldwide. Tubi features more than 40,000 movies and television series, and news content that’s available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Australia. FOX Entertainment recently acquired the entertainment platform TMZ and all its media properties, including its hit syndicated magazine programs, TMZ and TMZ LIVE, and its flagship digital platform, TMZ.com. Most recently, FOX Entertainment acquired MarVista Entertainment, a global leader in made-for-platform original content. Ranking among the world’s leading independent studios, MarVista will focus on developing and producing content for FOX’s digital platforms, including Tubi, as well as for third-party platforms worldwide.
 
Launched in 2019, FOX Entertainment’s music division, FOX Entertainment Music (FEM) has produced a broad music catalog, inclusive of original songs intended for sync licensing, theme songs for FOX-owned productions, and mnemonics for FOX Entertainment, its in-house unscripted studio FOX Alternative Entertainment and Emmy Award-winning animation studio Bento Box Entertainment. In complementing FOX Entertainment’s fast-growing library of owned content, music created by FEM will further expand business revenue and opportunities for the organization across its owned platforms and licensing to third parties. FEM will continue to play an integral role in driving equality and inclusion throughout FOX Entertainment by recruiting a range of diverse voices within the creative community to write, produce and perform music for the division.
 
About Monument Records
Formed under the leadership of Jason Owen and Shane McAnally, Monument Records is a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment. The label’s roster includes Caitlyn Smith, Walker Hayes, Brandon Ratcliff, Alex Hall, Tigirlily and Pillbox Patti.
 
Since Monument’s launch, the artist roster has accumulated over a billion streams, released multi-Platinum singles – including Walker Hayes’ number one, smash hit “Fancy Like” – made major TV appearances on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the TODAY Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Good Morning America, and been written about in the pages of Billboard, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and the New York Times. The label has created major partnerships for their artists with Applebee’s, Boot Barn, OtterBox, The VFW, and Free People, among many other highlights

About Arista Records
Arista Records has historically launched some of the world’s most celebrated recording artists. Founded in 1974 by Clive Davis, Arista was home to musical legends such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Patti Smith. In 2018, eight years after the label had closed, Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer announced that Arista would be relaunched by former president / CEO of Island Records, David Massey, who shepherded the careers of Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Tove Lo, The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi and Mike Posner. Under Massey’s leadership, Arista also includes a joint venture for artist management and music publishing companies, Work of Art Management and Work of Art Publishing. With over 40 years of iconic recorded music history, Arista’s legacy continues with a new generation of inspiring artists who are reshaping the music industry.

Arista Records’ growing roster includes GRAMMY-nominated artist JP Saxe, platinum-selling Italian rock band Måneskin, platinum-selling artist Tai Verdes, MC/singer/actress/activist Princess Nokia, alternative artists KennyHoopla and carolesdaughter, and Korean American R&B/rapper Audrey Nuna.

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Media Contacts for “Monarch” / Fox Entertainment
Ebie McFarland | Joseph Conner
Essential Broadcast Media, LLC

ebie@ebmediapr.com | joseph@ebmediapr.com
 
Todd Adair | Alison Daulerio | Kelley Kirkpatrick
Fox Entertainment

todd.adair@fox.com | alison.daulerio@fox.com | kelley.kirkpatrick@fox.com
 
Media Contact for Monument Records
Casey Thomas
Monument Records

casey.thomas@sonymusic.com