Sylvia Rhone, often hailed as the “Godmother of the music industry,” has been a pivotal figure in shaping the careers of a diverse array of artists. Her journey began in Harlem, where she was immersed in the city’s rich cultural tapestry. Despite an initial foray into international finance management after graduating from Wharton School, Rhone’s passion for music prevailed, leading her to pivot to the music industry. Starting as a secretary for Buddha Records in 1974, her acumen swiftly propelled her through the ranks at ABC Records, Ariola Records, and Elektra. By 1986, she had ascended to vice president of Atlantic Records, where she played a key role in managing artists like En Vogue, Pantera, and AC/DC.

As a result of Rhone's inspiring leadership, she was appointed chair and CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group in 1994, launching the careers of notable artists like Jason Mraz and Missy Elliott. In 2004, she started her tenure as Executive Vice President and President of Universal Records and Universal Motown Records, respectively. In 2012, Rhone transitioned to Epic Records, eventually becoming its president in 2014. Since 2017, she has helmed Epic Records’ operations, overseeing a roster that includes the likes of DJ Khaled and Camila Cabello, further cementing her legacy as an industry titan.

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