This Feels Big: Soundly’s Stephanie Hudacek Named President of Rounder

You may not recognize the name Stephanie Hudacek as an independent country music fan. But you certainly will recognize many of the names she’s worked with, and the artists who have benefited from her behind-the-scenes efforts for years. As the President and Founder of Soundly Music, she has been the linchpin behind music from the likes of Kaitlin Butts, Adam Hood, Kyle Nix, Pony Bradshaw, Channing Wilson, David Quinn, and many more.

Very similar to Thirty Tigers, Soundly takes a sleek approach to signing and distributing artists, only asking a small share of the profits and allowing artists to retain creative control, but giving them a big distribution channel to get their music to fans. Soundly also helps distribute the music of other independent artists and labels not directly under the Soundly umbrella. She also worked for the last two years as the distributor for the Cody Jinks independent label, Late August Records.

Stephanie Hudacek (photo: Michael Weintrob)

For her labors that have been recognized across the independent country and roots industry, Stephanie Hudacek has been announced as the new President of one of the most important independent labels in country and roots, Rounder Records. This is the current home of Sierra Ferrell, John R. Miller, Bella White, Logan Ledger, and Ruston Kelly, along with one of the biggest bluegrass rosters in the business that at times has included Sierra Hull, Alison Krauss, Bryan Sutton, Bela Fleck, and Billy Strings.

“Throughout her career, Stephanie has shown a deep commitment to artists and songwriters as well as an incredible intuition for what it takes to bring their music to the world,” said Concord Label Group CEO Tom Becci in a statement. “She has the requisite skills to preserve the label’s distinct history while ensuring her artists and team have the resources necessary for continued success in an evolving environment.”

Moreover, Stephanie Hudacek has also been a champion of the kinds of artists that can get overlooked in the music business, but when given a shot, often prove their worth. Think of how critically important the career of Kaitlin Butts has proven to be over the last few years, or Pony Bradshaw’s songwriting, Adam Hood’s country soul, or Channing Wilson’s Outlaw revivalism.

“It is an unbelievable honor to be able to lead Rounder Records,” Hudacek said about the news. “Throughout its history, Rounder has shown an uncompromising devotion to great, authentic artistry, which has made it a natural home for artists seeking the same. That is a tradition I am thrilled to carry on.”

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