Joe Kelly Announces Relaunch Of CDX Records, CDX Label Services Divisions

Joe Kelly, president of CDX, has announced the relaunch of CDX Records, in addition to offering label services to new artists and heritage artists releasing new music along with their catalogs. CDX Records originally launched in 1992, in the peak of the country club/nightclub era with the release of “Cotton Eyed Joe” which became an instant hit among dancehalls across the world.

CDX Label Services will offer artists the opportunity to build the right team within their budget to maximize their promotional efforts. Everything from physical product manufacturing to digital/physical distribution, product one sheets, radio promotion teams and marketing will be offered by the new division of the company.

“I have a whole new vision of where we are going to take CDX within the music industry. Everyone automatically puts us in the category of servicing music to radio which we will continue to do, but we are much more than that,” says Kelly. “For years, CDX has helped point artists in the right direction of lawyers, producers, publicists, and promoters without ever showing favoritism to any company. Now, we are just going to be offering that service up as a standalone business.”

CDX Records and CDX Label Services will not be hiring an in-house promotion or publicity staff. The company will continue recommending independent companies to fill those positions to individually to fit the needs of each specific artist.

Kelly began his label career in 1999 with Intersound Country and Platinum Entertainment working as a Regional Director of Promotion. In 2001, he joined Blue Diamond Records as Label Vice President overseeing all marketing, sales, and publicity. In 2004, Kelly was named VP of Label Operations of Aspirion Records, home of Collin Raye, Joe Nichols, T. Graham Brown, John Corbett and others, where he remained until 2011 when he returned to CDX.


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