Industry Vet Phil Quartararo In New Management Venture With B. Howard
March 20, 2015 at 12:32 PM (PT)
PHIL QUARTARARO and KING EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT, an OTTAWA-based record label and management company, are teaming up to manage R&B performer B. HOWARD, a singer, songwriter and producer has collaborated with DRU HILL, MIGUEL, NE-YO, AKON, REDDY RILEY and MARQUES HOUSTON, among others.
“Signing an artist with the talent, scope and credibility of B. HOWARD would be a coup for any record label. For KEE, it represents the culmination of our entire approach to supporting music through collaborative artist development. He has the expertise to put together songs for Top 10 artists, and now he’s doing it for himself,” says founder/owner ANGIE HADDAD.
QUARTARARO, who has helmed VIRGIN, WARNER BROS. and EMI RECORDS in his storied career, will manage HOWARD in partnership with TRIBECA/PERFECTION MANAGEMENT GROUP. The well-respected industry vet was instrumental in the careers of countless artists, from LINKIN PARK, JANET JACKSON and MADONNA to KEITH URBAN.
"We are proud to be associated with BRANDON and the promise of his career," he says.
B. HOWARD's impressive resume includes the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP song, "Ke Nako," with J. PRE, WYCLEF JEAN and JAZMINE SULLIVAN, personally endorsed by the late NELSON MANDELA. BRANDON ALEXANDER HOWARD is the son of R&B singer MIKI HOWARD and spent much of his early years at HAYVENHURST -- the JACKSON family home -- where his musical family included legends like GERALD LEVERT, CHAKA KHAN and HOWARD McCRARY.
“My music is a reflection of who I truly am as an artist -- not who people or the media think I am. The title of my first NORTH AMERICAN album with KEE is 'Nothing To Prove.' That pretty much says it all. I’m looking forward to dropping it later this year,” he says. “When ANGIE and I decided to partner up, we wanted combine our methods into a new label form that works. I see this going further than anyone expects; something equal to MOTOWN or DEF JAM."