Varnell Johnson - President

This Temple University graduate, known as VJ to those in the industry has enjoyed an illustrious career serving in many senior management capacities. He has held a variety of senior management positions at EMI (Capitol and Manhattan/Blue Note Records), Universal Music Group (Island Records) and BMG (Jive Records). During his tenure in the EMI Records family he was chosen to serve as Vice President for the new label Manhattan/Blue Note Records (now the home of Norah Jones.) resulting in Bob by McFerren's classic "Don't Worry Be Happy."

It was VJ's sense for talent that led him as Vice President Artist & Repertoire/ Promotion to sign such Platinum artists as Freddie Jackson, Tina Turner, George Clinton and Ashford & Simpson. VJ was among the first minority executives to have the power to sign acts and create and execute the marketing plans for those acts. His work w/Frankie Beverly and Maze led to the landmark recording "Frankie Beverly & Maze Live in New Orleans" and his strategies help transform Tina Turner from a R&B star to an international pop star. During his tenure as Senior Vice President at Jive Records, R. Kelly, The Fresh Prince (Will Smith) & Jazzy Jeff and the late Aaliyah all got their first taste of success due to VJ's efforts. At Island, in a similar capacity, he helped sign and re-tool the image of the legendary Isley Brothers, introducing them to a new legion of fans especially their front man Ron Isley known to today's audience's as "Mr. Big." Today, VJ manages his own Junes Entertainment Company still providing his expertise to many of today's leading music companies.

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