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Tamla Records is re-launched by Capitol Music Group (CMG); EJ Gaines is promoted as new leader


Photo: EJ Gaines (Twitter)

The precursor to Motown Records, Tamla Records, is being re-launched by Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Capitol Christian Music Group (Capitol CMG).


The "new" record label will specialize in positive R&B and hip-hop music.


EJ Gaines, the current VP of Marketing for Capitol CMG will oversee the imprint’s roster and staff.


The first partner to sign with the Tamla is Thomas “Tillie” Mann and his label Encouragement Music. Mann has worked with artists such as Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Drake and Migos.


Tamla Records was founded by Berry Gordy Jr 65 years ago in 1958. The 1959 single, “Come to Me” by gospel artist Marv Johnson, was the label’s first release.


Later renamed Motown, Tamla was also the home to music icons such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.


Tamla will serve as its own distinctive label from Capitol Christian Music Group, which is home to such gospel singers as Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Brian Courtney Wilson, and Ricky Dillard.

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