Centricity Music Expands Team
Independent Christian label begins year with new hires
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2017) – Last fall Centricity Music celebrated ten years of growth in the music industry; now, the music label enters its eleventh year with growth in its team.
January 1, Centricity welcomed John Stokes as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing and Kory Henkel as Manager of National Promotion. The label also recognized the work and responsibilities of one of its original staff members, John Mays, adapting his position to Senior Vice President of A&R.
These changes represent the independent record label’s ongoing expansion and development, as its roster of artists and plans for new projects increase. General Manager Steve Ford is confident in the contributions these new hires bring to that expansion and is grateful for the skills they harness in the fields of music sales, promotion, and artist development.
With Stokes, those skills prove invaluable as Centricity’s Senior Director of Sales and Marketing, as which he spearheads the department’s efforts to reach audiences in effective and innovative ways. In the ever-changing field of music distribution, Ford recognizes the worth Stokes’ knowledge adds to the label.
“To have a guy like John Stokes join our team is such a privilege,” Ford says. “He brings years of relationships and experience to our team. His leadership skills will be a great asset.”
Henkel’s responsibilities as National Promotional Manager entail reaching listeners through music’s foremost outlet: radio. His role emphasizes working with stations in the Southeast. Centricity Senior Director of National Promotion Kris Love says the department moved up their hiring timeline to ensure Henkel could join the team.
“[Kory] has a gift where everyone that meets him just likes him immediately,” Love says. “Even more importantly, he has a heart to serve and love radio people in any way he can. Kory coming on board only allows our partnership with Christian radio to grow deeper and wider.”
And at the heart of each song being sold and promoted, Mays oversees the label’s first responsibility: finding incredible artists and producing impactful music. The far-reach of his work is now noted in an updated title of Senior Vice President of A&R. Ford notes that Mays not only provides essential guidance to the entire creative staff, but holds a special place in the label’s history.
“There would be no Centricity as we currently know it without John Mays. He has been the heart of the label since day one,” says Ford. “He is the one who challenged me to join the Centricity team. I am so excited to recognize his contribution and the expertise he brings to Centricity.”
These roles come together to represent what Centricity does as a whole: enables artists to create life-changing experiences for the world. For both its new and seasoned employees, the worth of their vocational efforts goes beyond technical abilities and is found in the character and heart with which they serve the music industry.