On the eve of celebrating its 20th anniversary as Indian Country’s first hip hop recording and touring label, Red Vinyl Records is expanding in an otherwise shrinking music industry. Red Vinyl Records was founded in 1992 by Native American rap artist, actor and entrepreneur Litefoot. Red Vinyl Records has released over 20 albums to date and received numerous awards for its recordings.
Red Vinyl Records has grown into a fully functioning entertainment company, including artist, songwriter, producer and recording engineer management; music publishing; touring & merchandising; music video, film & television; new business ventures; and a music label. Artists signed to Red Vinyl Records partake in full-rights deals, which are all encompassing and include touring, merchandising, film, record sales and all forms of endorsements. Red Vinyl Records is also a successful creative consulting firm for all genres of music.
Litefoot said, “We strive to think “outside the box” and we are part of a fresh new approach to the world of entertainment. By signing the right talent to Red Vinyl and utilizing the knowledge and diversification that has made me successful in the music business; I know that we can still see long term growth in a music industry that is shrinking each year. We will look to expand our offering into the global market place.”
He went on to say, “Red Vinyl Records has always been, and is a Native American owned and operated company. It continues to be my passion to find and develop Native talent. But in moving forward, Red Vinyl will continue signing to its roster a diverse range of talented new artists from all backgrounds and walks of life. Talent will be the decider. With that said, I have purposefully brought into the executive leadership of this record label a Chief Operations Officer, Blake Trueblood and a Vice-President, Gyasi Ross, both of whom are enrolled tribal members and accomplished attorneys. Both of them have extensive knowledge of the music industry and are appreciators of diverse genres of music. They are forward thinking in their approach to business and great representatives and proliferators of the Red Vinyl legacy. It is important to me that the leadership of this company always operates from a global vantage point with respect to its business strategy. But, I am intent on that same leadership holding in its focus, the impact that we can have in Indian Country with the success of our company. Red Vinyl Records will continue to serve as an example of what is possible and viable in entertainment for young Native entrepreneurs and talented artists.”
Red Vinyl Records has recently added the following artists to its expanded roster: Dance/Pop/Hip Hop group- Dirty District, Singer Songwriter- Kestrel Evans, Rap Artist-So Serious (Muscogee Creek Nation) and Rap Artist- JBrian (Navajo). The label has additionally signed Miami, Florida music producer Architracks (Taino) to its Music Production team.
Red Vinyl Records has expanded from its home base in Seattle, Washington to offices and a recording studio in Miami, Florida. The label is constantly on the look out for new talent and will begin releasing new music and touring its current artists nationwide in 2012.
In the meantime, the Red Vinyl team continues working hard to build upon its legacy, believing that the same vision that successfully brought it to its 20th anniversary; will allow it to greet all future anniversary’s with even more growth and prosperity.
Red Vinyl Records is:
Litefoot – President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Litefoot is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He is a Native American entrepreneur, musical performer, actor, author, and motivational speaker. Litefoot first cultivated his entrepreneurial spirit when he founded Red Vinyl Records in 1992. Under the Red Vinyl banner, Litefoot has recorded eleven award-winning albums that are distributed throughout the world.
Blake Trueblood – Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Trueblood is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He is a practicing attorney and has also earned a Masters in Business Administration degree with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Gyasi Ross – Vice President
Mr. Ross is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation. Mr. Ross is a practicing attorney and a graduate of Columbia Law School.
Architracks – Vice-President of A&R
Hailing from Miami, Florida – Architracks (Taino) has worked with artists such as Ace Hood (Def Jam/We The Best Music Group), Rick Ross’s artist Young Breed (Triple C’s/Maybach Music Group/ Def Jam), R&B singer Sammie (Interscope Records) and many more… Architracks will handle all music production duties for the Red Vinyl Records roster and will serve the label as its Vice-President of A&R.
For more information, please visit www.redvinyl.com