Motown has been retooling the vision of the label by building a new artist roster and hiring Senior Vice President of A&R Ne-Yo. The newest venture for legendary record company is creation of Motown Gospel, the result of a joint venture partnership with EMI Gospel.
"The new Motown Gospel label will offer broader Urban AC crossover potential and further opportunities and synergy between Motown Gospel artists and the Motown and Island Def Jam urban roster," said Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group East Coast Label Group.
The newly formed label's roster includes multiple Stellar Award winning artists VaShawn Mitchell, Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago and Grammy nominee Anita Wilson. Gospel superstar Cece Winans has announced plans to join Motown Gospel; her new album is tentatively scheduled for 2014.
This year, the company plans to release Tye Tribbett’s ‘Greater Than,’ and new albums by Keirra Shead and Smokie Norful.