No Doubt's Tony Kanal will launch his own Kingsbury Studios label this spring with the debut album from reggae artist Elan. Due May 23, "Together As One" features the Gwen Stefani duet "All Nighter" plus collaborations with Assassin, Tami Chynn, Sly & Robbie and Cutty Ranks as well as Kanal himself, Billboard.com can reveal.
Kanal first saw Elan performing with the Wailers in 1998 and tells Billboard.com, "I, along with everyone in the audience, was amazed to see this kid do justice to Bob [Marley]'s vocals." The pair was introduced but didn't find time to begin collaborating until several years later. "It wasn't until 2003 that Elan and I had the chance to get in the studio and start writing together," he says. "He proved himself to be a great songwriter and an amazing vocalist."
Elan and Stefani previously collaborated on a cover of Bryan Ferry's "Slave to Love," which Kanal produced for the "50 First Dates" soundtrack.
Kingsbury Studios is not exclusively distributed by any major, but in the case of Elan's record, Kanal says, "Interscope was a great match because they have a history of breaking one-of-a-kind, unique artists like him."
A three-track single led by the Assassin collaboration "Girl" is out now; Elan will be on the road with UB40 this spring. As for Kanal, he says, "In between just starting the new No Doubt record and collaborating with Gwen for her next solo outing, I always have my ears and eyes open for new artists."