Knight sat down with Arsenio and addressed his pet peeves with record labels, contracts and the business side of the music industry.
*Though the title of this article readily explains what it is about, I would like to open it with a personal experience… personal to the point that the subject of this opening paragraph is my cousin, but not just any cousin.
He is, otherwise, a Hollywood actor who has appeared as a major guest star for hour-long dramatic television series, made numerous guest appearances on comedy sitcoms, has appeared in major blockbuster films, and the list goes on and on and on. He is also a formidable stage actor.
And if you are an avid television viewer or a major film buff, I cannot only assure you, but I can GUARANTEE that you have seen him, as he was a prominent celluloid fixture from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. In short, the video screen couldn’t get enough of him and his presence. There…there’s the opening set-up.
*Want to start a new Music company where you will have a worldwide presence and brand established in 12-18 months?
Do you want Major label distribution? Independent distribution?
Do you want access to the most “powerful people in the Recording industry as it applies to radio promotion, marketing, public relations, legal representation, music production and writing, Internet marketing and strategic planning?
Are you a “Millionaire?”
If you answered “Yes” to all of the questions listed above, you might want to speak with the executives at “Inner Connected Services”
Inner Connected Services is the new “Rolls Royce of Hip Hop/R&B Music marketing, establishing new Music companies in the extremely competitive Music industry.
The firm is “extremely selective” as it applies to perspective clients and rejects 95% of all the people who inquire about their services.
The company has strict “financial requirements” that have to be met before the representatives talk to a new label owner for potential label development.
Simply put, ” If the label does not have at least “One Million Dollars” to enter the market…Do not contact Inner Connected Services”. Its just not the place for you!
The company and its executive directors have established new music companies featuring Rap/R&B Music artists at Warner Bros. Records, RCA Records, Motown Records, Geffen Records, Capitol Records, Universal Records, Sony Records, Island Records and ADA Distribution.
With an incredible string of “hit artists and producers” who have sold over “24 Million records worldwide dating back to 1997″ who were either launched or Managed by the executives at Inner Connected Services such as “DJ BATTLECAT” and “DJ QUIK”, its quite clear why the firm has such high standards when it comes to the product they push.
Inner Connected Services Co-Presidents Stan Sheppard and William E. Lewis Esq. readily explain to perspective clients that the entrance into the “major league version of the Recording industry” takes a great deal of money if you plan on making a big impact within the first 12-18 months, so if your money is limited and you are trying to cut corners with sound quality and promotion and marketing strategies right out of the gate…find a new business to put your funds in because this game is not for you!
Columbia Records/Sony Music V.P. of Urban Music Promotion, Cynthia Johnson, who has worked with Stan Sheppard states “Having worked with Stan Sheppard directly I have always been impressed with his passion for music and support for our community. I have known Stan for over 25 years and he never fails to impress me with his innovation and creativity. Stan is one of the top music men in our industry with a complete skill set to recognize true innovation, signing talent with a vision and having the knowledge and ability to bring home a hit record”
Echoing the sentiments of Sony Music V.P. Cynthia Johnson concerning the launching of the new entity is SESAC, Inc. V.P. of Writer/Publisher Relations, Mr. James R. Leach, Jr. who states ” Stan Sheppard has a most impressive ear and keeps it close to where the music is happening. This, coupled with his extraordinary business acumen from records to publishing, has allowed Stan to maintain a strong presence in today’s rapidly changing business. I know that when music comes from Stan’s office that its something I need to hear”
Co-president, William E. Lewis Esq, states that Inner Connected Services will interview and select a total of “3 companies” that the firm will assist in 2014 and all “serious investors/company owners” should contact the firms offices via email.
To reach “Inner Connected Services” email: Ms. Marlena Jeter, General Manager at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
*BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — As part of Indiana University’s Black History Month, pioneering music industry executive Logan H. Westbrooks will deliver a presentation, “Bustin’ Loose: Breaking Racial Barriers in the Music Industry” from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.
A reception will follow, where dancing will be encouraged, through a soundtrack of soul, funk and R&B hits from the 1960s through the 1980s that were promoted by Westbrooks over the course of his career.
Westbrooks also is part of the city of Bloomington’s Black History Month event, “Bloomington Style: Lessons in Leadership.” Westbrooks will discuss “Black Leadership in the Music Industry” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Showers City Hall. The public lecture will be followed by a reception.
Most of the month’s events are free and open to the public. The theme will be “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: Honoring the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”
Westbrooks’ career began in the 1960s as a Midwest promotion manager for Capitol and Mercury Records. In the 1970s he moved to CBS, becoming the first director of special markets (a newly created black music division), then spearheading the company’s expansion in Africa. Later, after a stint at Soul Train Records, Westbrooks founded Source Records and released the first go-go hit record “Bustin’ Loose” by Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, which was sampled in Nelly’s 2002 hit “Hot in Herre.”
In conjunction with Westbrooks’ presentation, the Archives of African American Music and Culture at IU is unveiling the exhibit, “Logan Westbrooks: Music Industry Executive, Entrepreneur, Teacher, Philanthropist,” which will be available in the Neal-Marshall Bridgwaters Lounge throughout February.
The exhibit offers a glimpse into the life of one of the first black music executives at a major record label, beginning with Westbrooks’ formative years in Memphis, and then chronicling his career at record companies in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, his work in Africa, and his philanthropic and teaching activities.
The story unfolds through photographs, recordings, awards and personal papers from Westbrooks’ collection, which recently was donated to the Archives of African American Music and Culture. A slideshow of photographs from the Westbrooks Collection is also available through the IU Digital Library Programs’ Image Collections Online portal.
In conjunction with Westbrooks’ presentation at Showers City Hall, the Archives of African American Music also is presenting “The Evolution of the Black Music Industry,” an exhibit that traces the local and national history of African Americans in the music industry over the past century. The exhibit will be available there throughout February.
In addition to the Archives of African American Music and Culture, other sponsors are the Liberal Arts and Management Program; the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center; Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs; Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology; African American Arts Institute; Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies; and Department of American Studies.
For news on more Black History Month events at Indiana University click here.
According to reports, the 80-year-old plans to publish this monumental book and possible manual for the aspiring music producer, in February.
It’ll cover the highs and lows of his career, relationships with certain celebs, and so much more.
Music journalist Anthony DeCurtis will write the anthology of never-before-heard stories of Whitney Houston, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan.
*When we think of Gospel music, most of the time we don’t immediately think of big houses, fine cars, and a lot of money. But the industry is still entertainment with a huge fellowship and a lot of money.
But who is the richest man in gospel? Well, that would be Kirk Franklin who’s net worth is at a whopping $8.5 million, according to Celebrity Networth. Yeah that’s some nice money to have in your bank account.
The multi-talented songwriter and director first stepped on the scene in the early 90s, backed by his huge family of a choir. He was different, though. His music was just far enough away from traditional to catch the attention of secularists. But it hinted the right amount of praise and sermon to remind listeners of the gospel message.
His debut album sold over a million copies and has won multiple awards, including a few Grammys, since.