Winding Way is a Better Way

Winding Way Records, LLC. is a record label focused on preserving artist’s ownership of their art and helping them become commercially successful through Artist Advocacy.

We want to hear from you

Our record deals are simple.  You keep your recordings (Mechanicals), copyrights, and publishing rights and license to us the right to administrate everything and to help you build a life-long career; so you you earn a living from your craft.  We take none of your rights.  Check the terms sheet here.

Celebrate First Day of Spring

Take a listen to Under the Oak’s ‘Take in The Spring’ to help celebrate the first day of spring.

Big Sky is a beautiful and deeply moving album from two independent artists who have spent their life crafting music and song.

Under the Oak is Adam Monaco and Maggie Pope feat.  Chris Peace, Peter Oswald, Jordon Alleman and Avery Ballotta (Damn Tall Buildings). They humbly share their hearts through songs born from the human experience and are inspired by the earth, sea, and sky.

With a sound that draws from the Folk, Americana, and Indie-rock worlds, their music is honest, approachable, and has been described as “compelling… emotionally stirring.”

Vinyl Pre-Order Here

Danie Ocean and Vidal Davis Making Waves in Philadelphia with ‘Nu Soul’ Sound

Danie Ocean, Vidal Davis, Rochelle Kilson-Drayton

Danie Ocean, a singer/ songwriter/ producer from the Philadelphia area, is on the rise. Combining a funky fusion of classic R&B overtones, and catchy pop dynamics, her sound is fresh and unique. As an artist that transcends genres from country to hip-hop, her sound has been labeled as, “Nu Soul;” a term coined by John Fisher, President of her record label, Winding Way Records.

Recently, Danie has teamed up with Grammy-winning producer, Vidal Davis. Ocean has been a longtime fan of Jill Scott and of Davis, (who produced Scott) so when she discovered that her own studio, Working While Playing, was in the same building as Davis’ studio, she took the opportunity to form a collaboration.

Davis is a legend in Philadelphia, from his humble beginnings working on DJ Jazzy Jeff’s production team, to writing or producing (along with his partner, Andre Harris) for industry heavy hitters such as, Usher, Chris Brown, Jill Scott, Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Justin Beiber, Musiq Soulchild, Robin Thicke, Fantasia, and R&B legend Charlie Wilson.

Davis believes, “It’s the music that matters,” and the pair, in conjunction with Ocean’s band, are gearing up to release a 10 song LP in Spring of 2018 through Winding Way Records.

Ocean has played major independent venues like World Cafe Live DOWNSTAIRS, Chris’ Jazz Cafe and the Tin Angel, and has also played legendary venues like the Apache Cafe in Atlanta Georgia and The Sidewalk Cafe in New York City. In the past year, Danie Ocean has performed in New Orleans, Austin Red Gorilla Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival and several local venues in the Philadelphia area.


Under The Oak – Wandering Around Single

Wandering Around – the Single

Check out the new single Wandering Around here from Adam & Maggie’s upcoming new album Big Sky

Adam Monaco, Maggie Pope and Producer Chris Peace crafted a sound rich in vocal harmonies, emotional swells, and intimate lyrics that is described as “friendship put to music”.  The Big Sky LP also features contributions from Peter Oswald (Cello) and from Damn Tall Buildings‘ Jordan Alleman (Banjo) & Avery Ballotta (Fiddle), Kate Gipe on backing vocals and Jim Hamilton on percussion.


Press Release – For Immediate Release

When we set out to start a record label, we wanted Winding Way Records to differentiate itself in an industry that traditionally values young over old, single over married and women over mothers in discovering our artists.  Think about all the great talent that gets set to the side and lost when the industry does this.  The power dynamic that is manifested when labels only signed young women, single women, women without children…

Oprah Winfrey said it well on Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards. “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have” and the #MeToo movement does signify the end of the “Culture broken by brutally powerful men.” Oprah is right on, “Their time is up” and the people who stood by silently and watched men bully and have their way with women need to stand against that behavior – no excuses.  Starting Winding Way Records, we too have met many magnificent women and some pretty phenomenal men that fight hard so women never have to say #MeToo again.

Winding Way Records is working with Evelyn Brown from New York, a recent mom who excels in her professional career and is also an incredible singer-songwriter.  This past weekend we witnessed first-hand what Oprah predicts as women facing “A new day on the horizon.”  Where women can be in a safe workplace, men aren’t pushing themselves on them and all female artists are treated equally as professionals.  During the session, Evelyn perfected her vocal tracks while at times holding her child in arm. She shared this photo with us, and the world to say #NotMe, never. 

John Fisher, President – Winding Way Records, LLC.

Artist Evelyn Brown and Daughter

Here comes Huffamoose – Again!

Erik Johnson, Kevin Hanson, Jim Stager and Craig Elkins (Left to Right)

Big news – Huffamoose,  formerly on Interscope Records are signed and heading back in the studio January 2, 2018 to record their next album on Winding Way Records.

Huffamoose scored big on their debut album (We’ve Been Had Again) with their hit song “Wait” on Interscope Records.  Huffamoose toured the US and became a household name after their appearances on the David Letterman Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and many other television and radio shows.

Huffamoose features the original lineup with Craig Elkins,  Kevin Hanson, Erik Johnson  and James Stager.  These guys are great musicians and together they are intoxicating.

We are super excited to hear Huffamoose in 2018!

You Keep Publishing and Mechanical Rights for Life!

Welcome to Winding Way Records – We are focused on Artist Advocacy – We are Artists Advocates

We take no copyrights, publishing rights or mechanical rights.  In our deals you maintain your rights and license to us the right to produce, promote, publish and distribute your music.  We make sure that you have your copyrights filed, your PRO registrations and Nielsen Soundscan setup. We send your music to radio stations, do press releases and promotion.  We promote your music on social media.  We help market your music to music directors in the television and motion picture industry.  In exchange for our services, we offer a 70/30 split on net profit and only expense direct costs to produce, promote and distribute your music – no administrative overhead!

Download the Terms Sheet here


Record Deal

  • We fund or co-fund (if you are self-producing) the production of the recording sessions, mixing and mechanical masters.
  • We fund the manufacture of mechanicals (CD’s, vinyl, thumb drives or any new technology we adopt that delivers music product such as Airdrop, Wi-Fi hub POS, etc.).
  • We help with promotional distribution to radio stations, online, social media, etc.
  • We help with crafting copy, graphic art, PR, sending PR to the press, media outlets, etc.
  • You agree to perform shows to help promote your music when it works for you.


  • You receive 70% of net profit on all music and merch sales.
  • We provide you CDs, vinyl, and merch that we create and manufacture for your shows.
  • You grant us exclusive license for an initial term of 2 years to do the following on our behalf:
    • Manufacture (CD’s and vinyl when appropriate), merchandise and to market, promote, distribute the same.
    • Distribution to our network of up to 900 Independent record stores. (Store consignment)
    • Your titles are made available on the Winding Way Records eCommerce site.
    • Digital distribution on all major music permanent download platforms (iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play)
    • Stream your selected music on all major streaming services Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube Music, Microsoft Groove, ClaroMúsica, Saavn


  • We act as your Publishing Administrator (BMI, ASCAP PROs) and our administrative fee is 10%.
  • We provide publishing support and grant limited and/or full Mechanical Licenses to artists that wish to cover your music; You receive the full CRB stat rate. Our administrative fee is 10%.
  • We act as your Sync Rep (Master & Sync Representative), promote your music direct to Music Directors and Producers in the Commercial, Television and Motion Picture industries.
  • As Sync Rep we execute Master & Sync deals with your input and approval with a 70/30% split.


  • We act as your promoter and help you get booked into shows, festivals and manage mini-tours.
  • We actively promote the shows, create press releases, and provide posters, post cards and flyers.
  • We help coordinate press, radio, record store promotions.
  • If we book you a paying show the split is 80/20% but no additional expenses are drawn.
  • We act as your agent/manager when needed and when third party promoters are employed.
  • You are free to book shows at venues that are independently owned/operated and promoted internally.  No fee split.

Disclaimer: terms subject to change for mutual benefit, individual contracts may vary based on conditions and Artist and Label interests.

Artists Advocates