Motown Records And EMI Gospel To Create New Label 'Motown Gospel'
April 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM (PT)
MOTOWN RECORDS moves into the expanding Gospel music field with a joint venture partnership with EMI GOSPEL, creating a new label MOTOWN GOSPEL. The announcement was made by UMG EAST COAST LABEL GROUP Chairman/CEO BARRY WEISS and CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP Pres./CEO. BILL HEARN.
"UMG's acquisition of EMI music offered the ideal opportunity to merge the EMI GOSPEL label with the strength of the newly revitalized MOTOWN RECORDS," said WEISS. "The new MOTOWN GOSPEL label will offer broader Urban AC crossover potential and further opportunities and synergy between MOTOWN GOSPEL artists and the MOTOWN and ISLAND DEF JAM urban roster."
The structure of MOTOWN GOSPEL will include KEN PENNELL and the executive leadership of EMI GOSPEL, based in NASHVILLE, coupled with new hires, particularly in the A&R areas.