Sylvia Rhone Teams With Epic Records For New Joint Venture
January 30, 2013

Epic Records has inked an exclusive joint venture with Sylvia Rhone to form Vested In Culture (VIC). The new label imprint deal was announced today by Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, L.A. Reid, Chairman/CEO of Epic Records and Rhone. As Chairman of VIC, Rhone will report to Reid and oversee the day-to-day operations of the New York-based label.

Stated Morris, "Sylvia is one the most talented and gifted creative executives in the industry. She is a proven success who time-and-again has displayed a special understanding of how to inspire great artistry and develop hits. We are excited to be working with her on this new venture, and we are proud to call her a member of the Sony Music family."

"It gives me great pleasure to work alongside the most successful female record executive of all time," remarked Reid. "She has taste, style, vision and she has my complete support."

"The partnership between Vested in Culture and Epic Records marks an exciting new chapter in my career," stated Rhone. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Doug Morris and L.A. Reid, and couldn't ask to work with better music men than them. I look forward to building a great label and being a part of their continued success."

The first release from VIC will be the debut of rising Latin pop star Kat Dahlia, followed by a new album from indie pop duo Quadron and the debut album of R&B singer-songwriter Deon Young. VIC's diverse roster of new artists also includes pop singer-songwriter-musician Sebastian Mikael and Los Angeles rappers Casey Veggies and Cashius Green.

Rhone was most recently President of Universal Motown Records, overseeing a roster that included Lil Wayne, Kid Cudi, Akon, Erykha Badu, Nelly, Melanie Fiona and Stevie Wonder. She previously served as Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group.

Rhone's launch of VIC has been in the works for some time, as a rumor of Rhone's own label imprint began back in the summer of 2011, and was expected to debut in February of last year.

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