For the first time since 2011, Reach Records announced the signing of a new artist to its roster on Wednesday, and it was unexpected and unsurprising at the same time.

Joining Lecrae, Tedashii, Trip Lee, KB and Andy Mineo is GAWVI, who was previously only signed to Reach as a producer. GAWVI will release his debut album this year.

“I’m excited to share this new music with the world,” he said. “My first solo album is going to be like nothing we’ve ever released under the Reach imprint. We’re about to really surprise people.”

GAWVI’s production for Reach dates back to 2007 on “Beyond Belief,” track No. 3 of the 116 Clique’s Amped EP. He has production credits from most Reach albums since 2008. In 2015, he produced KB’s “Crown & Thorns (Oceans)” and Mineo’s “Uncomfortable,” “Desperados” and “Vendetta.”