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Industry News: Walter Thomas promoted to VP of Artist Development at Motown Gospel/TAMLA; Alexandria “Dria” Dollar named Senior Director of A&R


Photo: Walter Thomas, Dria Dollar | Photo: Austin Lord

Motown Gospel is making changes to its leadership team.


Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) announced that Walter Thomas will be promoted to Vice President of Artist Development at Motown Gospel and TAMLA Records.


Tamla was relaunched in 2023 in an effort to elevate positive R&B and hip-hop music. It was led by EJ Gaines who left the company earlier this year.


In addition, Alexandria “Dria” Dollar has joined CCMG in the role of Senior Director of A&R at TAMLA & Motown Gospel.


Previously, Thomas served as Director of Artist Development for CCMG. His new role comes with expanded responsibilities, including overseeing the growth and nurturing of the company’s roster of artists, developing initiatives, and facilitating marketing initiatives. He will report to CCMG Co-Presidents Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy.


Before CCMG, Thomas served as CEO of Agency 22 Music & Entertainment, managing artists such as  Maverick City Music, JJ Hairston, Jonathan McReynolds, Smokie Norful, DOE and more.


Dria Dollar is a a two-time GRAMMY Award winner and recipient of Stellar and Dove Awards. She will work closely with Thomas and spearhead efforts to discover, develop, and sign new talent. Prior to CCMG, Dollar served as Director of A&R at Reach Records in Atlanta, GA, collaborating with Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Lecrae, PJ Morton, and more.


Motown Gospel is one of the most recognizable labels in Gospel music history. It has become of the most successful labels in Gospel. Its artist roster includes Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Smokie Norful, Tye Tribbett, Brian Courtney Wilson, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters, and more.


Congratulations to Walter and Dria on their new roles!


 


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