(Atlanta, GA) â€“ Music executive Demetrius â€œKinky Bâ€ Ellerbee today announced the recent signing of R&B songstress Shareefa to his HUSH Management roster, and the negotiation of a label deal for the emerging artist with Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP)/Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) Records. Ellerbee, a proven executive with a successful 9-year track record, is credited with effectively shepherding the careers of several top artists, including Grammy-Award nominee and multi-platinum hip-hop artist Young Jeezy. Jeezy also serves as Ellerbeeâ€™s business partner for CTE Music/Def Jam.
Referred to as “The Soul of Disturbing Tha Peace,” gritty vocalist Shareefa has now joined the Geffen music family where she hopes to continue making hit music and grow her fan base. Previously signed to DTP, Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair, Chaka Zulu, CEO of DTP and Ellerbee have now collaborated to develop and release her second studio album â€œThe Secret,â€ which is scheduled for February, 2010.
â€œWeâ€™re excited to have signed Shareefa exclusively with HUSH Management,â€ comments Ellerbee. â€œShe has a unique gift and is one of the most exceptional R&B artists Iâ€™ve seen in a long time. With this new project, Shareefa can build on the initial street buzz sheâ€™s developed over the past three years to really break out and reach a much wider audience.â€
In addition to Hush Management, Ellberbee has worked with close friend and business associate Young Jeezy by establishing CTE Music since 2000 and by creating a musical home for themselves and their talented roster of artists. Currently, Ellerbee anticipates a great outcome for the â€œAmericaâ€™s Most Wantedâ€ Music Festival featuring Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Drake, Soulja Boy Tell â€˜Em, Jeremih, and Pleasure P. In addition, Hush Management has began a new partnership with â€˜Hip Hop Since 1978â€™ lead by Kyambo â€œHip-Hopâ€ Joshua and Gee Roberson.
Now, they hope to work that same magic for other CTE artists including Slick Pulla, JW, Boo, and 211 to name a few. Demetriusâ€™ goal is to groom at least three to four more multi-platinum stars over the next 10 years, which he and Jeezy are well on the road to accomplishing with this impressive up-and-coming stable of talent.
Beyond his work co-owning a label and executive producing music, Ellerbee has established a solid track record as a savvy negotiator on behalf of his clients. For example, under the HUSH Management banner Ellerbee has brokered multi-million dollar endorsement deals for Young Jeezy with blue-chip brands such as Adidas and Belvedere Vodka.
About HUSH Management, LLC: Hush Management was founded in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia by Demetrius Ellerbee as a music management company. Since the companyâ€™s inception, Ellerbee has negotiated multi-million dollar endorsement deals, managed projects and overseen collaborations with Young Jeezy and superstars such as Usher, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Mary J.Blige, Rick Ross, Timberland, Jay-Z, The Dream, Fabolous, Jadakiss, and R.Kelly. Currently, the company is focused on upcoming albums for Young Jeezy, Shareefa and London.
About Shareefa: After a serious brush with the justice system helped Shareefa turn her life around, she began to focus on music. She first gained the attention of super producer and artist Teddy Riley (Guy, Blackstreet), who took an interest in the talented vocalist and began providing her with career guidance. Chris â€œLudacrisâ€ Bridges initially signed her to his Def Jam-affiliated Disturbing tha Peace group and label, where she had two featured appearances on the group’s late 2005 album,â€ I’ll Be Around.” The project built some anticipation for her debut album, â€œPoint of No Return,â€ which was released in the fall of 2006 with tracks from Riley, Chucky Thompson (Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans) and Rodney Jerkins (TLC, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears). Currently, Shareefa is signed to DTP/Geffen Records with a second album releasing next year.
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