Skip Bishop Launches HitShop Records
January 9, 2013 at 8:17 AM (PT)
In a press conference held TODAY (1/9) at SIRIUSXM studios at the BRIDGESTONE ARENA in NASHVILLE, industry veteran SKIP BISHOP announced the launch of a new music label, HITSHOP RECORDS. BISHOP, formerly SVP at SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE, was introduced by his longtime friend, artist RONNIE DUNN.
HITSHOP RECORDS will be a full-service, multi-format label, distributed by WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE. BISHOP will serve as President.
"This is one of the most innovative and creative gatherings of musical talent and staff I've ever seen. The young, brilliant minds and compelling musicians involved are building a new model of discovery from the street up. This is the new label configuration of the future," said BISHOP. "Everyone at HITSHOP is deeply committed and involved in studying the new paths music fans walk. We look forward to a productive relationship with WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE," he continued.
"SKIP is one of the most savvy and creative executives in NASHVILLE. His track record for breaking hit records is what excited us to be in business with him and his team. We're pleased to be providing this impressive new label with distribution services and to be working closely with this team," said WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE Pres. JOHN ESPOSITO.
HITSHOP'S roster will include the Pop/Funk duo GIMM+ICKY, and Country artist WESTON BURT.
The staff of HITSHOP will include promotions veteran DIANE MONK-HARRISON, who formerly worked with BISHOP at SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE. DIANE will assume VP/Promotion duties and can be reached at (214) 824-4124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. BISHOP can be reached at (615) 730-6344 or email@example.com.
The rest of the HITSHOP RECORDS staff includes RICK BAUMGARTNER, most recently at BLACK RIVER ENTERTAINMENT, who will handle the East Coast, KELLY SYMONE for West Coast, WILL HAMRICK for Secondary Promotion and National Promotions Coordinator. A&R will be led by CLIFF DOWNS and MICAH WILSHIRE, and the National Dir./Digital Marketing will be TIM GERST.
For more info on HITSHOP RECORDS, contact CINDY HEATH of MONARCH PUBLICITY at (615) 429-2203 or Cindy.Heath@MonarchPublicity.com.