Rocker Rob Thomas is to launch his own record label in a bid to develop and nurture acts who are left behind by music industry bigwigs. The matchbox twenty star and a business partner have formed R Tel Records and will operate their new venture under a new deal with Sony BMG's Epic Records. The duo's first act will be British songwriter Garfield Mayor, whose debut album is expected later this year (07). Thomas tells, "I'm doing a lot of writing with these artists and helping them produce, but it's not about me being a producer and having a writing credit on the record; I don't have to have any creative input whatsoever, but I'm definitely here if they want it. "I'm like an in-house musician who's been through the last decade with really great success."