Clement Dodd & Chris Wilson
(Photo by Barry Morganstein)

Industry Profile: Chris Wilson

— By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Having grown up in Jamaica, Chris Wilson, vice president/A&R at reggae label Heartbeat Records in Boston, could not have found a job more suited to him. He oversees the records from inception to finished product - working with marketing, distribution, art work - everything that makes the final package what it is. He also checks earlier releases to see if there are ways to improve them, "to make sure that every album we release is of the highest quality," he stresses.

Heartbeat was launched in 1981 by Rounder Records founder Bill Nowlin and Duncan Browne, with three of the hottest import records of the day -- new albums by British dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, Clash associate DJ Mikey Dread and Jamaican toaster Big Youth. Since then, Heartbeat has cultivated a back catalog of more than 250 albums, representing the cream of Jamaican music, including Everton Blender, Richie Spice and Beres Hammond, Gregory Isaacs, the late Dennis Brown and former Black Uhuru frontman Michael Rose. Burning Spear's Calling Rastafari album brought the label it's first-ever Grammy Award in 2000.

Chris came to the United States in 1969 to go to college and attended Boston College and Boston University. Before joining the fledgling Heartbeat label in 1983, he managed a couple of Strawberries record stores and played guitar in a Boston band called the I-Tones.

"We put out a version of 'Walk On By"' that sold 10,000 copies on a 12-inch," he quips. "It was a big local thing. I quit the I-Tones when I was hired in 1980 to play in an all-white band that was set tour the U.S. with Lee Perry, but the tour fell through at the last minute When I came home, I started playing in the I-Tones again, but when our schedule slowed, I went out and got a job at the Harvard Coop. I soon left the Coop because I wanted to do something in music besides being in the I-Tones. That's when I went to Heartbeat, where I oversaw the records from the beginning I'm basically doing the same job now that I was then. My title may have changed, but that's probably all."

At the time, Heartbeat was basically the only reggae reissue label, and Chris set out to establish a new standard and not simply throw any old thing into the marketplace. "I paid attention to the music, found out what the producers of the music wanted people to hear, talked to the artists, got the stories for the liner notes and searched for vintage photographs," he explains. "I wanted to put together the best collection you could find. And now, everybody tries to do that.

"So I went to the Rounder office, which in 1981 was located in East Cambridge," he reminisces. "When I walked through the door, Bill Nowlin and Duncan Brown were standing inside holding some of the first Heartbeat releases, which were, if I remember, Big Youth and Sugar Minott. We got to talking, and one of the first things I said was that I would bring them Studio One -- Jamaica's most prolific recording label for more than 40 years --because as far as I was concerned, that was the Holy Grail."

He made good on his promise. "If you are going to be taken seriously by collectors and fans of reggae music, you have to be able to offer them the best, and that was Studio One," he adds. "So I contacted Clement Dodd, the pioneering producer of Jamaica's reggae music scene and founder of Studio One, and explained what I wanted to do, which was to give the Studio One catalog the showcase it deserved, and we took it from there. I first met him in 1968 while I was still living in Kingston." Dodd died in 2004 at the age of 72 due to a heart attack.

A serious collector himself, Chris has amassed a Studio One collection from his years in Jamaica, and in all the years since. "All the moves I've made from Jamaica to the U.S., and from apartment to apartment, those records have always come with me," he says nostalgically.

"I made 65 albums with Mr. Dodd, and now I'm just able to go back and really work on them, put them out on vinyl again, since I have extra tracks. The early albums didn't have writer credits or a lot of the information that's compulsory today, so if I'm going to redo the packaging, I might as well redo the whole thing from A-Z.

"Almost every release on Heartbeat, if the artist is still alive, or the producer, I will have worked with them on some level, whether it's interviewing them for the liner notes or recording a new album or putting together a compilation," Chris adds. "Some are new compilations by producers who never released a LP before, like Lloyd 'Matador' Daley."

Last year, Heartbeat unveiled a series of fully re-mastered and expertly annotated CDs celebrating Dodd -- the project was the brainchild of Chris. The first releases in this series include individual albums by Bob Marley and the Wailers, Freddie McGregor, Delroy Wilson and Alton Ellis. There is also a series of dynamic compilations of Studio One classics that track the story of Jamaican music from its earliest, ska-flavored roots in the early 1960s into the dancehall age.

Heartbeat's current artists are Michael Rose, Everton Blender, the Nazarenes and the Abyssinians. They also had Culture until Joseph Hill's passing in Berlin on Aug. 19, 2006.

Experience & Advice
Sometimes you deal with people who create good music but who in the end prove to be much different from what you expected. I also regret not signing Dawn Penn's big hit "No No No" to Zomba instead of to Atlantic, which eventually got the song from Heartbeat. In retrospect the Zomba offer would've turned out better for Heartbeat. It all came about after I went to Studio One's 35th Anniversary show in Kingston, Jamaica in 1991. Dawn Penn performed "No No No," which was a minor hit for her and Studio One in the late '60s. She was flat as a performer, but the crowd erupted when they heard the song. I ran into Steele & Clevie at the concert, who were the hitmakers at the time in Jamaica, and jokingly told them they should remake "No No No." Well they did, and our release of the song, out of the blue, became an underground club hit in New York, which caused us to put it out as a single and that single blew up. Heartbeat, at that point, really wasn't able to push "No No No" in the pop world. We were a small label with no prior hits, so we were looking for a way to take the song to the next level. Labels started calling, and we ended up at Atlantic because I was a fan of the label when I was a kid.

For the most part I've really enjoyed working with the folks here at Rounder, especially Bill Nowlin, and it was really an honor to work for so many years with Clement Dodd of Studio One. He and Bill taught me a lot about music and the business. I was already a big fan of Studio One before Mr. Dodd and I started working together, and he turned out to be greater than anything I could've imagined. He was all about the music, it was his total focus. I guess I'm even more of a fan now that I got to know him.

Which artists have you signed to Heartbeat over the years?
I generally sign all the artists that come out on Heartbeat, although I didn't sign Burning Spear. He was signed by the owners directly. I signed Michael Rose, Everton Blender, Richie Spice, the Studio One label and many other important Jamaican labels and producers including Treasure Isle, Joe Gibbs, Channel One, Lee Perry, the Matador and Niney the Observer, to name a few.

What do you look for in signing artists to Heartbeat?
Signing reggae artists is different than signing U.S. artists. For example, we released albums by Richie Spice -- his first -- and Beres Hammond. These artists also release records on different labels. This has been going on in Jamaica since the '50s. Many of the big artists record for a variety of producers to take advantage of the big rhythms that each producer might have in their arsenal. So it is harder to sign an artist exclusively, although some top artists like Sean Paul, an Atlantic artist, do now seem to be satisfied being connected to one label.

How would you describe the reggae marketplace now as compared to five years ago?
Reggae goes through ups and downs as does the music industry in general. It's not immune to market fluctuations, and we at Heartbeat must be judicious and careful about what we decide to release, and who we decide to sign. A few artists sell a lot of records, like Sean Paul, but the vast majority of the reggae artists don't do anywhere near as well. The reggae sections in stores have been shrinking for years, and there are fewer stores stocking reggae so this has made it more difficult to reach out to the consumers who would still support the genre. The reggae market has also split between those fans who support the cultural or roots artists, like Burning Spear, and those who support the dancehall artists like Sean Paul, Shaggy, and Beenie Man. Heartbeat has traditionally been more of a roots label because that's what we all like here at the label and having been allied with Studio One, Jamaica's premier label since 1983. We've concentrated on reggae's greatest records. In fact, Heartbeat in the early '80s spearheaded the revival movement that has focused on the great Jamaican recordings of the last 40 years.

Today you have to be focused and creative in getting your records the attention they deserve. Our Studio One series has been successful in getting attention, which speaks to the quality of the material. There has also been a lot of sampling of Studio One rhythms over the last few years as well. Lily Allen, an EMI artist, used a sample of "Free Soul" by the Soul Brothers, released by Studio One in 1966 for her "Smile" single, which topped the U.K. charts last year.

How would you describe the reggae concert marketplace now as compared to five years ago?
It's certainly not as active as it was. I remember putting Richie Spice on tour, and there was little interest for him at the time from promoters. It will be interesting to see if his current success as a recording artist changes that. Burning Spear has developed quite a following, but I don't see many other artists enjoying his success. The play it safe attitude also means that the promoters usually round up the usual suspects so you always see the same names appearing on shows throughout the country, but there are promoters, like the Sierra Nevada festival, who always arrange for an eclectic grouping of obscure and popular acts. Some of these acts no one will ever see otherwise.

Has reggae ever found a successor to Bob Marley?
Well, that's the question! For the roots crowd the answer will probably be no, and if you were around when Bob Marley passed away, you would've seen many of the major record companies dropping all of their reggae acts, so they certainly felt there was no successor. However, acts like Sean Paul and Shaggy sell a lot of records and probably many more than Bob Marley did when he was alive, so I guess they could be considered successors. But, if you look at Bob Marley entirely as the phenomenon that he was in life, and the effect he had on so many people in so many countries, the answer would have to be no.

There are a lot of artists in Jamaica who could have been in contention but for whom the promise hasn't panned out. When Bob was at Studio One, Mr. Dodd, the label head, took an active interest in him and great pains were taken in his repertoire in a very Motown context. He was groomed to be a star, and so when Bob Marley appeared on the world stage years later, he was well seasoned both as a performer and as a songwriter. In Jamaica, the current producers don't take the time to establish the upcoming acts as they should.

How do you feel about free downloads off the Internet?
If we could find a way for these free downloads to pay for the artists on Heartbeat, who in many cases aren't rich at all, to live and for their children to be taken care of, I'd be OK with free downloads.

What kind of tour support does Heartbeat offer its artists?
I prefer to put Heartbeat's resources into the marketing and distribution of the records and leave the touring aspect of an artist's career in the artist's hands. We do support each tour with publicity, both press and radio, and we advance each date. It has proven effective for all the artists we've worked with. For the most part, our artists can sustain themselves on their tours.

What makes for a good Studio One reissue?
Having grown up in Jamaica I heard most of the songs in a Jamaican context. So my records have a more distinct Jamaican quality about them which sets them apart from the U.K. reissues that are also available. I also spend a lot of time on the sequencing of the songs which has become a lost art in this age of disposable music. Sequencing a record properly allows for each song to be showcased while a poor sequence can render a lesser song, but one with merit, forgettable.

I like my records to showcase the great hits of the label rather than becoming a rarities collection. I put some obscure material on the records if it fits in with the other songs, but I'm attempting to showcase the greatness of Studio One, and you achieve that by putting the important songs on the releases. Collectors can search and find the obscure songs themselves, and I encourage collectors to do just that. I collect songs myself that I like, but often I can't see them on any release. Funny as it may seem, sometimes records are obscure for a reason.

How do you decide what to put on a compilation
I look at what was important for the producer. For example, I knew Mr. Dodd very well, so I knew how he felt about his own legacy, and the records are kind of a homage to what he felt was great. Or there's something like Version Dread, which is my homage to what I think is great about his releases. A great CD comes down to a number of factors, but the main ones are, if you were trying to introduce somebody to an artist, what would be the songs that you would want them to hear? Forget if they're the famous ones or not -- just what are the best songs you could play them and in the best possible sound quality.

How do you ensure the best quality from the master tapes?
In 1982, when CD technology was being introduced there was a great deal of discussion about its limitations. Since we were working from the master tapes rather than vinyl like other reissue labels, we needed as much control as possible to ensure the best quality and to match what I was hearing on the tapes themselves. Working from the original tape sources allows you to focus on the sound rather than on fixing the vinyl problems, and in many cases the songs really get a new focus because you're almost hearing them for the first time. I was so used to scratchy Jamaican vinyl pressings that I was floored when I started to hear how great the recordings actually were that I was working on. Many of the Jamaican engineers were simply world class, and I really wanted them to get the recognition they deserved.

Do you do all your own re-mastering?
I wasn't doing it originally when the albums were coming out on vinyl, but when we started pressing CDs, and it was important that the job was done properly, that's when I started. I didn't have any real technical training, but I'd been working in studios for a while, it was simply a matter of wanting to make sure that what we put on CD sounded as great as it possibly could.

Is vinyl rather than CD the preferred way of re-releasing reggae music?
I love vinyl. I've bought vinyl all my life, and I still collect vinyl. Beatles, Kinks or Studio One singles. Vinyl is very tactile, you can hold it, look at the cover and read the cover. CD's and downloads are OK, I guess, but they're disposable. People throw away the covers, and most consumers don't know the name of the producers, musicians etc of their favorite records. When I was a kid, I was obsessed by information, and I felt I couldn't get enough. We get a lot of demand for reggae vinyl so I'm glad I can still supply the format.

A lot of your re-mastering is done with Toby Mountain
Toby is a great mastering engineer. We've done hundreds of records together so we symbiotically know each other and know what the other wants to do. We talk about the weather rather than talk about what we're doing because we understand. He'll know that if I don't like something, he'll hear it, but we've worked together so much that he knows exactly what I like.

Any long term plans?
Right now my ambitions are all about Studio One because I truly believe that Mr. Dodd and Studio One are as important, not just to Jamaican music but to music in general, as George Martin or Phil Spector, The Beatles, the Stones or the Kinks, Studio One is up there alongside all of them, and if I have a mission, it's that I want these records to be heard.

Do you miss performing?
I don't miss live work. You spend a lot of time on shows where there's little financial reward. In the '80s you could live off live work, but that isn't true anymore for the average band. I've friends, younger musicians, who share $25 for a night's work. Not what I'd like to do anymore.

I do play on records. I worked with Michael Rose on a couple of releases, and I produced a record with Everton Blender called "King Man" where I wrote the music, and he wrote the lyrics. We recorded it in L.A. with some friends of mine who are now in a group called the Aggrolites, and we finished it in Jamaica with musicians like Robbie Lyn, Dean Fraser and Joseph Hill from Culture. I tried to hearken back to the sound of reggae from the '70s which is what I was playing when I started. I'm now working on more tracks for another project, but I haven't picked out the singer that I want to work with yet.

First concert attended
The first concert that I remember attending was at a family friend's party in Kingston, Jamaica that featured the Merrymen from Barbados. It was a calypso group. This was about 1961. It was really an outdoor party, but it was important for me because I really disliked them. They were like the benchmark for deciding what was good and what was bad.

The first good concert I remember going to was also in Kingston and was James Brown in 1965. The show opened with three Jamaican bands each featuring about four vocalists or vocal groups. The second time I saw James Brown in Kingston, the opening act was the Female Beatles.

First industry job
I managed a couple of Strawberries stores in the late '70s when Morris Levy was the owner. They're a long-running regional record store chain. My first industry job was with Heartbeat. I started there in 1983.

Career highlights
Working with Clement Dodd of Studio One whose label I'd been a fan of since the early '60s. A particular highlight was releasing some of his Bob Marley & the Wailers material. It was amazing to transfer some of those original Bob Marley songs on the original one track tape machine that they were recorded on.

Career disappointments
I don't really have any. I've been blessed to work with musicians, artists, labels and producers that I've loved for most of my life.

Greatest challenge
To promote and sell reggae in America where it has always been a niche market. Despite that certain reggae artists have enjoyed huge sales, for many reggae artists it's still a struggle. Since Heartbeat really puts out more of the cultural side of reggae music, it's been a challenge at times.

Best business decision
Accepting the job at Heartbeat Records.

Best advice you received
I got a lot of good advice over the years since I've been working at Heartbeat. One of the owners, Bill Nowlin, has always helped me by giving me very good advice. He's been around for a long time, and he really cares about music and Heartbeat in particular. Also, having worked with Mr. Dodd for 20 odd years and just talking about music and records and groups, he had a lot of insights into the business, since he had started years earlier in the '50s. So he basically knew every artist and had worked with all the major ones and understood what it was like to be in the business.

Bill and I discuss my ideas, either for particular artists or records, and he points out the realities of a particular signing. So you get to put the concept into perspective because if you're a fan like I am, you get driven by enthusiasm, which sometimes needs to be tempered. Mr. Dodd knew everyone in the reggae business so you could bounce ideas off him as well, and you knew you'd hear the truth. He could deal with artists that nobody else could so he was very astute.

Best advice to offer
Be patient.

Most memorable industry experience
When Burning Spear won his Grammy for Calling Rastafari in 2000. Spear had recorded a great album so it was a pleasure to help him with getting it out. It was gratifying to have such a positive response to all the hard work that went behind the album.

Favorite team
The New England Patriots. I'm just a big football fan, and I've liked them for years. I'm glad to see that they've finally become one of football's best teams. I also love the Red Sox, though liking them has often been a trial. Bill Nowlin, my boss, is an avid Red Sox fan, and we've gone to a few games together. He's an authority on the Sox; I'm just a humble fan.

Favorite restaurant
Legal Seafood...anywhere--it's a chain. My mother, who is 90 year's old, likes it so we go there a lot.

Favorite hotel
Metropole in Venice, Italy.

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
Nothing. I'm an open book.

Industry pet peeve
Britney Spears and anybody like her, including Ashlee Simpson. I don't like manufactured stars, like Pat Boone was in the '50s. There are so many great musicians not being heard because of some corporate mentality.

Office paraphernalia
I like my office bare because I'm always on the road, but I've a home studio, and my two cats are always in there when I'm working. I call them the Cat Brothers.

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
…a millionaire. All joking aside, I can't think of anything I'd rather do.

Industry mentors
Clement Dodd and Bill Nowlin.

Chris can be reached at: 617-218-4503; e-mail: cwilson@rounder.com

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Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
Jeff Eyrich, BePop Records 11/25/05
Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry 09/11/09
David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
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