Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum music producer/composer/arranger/songwriter and recording artist Teddy Riley has begun his global talent search for songwriters and producers to come aboard his powerful and far-reaching movement, TR Music Group. His company, a partnership with crooner Keith Sweat, boasts a record label, publishing department and talent agency.
2012 marked the 25-year anniversary for Teddy Riley being the creator/architect of the “New Jack Swing” genre of music, according to his bio. In recent years, Teddy expanded his global movement by successfully delving into the K-Pop genre, and is credited for being the first African American to bring Korean Pop Music (K-Pop) to the USA.
One of his recent K-Pop success came with his hand-picked girl group “Girls Generation,” who made their US debut to a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden in October of 201ll. Under his leadership, the group sold nearly 500,000 unites of their No.1 hit LP “The Boys” and logged more than 40 million YouTube views.
In an interview with me for Yahoo! Voices, Riley indicated, ”We have now put together our new publishing company TR Music Group and we are looking for songwriters for every genre.” “TR Music Group is the enterprise/entertainment company which encompasses the publishing department, TR X the technology company and several others including the record label.”
Teddy says, “It’s a global talent search.” He continues, “Our overall goal is to provide a home for songwriters and artists to come to and trust that we will keep them busy, challenged and provide as many opportunities as possible for them to grow and earn.”
As we discussed the role of his new company and what it means to the industry and upcoming artists, Teddy explained his continued leadership role and that of his company. “We are looking to create the new legends.” “Right now there isn’t anyone taking responsibility for creating the new legends, the Guy, the Blackstreet, the 112, the Silk, the SWV.” “Keith Sweat and I thought about doing our own talent agency so we have partnered on this venture to build these artist, get them constant work and keep them on tour.” “That’s our plan” he said.
According to our conversation, while he has been most recently involved with the K-Pop movement, his songwriter/producer search looks to attract those that can work with ANY genre of music.
According to his bio, Teddy Riley is currently working feverishly in his Atlanta studio preparing to release a one of a kind new Blackstreet LP. As a kick-off to his 25 Year Anniversary celebration, a proclamation created by the Atlanta City Council, the Mayor and other officials was recently presented to him in honor of his major contributions to the music industry.
You can get a detailed list of Teddy Riley’s accolades and credits on allmusic.com.
(Source: J. Doby, Yahoo! Voices)
Jerry is Executive Editor of The Hype Magazine and a member of the Recording Academy (Grammy’s), as well as a freelance publicist with more than 10 years experience in the urban music field. He was named as a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network in 2012 and published on Yahoo! Voices.