LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) August 14, 2005
Industry giant Kerry Gordy, of Kerry Gordy Enterprises, Inc., (KGEI) has signed international pop singer Reggie Benjamin. Benjamin is the first artist of Indian descent to join KGEIÂs roster of entertainment industry stars.
Gordy has been involved in the music industry for more than 20 years, beginning in 1973 at Motown records. In 1984, as MotownÂs artist and repertoire representative (A&R), he was instrumental in signing RockwellÂs ÂSomebodyÂs Watching Me,Â which became one of Motown's biggest records. After being promoted to director of A&R, he worked on projects with Gold and Platinum artists The Temptations, The Four Tops, Rick James and Billy Preston, among others. He also served as a consultant with Bellmark Records, resulting in the international smash hit, ÂWhoomp, There it Is!Â by Tag Team.
In 1993, Kerry was appointed as vice president at Paisley Park Records, where he produced and co-wrote George ClintonÂs comeback album, ÂPaint the White House BlackÂ incorporating the work of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As vice president of A&R with Warner Brothers Records, he worked on PrinceÂs ÂComeÂ album, among other projects.
In 1998 and 2001, Kerry was awarded the Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum and Triple Platinum Sales Awards by the R.I.A.A. in commemoration of licensing Rick JamesÂ controlled compositions to Salt Ân PepaÂs ÂBrand NuÂ Project and Mary J. BligeÂs ÂShare my WorldÂ and ÂMy LifeÂ projects. Gordy founded KGEI in 1990.
ÂGordy is a legend in this industry. IÂm thrilled to be working with someone who is not only musically talented, but whom also possesses incredible marketing savvy and business acumen,Â says Benjamin. ÂIÂve been anxious to take my music career to the next level and weÂre confident this partnership with Gordy will make that happen. We look forward to an extremely high-profile and successful working relationship.Â
Benjamin, whose music fuses the sounds of R&B/pop with the beats of India and classical Indian vocals, has had successful tours overseas and has been at the top of the club charts in more than 15 countries. His current release, ÂRide,Â hit number four on the Billboard Break Out Dance Chart and is ranked on numerous international charts, including number six on the RA Radio chart in Germany and the top 50 in Brazil. In May, 2005, Benjamin was asked to sing national anthem at Dodgers Stadium for the Dodgers vs. Florida Marlins game. He is currently working on a new album to be released this year. For more information on Benjamin call Club 2X Records at 312.464.9668; or visit ReggieBenjamin.com.