By Dymond Alexis
Phenomenal women in the industry are paving the way for young women striving to be higher executives in the music industry.
Sony Music Entertainment has promoted pioneer Sylvia Rhone to chairman and CEO of Epic Records, where she previously served as the president since 2014. In her new position, Rhone will oversee the creative direction and management of Epic Records, home to Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled and other artists.
“I am excited to continue my amazing journey at Epic Records supported by Rob Stringer’s vision and leadership,” stated Rhone. “Everything we do is a testament to our incredible artists who set the bar of the entire Epic culture, inspiring our dedicated executive team every day and enriching the legacy of this great label.”
Rhone will continue to report to Sony Music’s CEO Rob Stringer. In making the announcement, Stringer said, “Sylvia is a trailblazing and iconic executive who has played a critical leadership role in driving Epic’s recent artist development success. Her wealth of experience and passionate support of artistic vision will help us further grow the reach of Epic’s roster around the world.”
Prior to working at Sony Music, Rhone served as the President of Universal Motown Records and Executive Vice President at Universal Records from 2004. From 1994-2004, Rhone was Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Entertainment Group, the first African American woman to be named Chairman of a major record company, where she oversaw releases from artists including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Metallica, Staind, Third Eye Blind, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant and others. Prior to her time at Elektra, she held various senior roles throughout WMG, ABC Records and Ariola Records. She began her career at Buddah Records in 1974.
Rhone is continuously paving the way for women, African-American women specifically.