SOURCE: Savoy Label Group, LLC

October 12, 2006 06:00 ET

The Savoy Label Group Announces New Hiring & Promotions

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 12, 2006 -- During an unprecedented week which saw the label debut records on the Billboard Top 200, New Age and Classical sales charts as well as Radio & Record's Smooth Jazz and A/C airplay charts, Steve Vining, President of the Savoy Label Group (SLG) is proud to announce the hiring of Joe Mozian as Director of Product Development & Marketing. Mozian will be based out of SLG's New York office. Including domestic and international marketing stints at both BMG and Koch, Mozian comes to SLG with a broad slate of experiences creating and marketing adult repertoire worldwide. In addition, SLG announces the promotions of several key staff members: Joshua Sherman is promoted to Vice President, Sales (formerly Sr. Director) based in New York; Sheila Volpe is promoted to Vice President, Marketing (formerly Sr. Director) based out of the label's headquarters in Santa Monica; Christine Ayres is promoted to Marketing Manager (formerly Coordinator) based in Santa Monica.

SLG has had a record-breaking 2006 so far with the signing of Jim Brickman to SLG Records which was #1 Most added on R&R's Smooth Jazz and Adult Contemporary radio charts this week as well as Billboard sales charts -- New Age at #1 as well as charting Billboard's Top 200. Andre Rieu has consolidated his position as the #1 Classical Artist of 2006 and will have two new projects for the fall, "Homecoming" and "Christmas Around the World" -- both supported by extensive PBS programming.

Says Steve Vining, President of the Savoy Label Group: "We're lucky to have such an experienced and committed staff here at SLG. This fall results confirm our position as a leading boutique handling adult music. We expect to further that position in 2007."

The Savoy Label Group includes Savoy Jazz, 429 Records, SLG Records, Denon Records, Denon Classics and Kin Kou Records. The stellar lineup of artists include the best in contemporary jazz and world music with Ravi Coltrane, Milton Nascimento, Vijay Iyer and Andy Bey on Savoy; platinum-selling pianist Jim Brickman on SLG Records; Joan Armatrading and newcomer Steve Reynolds on 429 Records; Billboard's #1 Classical Artist, Andre Rieu on Denon Classics and legendary New Age composer/harpist Andreas Vollenweider on Kin Kou Records.

SLG is the North American unit of Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia), the oldest music company in Japan. Headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, Columbia Music Entertainment has re-emerged as a significant creative force with a stable of newly signed platinum-selling artists. SLG is one of the most successful marketers of adult music in the U.S. and focuses on classical, jazz, new age, world and adult alternative genres.

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