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With this release, they secured the services of Russell Carter, who remains their manager to the present; they had first approached him when the EP album was released, but he told them their songs were "immature" and they were not likely to get a record deal. The success of 10,000 Maniacs, Tracy Chapman, and Suzanne Vega encouraged Epic Records company to enlist other folk-based female singer-songwriters; Epic signed the duo in 1988.

They then recorded Swamp Ophelia in 1994, which went platinum in September 1996, and charted at #9 on the Billboard 200 album chart.Their first (and only) Hollywood album, Despite Our Differences, produced by Mitchell Froom, was released on September 19, 2006.John Metzger from Music Box Online described Despite our Differences as "the most infectious, pop-infused set that the duo ever has managed to concoct. It's their own brand of rock & roll, hewn from over the years, that bears a signature that is now indelible.They started performing with the name Indigo Girls as students at Emory University, performing weekly at The Dugout, a bar in Emory Village.They released a self-produced, full-length record album in 1987 and contracted with a major record company in 1988.On June 14, 2005, they released Rarities, a collection of B-sides and rare tracks partially decided by fans' input, which fulfilled the album count obligation for their contract with Epic.

After departing Epic, the Indigo Girls signed a five-record deal with Hollywood Records.

In 1995, the Indigo Girls released a live, double CD, 1200 Curfews.

Shaming of the Sun was released in 1997 followed by Come on Now Social in 1999.

After releasing nine albums with major record labels from 1987 through 2007, they have now resumed self-producing albums with their own IG Recordings company.

Outside of working on Indigo Girls–related projects, Ray has released solo albums and founded a non profit organization that promotes independent musicians, while Saliers is an entrepreneur in the restaurant industry as well as a professional author; she also collaborates with her father, Don Saliers, in performing for special groups and causes.

Retrospective, a compilation album with two new tracks, was released in 2000 and Become You followed two years later.