NEW YORK (VIP-NEWS) — Music industry veteran Dick Wingate has launched the new artist development label BHi Music Group (BHiMG). The label’s first signings are blues-rock act Jon & the Jones and rock trio AM Aesthetic.
With more than 30 years in the music business, Wingate has served in senior marketing and A&R roles at Columbia, PolyGram, Arista and Epic, working with such artists as Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann and Eddy Grant. He`s also a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), an advisory board member of Songza and a board member of Big House Publishing, BHiMG’s affiliated music publishing house.
Wingate will continue in his current role as principal of DEV Advisors. BHiMG’s staff also includes co-founders/managing partners Christian Cedras and Krista Retto.
"I am extremely pleased to launch Big House Music with two great New York-area artists and writers Jon & the Jones and AM Aesthetic, as well as two multi-talented entrepreneurs Christian Cedras and Krista Retto,” Wingate said in a statement. “Their musical and business instincts, adherence to value like strategic partnerships, and 24/7 dedication were so compelling that they drew me to venture back into the A&R/label side of the business.”
Wingate continues, “I was highly-impressed by their early development of Jon Moodie (Jon & the Jones) and we worked as a team to build a band around him, and continue to develop them. We also signed and developed AMA over the last few months, and we`re looking quite seriously at two other acts.”
BHiMG’s other team members are Rose Meade Hart (attorney/business development), Xose Mohamdioua (COO), Shane Galvin (A&R), Milagros Acevedo (administration), Ryan Warrender (director of digital marketing) and Daniel Tobiason (consultant/mixing engineer).