Bruce Knight began his music industry career in 1975 working with an independent record distributor in Detroit, which distributed local and national recording artists to various record stores in the mid-west region. In 1978 he became the first African-American salesman in Detroit for ABC-Dunhill and held additional sales positions with MCA, Phonodisc and Polygram Records soliciting new releases of various musical genres to include: Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Country & Western, Classical and Top-40. His accounts included various retailers, wholesalers and one-stops. He advanced in his sales career to multiple chain retailers and soon was responsible for corporate clients such as Handelman, K-Mart and Wal-Mart. In 1980 he landed promotional responsibilities with the legendary Casablanca Records. His mentors Neil Bogart, Jeryl Busby, Ernie Singleton, Rubin Rodriguez and Cecil Homes encouraged him to expand his knowledge of other areas and relocated to the southwest region of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. His artist roster has included: Inez Andrews, The Five Blind Boys, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Jackson Southernaires, Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman, Gladys Knight, Norman Connors, John & Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders, Donna Summer, Village People , Bobby Blue Bland, B.B King George Clinton and Parliament Funkdelics, Curtis Blow, Steeley Dan, The Bee Gees, The Fat Back Band, Joe Simon, Con-Funk-Shun, Kurtis Blow, The Goon Squad, The Ohio Players, Platypus, Kool & The Gang, The Gap Band, Cameo, The Bar-Kays, Loretta Lynn, Pavarotti, Three Dog Night, Kiss and helped most of them to sell in excess of one million records each! In 1990 he returned to Detroit and was appointed National Director of Promotion and Marketing for Crystal Rose Records a Detroit based gospel label founded by Detroit Attorney Benjamin Whitfield, Producers Michael Powell, Donald Lawrence and Brian Spears. They have recorded such artists as Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers, Ricky Dillard and New Generation, The Thomas Whitfield Company, Chris & Kyle, Gabriel Hardeman, Rodney Posey, Twinkie Clark & The Florida A & M Gospel Choir and Brenda Waters. Bruce’s’ expertise and network abilities have enabled him to work with the most influential people in the entertainment industry today. His collaboration with other record industry moguls has opened the doors for many up and coming recording artist in areas of promotion and sales in various markets. In 2007 he identified the need for independent artists to market themselves though his internet marketing and promotions firm, Push-It Online Newszine. As a consultant, he provides various services by developing promotional marketing plans to generate airplay, retail sales, identify distribution sources and provides performance opportunities at various churches and Gospel venues. Over the last few years, Bruce has also served as Talent Coordinator for the “Gospel SuperFest” Television Broadcast, Executive Produced by Dr. Bobby Cartwright that is broadcast on the Word Network, The Gospel Music Channel and other major networks nationally. Over the years, he has managed various duties for artists such as: Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton, The Clark Sisters, Carnell Murrell, Jai Reed, Derrick Starks, Zak Williams & 1/Akord, Psalmist Doris Stokes, Leanne Faine, Moses Tyson, Jr., James “Kelly Fox” Davis, Ricky Dillard, Brenda Waters, Donald Lawrence and Al Mac Will. Most recently he has catapulted several artists into Stellar Gospel Music Awards as a winner or nomination status including: Bishop Marvin Winans, Beverly Crawford, Moses Tyson, Jr. Marcus Cole, Jai Reed Alice “Al Mac Will” Williams and The Gospel Skate Jam Series,.
Location: Fairfield, OH