|Genre Americana, folk|
|Country of origin U.S.|
Founders Jim Olsen, Mark Thayer
|Distributor(s) E1 Entertainment (U.S.)
True North Records (Canada)
Continental Record Services (Europe)|
Location Northampton, Massachusetts
Official website www.signaturesounds.com
Artists Eilen Jewell, Chris Smither, Josh Ritter, Heather Maloney, Crooked Still
Albums Bad Self Portraits, Redbird, Leave the Light On, Some Strange Country, Shaken by a Low Sound
Signature Sounds Recordings is an independent record label specializing in singer-songwriter, Americana, and modern folk music. Jim Olsen and Mark Thayer founded the label in 1995 to promote the acoustic artists playing in the Northampton, Massachusetts. The label has served as the launching pad for several important singer-songwriters, including Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown, Mary Gauthier, and Lori McKenna. The label's albums are distributed in the U.S. by E1 Entertainment, in Canada by True North Records and throughout the U.K. and Europe by Continental Record Services (CRS).
Thayer established the Signature Sounds Recording Studio in 1982 and created the label with Olsen in 1995. The studio in Pomfret, Connecticut has recorded folk and jazz musicians, including many Signature Sounds recordings. The label's main office moved in 2012 from its original location in Whately, Massachusetts to a more prominent site in downtown Northampton. The new offices include an intimate music venue, called The Parlor Room, in which concerts are held regularly.