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INDUSTRY NEWS: Well-known senior music executive, EJ Gaines, exits Capitol Music Group after nearly 8 yrs

Photo: EJ Gaines

In a moving social media post EJ Gaines, revealed that he's mad the difficult decision to leave Capitol Music Group (CMG) and the fledgling Tamla records.

Less than a year ago, Gaines was tapped to revive the previously defunct Tamla Records.

Tamla was the precursor to the legendary Motown Records. Re-launched by Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Capitol Christian Music Group (Capitol CMG), Tamla sat at the intersection of positive, inspirational lyrics and R&B and rap sounds.

The goal was to bridge the musical divide for musicians who sing R&B and rap, but infused their lyrics with messages of positivity, uplift, and faith.

In 1958, legendary producer Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Tamla Records. The label’s first release was the single “Come to Me” by gospel singer-turned-R&B artist Marv Johnson in 1959.

In 2022, Gaines was promoted to Sr. Vice-President of Marketing/Co-Executive Director of Motown Gospel.

Before joining Capitol Music Group/Universal Music Group, Gaines served as an entertainment attorney and artist manager, where he helped to shape the careers of Mary Mary, Donald Lawrence, William McDowell, and Jonathan McReynolds among others.

He began his career at Jive Records and Verity Records, before becoming an executive assistant to Platinum-selling Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin.

Gaines's exit ends an eight run that helped to launch and accelerate the careers of many notable gospel music artists. There has been no announcement concerning the future of Tamla Records.

While he's not officially announced his next career move, he and his wife Janice have partnered to create a podcast called, "Just Gaines."

Best wishes to EJ Gaines on his future career endeavors.


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