Trackmaster Lands Executive A&R Spot At Motown

Samuel “Tone”

Barnes of production duo Trackmasters was named Executive Vice President of A&R

for Motown Records Group yesterday (November 23rd).

Barnes, who has

worked with a multitude of artists, will help the legendary label snag top-notch


Sylvia Rhone, who

was named CEO of Motown in October of 2004, is banking on Barnes’ talents

to help return the legendary label to it’s former glory.

"He is one

of the few producers out there who has the ability to work with everyone from

50 Cent to Jay-Z to R Kelly to Mary J Blige,” Rhone said. “His keen

instincts and invaluable insight make him a multi-dimensional asset to the entire


The pair worked

on various projects over the years, making Barnes even more comfortable with

his new title.

“I’ve worked

on many projects with Sylvia over the years and share both her musical philosophy

for uplifting great artists as well as her passion and commitment for the music

business as a whole,” added Barnes.

Barnes also served

as Executive Vice President of Columbia Records in 1999, where he and production

partner “Poke” launched Trackmaster Records.

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