Music Industry Veteran Sylvia Rhone Named President Of Epic Records

March 21, 2014  |  

Sylvia Rhone is used to making music industry headlines. Now, the veteran entertainment executive, who has helped build the careers of a range of artists including Missy Elliot, En Vogue, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Brandy and Tracy Chapman, has become the president of Epic Records.

Last year Rhone launched Vested in Culture (VIC), a joint venture with Epic. VIC will continue to be imprint of the label, reports The Hollywood Reporter.  VIC’s roster includes electronic soul duo Quadron, Latin pop artist Kat Dahlia and rapper Casey Veggies.

Rhone, who will report directly to Epic chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid, will help supervise the overall management and operations of Epic.

“Having worked closely with Sylvia Rhone, I’ve witnessed firsthand how she shares a passion for an artists-first culture. I look forward with genuine enthusiasm to the next chapter of Epic Records,” said Reid in a press statement.

Rhone is well-known in the industry having broken many barriers for women and women of color in the entertainment arena. Rhone had been president of Universal Motown Records before joining Epic in 2013. Prior to this she was chairman/CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group. Rhone’s appointment to that company in 1994 made her the only African American and the first woman in the history of the recording industry to reach such a title.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to expand my relationship with the talented team and amazing artists at Epic. What makes this opportunity different from any other is my partnership with renowned music executive L.A. Reid. I’m looking forward to what I think will be the finest chapter in my career,” said Rhone of her latest appointment.

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