“We are not closing. We are restructuring,” says R&J Records President James Stroud, regarding the future of his label. Earlier today unofficial word spread that the label was closing its doors, but it appears Stroud and Derek Simon (Marketing & Artist Development) will continue operations with a reduced staff, though no longer be focused on mainstream radio promotion.
R&J artist Andy Gibson is transitioning to a new label home with Curb Records, but the current R&J regional promotion staff will continue to promote Gibson’s single “Wanna Make You Love Me” as it climbs the monitored airplay charts. The R&J roster also had artists Aaron Lewis, (whose forthcoming album The Road was originally due for release June 26), Maggie Rose (with Emrose Records), LoCash Cowboys, Alexa Carter, Abby Graham, and Rob Lane.
Exiting R&J staffers include Michael Campbell (Business Affairs & Finance), Pepper Meiler (Online Marketing & Product Management), and Tim McFadden. Reach Meiler at [email protected] or 615-400-4366, Campbell at [email protected] and McFadden here.
R&J Records was originally launched in May 2011 as a partnership between producer/label President James Stroud and Rick Carter of Gulfport, MS.