MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN SKIP BISHOP ANNOUNCES
LAUNCH OF HITSHOP RECORDS
Releases to be Distributed by Warner Music Nashville
Nashville, Tenn.,January 9, 2013 – Music industry veteran executive Skip Bishop was introduced by established hitmaker and longtime friend Ronnie Dunn today as Bishop announced the launch of revolutionary new music label HitShop Records via a press conference from Nashville’s Sirius XM Studios. The full-service Nashville record label is led by an impressive group of seasoned music industry personnel who will bring their outstanding track record to implement HitShop’s cutting edge business model and innovative consumer awareness campaigns with its diverse roster of artists. HitShop Records releases will be distributed by Warner Music Nashville.
“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!” shares HitShop Records President Skip 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.”
“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 John Esposito, President, Warner Music Nashville.
HitShop is launching with a sonically diverse lineup of talented music makers including pop funk duo Gimm+Icky, whose music has been heard in national promo spots for ABC and E!, and Fort Payne, Alabama native Weston Burt, who cut his teeth playing over 150 dates a year while still in college at Auburn University. Weston hit the road this morning to start his country radio promotion tour but before climbing aboard his bus, he and label mates Gimm+Icky treated the gathered tastemakers to a preview performance of upcoming music. Look for additional announcements from HitShop in the coming weeks announcing other exciting new talent!
Skip Bishop will lead HitShop Records, a subsidiary of Ramblin Music Group, which also houses Young Guns Publishing. Bishop’s resume includes a 40 year career in radio and records, including serving as President/CEO, Bishop Bait & Tackle Marketing, Sr. VP Promotion at RCA Records in New York, MCA Records in Los Angeles, and Sony Music in Nashville. Bishop has enlisted an impressive team to initiate promotion and marketing strategies. Diane Monk-Harrison, whose promotion experience includes Arista Nashville, Columbia and MCA Records, will take the helm as VP Promotion for HitShop Records. The radio promotion staff will include East Cost Director Rick Baumgartner, West Coast Director Kelly Symone and Director, Secondary Promotion and National Promotions Coordinator Will Hamrick. A&R will be let by Emmy Award winning composer Cliff Downs alongside VP, A&R Micah Wilshire. Rounding out the team is National Director, Digital Marketing Tim Gerst. HitShop staff can be contacted at:
Skip Bishop firstname.lastname@example.org 615-730-6344
Diane Monk-Harrison email@example.com 214-824-4124
Rick Baumgartner firstname.lastname@example.org 615-730-6344 ext. 109
Kelly Symone email@example.com 916-868-3331
Will Hamrick firstname.lastname@example.org 615-730-6344 ext. 102
Cliff Downs email@example.com 615-730-6344 ext. 101
Micah Wilshire firstname.lastname@example.org 615-730-6344
Tim Gerst email@example.com 615-730-6344
HitShop Records is part of Ramblin Music Group whose holdings also include Young Guns Publishing. For more information about HitShop and its artists, please visit www.hitshoprecords.com or follow them on twitter @hitshoprecords and facebook.com/hitshoprecords.
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