Sylvia Rhone is the President of Epic Records and founder/CEO of Vested in Culture, her label with Epic Records.
A pioneer of the diversity-driven business model, Ms. Rhone has succeeded for more than three decades as one of the most influential female executives in the history of music business. Currently overseeing a roster of breakthrough, best-selling artists, the Epic lineup includes Meghan Trainor, Michael Jackson, Future, Sara Bareilles, KONGOS, A Great Big World, Fifth Harmony and OutKast, among many others. Additionally, her Vested in Culture lineup boast a diverse roster of young, fresh and new talent, including Latin pop singer-songwriter Kat Dahlia, rapper Casey Veggies and soulful Danish chanteuse CoCo (formerly of Quadron).
Rhone’s previous 10-year tenure as Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group (EEG) saw her transform the boutique label into one of the most eclectic rosters in the history of the music business, with her historic appointment in 1994 as Chairman/CEO of EEG establishing her as the only African-American and the first woman in the history of the recording industry to attain such a title. Among many other artists, Rhone was largely responsible for the breakout success of Missy Elliott, Metallica, Busta Rhymes, Natalie Merchant, En Vogue, Staind, Tracy Chapman, Jason Mraz, Yolanda Adams, Third Eye Blind, Gerald Levert, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Fabolous.
Generally regarded as the most influential female executive in the history of the music business, Sylvia Rhone began her career with Buddha Records in 1974. She also held positions at ABC Records and Ariola Records, as well as previously being part of the Elektra family, eventually promoted to Director/National Black Music Marketing. She took on broader responsibilities in A&R and Marketing in 1986 with her promotion to Senior Vice President/General Manager of Atlantic Records.
Born and raised in New York City’s historic Harlem, Ms. Rhone holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.