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Artists Only ! Records is a New York based entertainment company with international distribution. Artists Only, founded in 1995, has released over 150 titles to date. Artists Only has launched 5 very successful Departments which include Reggae, Dance/Electronic, New Age, Jazz and Classical.

Artists Only! Records is:
Gerry McCarthy
Dale Ashley
Russell Gerlach
Elizabeth Hendler
Tom Hammer
George Fearon
David A. Lifson
Navarre Distribution


Gerry McCarthy, President/Executive Producer

Gerry is the co-founder of Artists Only! Records. His experience spans 16 years in the music industry including work within the Recording Studio, Songwriting, Music Retail and within the Major Label Corporate structure. Gerry's experience includes a tenure at Warner Bros. Records where he served as International Product Manager of Artist Development. At Warner Bros. Records Gerry developed marketing/promotional plans for such artists as R.E.M., Lou Reed, B-52's, David Byrne, Paula Cole, ZZ Top and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. His Recording Studio experience includes the co-editing of the first three Hit singles from the Paula Cole album, This Fire with partner
, Dale Ashley. In 1998 his first co-production credit was shared with Dale Ashley with the recording of Jazz Legend, Jimmy Scott's album, Holding Back The Years. Gerry is one of the executive producers for Artists Only! success series, Platinum Reggae.
email Gerry McCarthy

Dale Ashley, General Manager/Producer
Dale's experience covers 15 years in music industry including serving as the manager for the New York Branch Sales Office of the Navarre Corporation (a national distribution company), from 1994 -1996. Prior to that time, he has also served as the Vice President of Twinbrook Music Inc. (a New York based regional distribution company). In addition to his responsibilities at AO! Records, Dale also owns and operates Grace Note Productions, a digital recording studio that includes a full service editing and mastering facility. He has co-produced the Mark Kostabi - I Did It Steinway album with Charles Coleman and the Jimmy Scott album Holding Back The Years with Gerry McCarthy on Artists Only. Dale has also recorded multiple works with the Absolute Ensemble conducted by Kristjan Järvi. Other engineering credits include mastering the Artists Only! releases.
email Dale Ashley


Russell Gerlach, Product Manager
Through his freelance writing for The Beat, Club Life, Dub Missive, a Reggae Nucleus staff member, his club deejaying work, popular radio show on Groove 103.1 in Los Angeles, his concert promotion/publicity work for RaggaMuffins Productions, the producers of the annual Bob Marley Festival and other concerts on the West Coast, Russell is already a well-known figure within the reggae community. His responsibilities at AO! include promotion/publicity and the scouting of new talent. Russell is integral to the marketing plans of Artists Only and works directly with the Artists and Managers.

For all promotional, or interview requests, please contact Russell.
email Russell Gerlach

Julia Rebone, Art Department Art Director/Production Manager
Julia's responsibilities at Artists Only! Records include graphic design,CD-rom production and output for all AO! titles. She also is the graphic designer for all advertising as well as upkeeping the web-site, converting mp3 files and video streaming.

Elizabeth Hendler, Web-Site Designer
Elizabeth created the design and original web-site for Artists Only!.
email Elizabeth Hendler


Tom Hammer, Staff Producer
In addition to his responsibilities at AO! Records, Tom is a song writer for Sony Publishing. Artists with whom Tom has worked include Vernon Reed, The Family Stand,Lisa Fisher ( who is on Electra and toured with the Rolling Stones last year) and he produced the Resolve album Jack for Artists Only.




Legal and Accounting
George Fearon of Phillips Nizer
in New York is legal counsel for Artists Only.

David A. Lifson of Hays & Company is the accountant for Artists Only.

Distribution
Navarre Corporation
is the exclusive national distributor for Artists Only.
Navarre Corporate Head Quarters


Navarre has additional sales offices in Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, and Hawaii.

Navarre has been a national distributor of prerecorded music and personal computer software since 1983. Building on its strength and expertise as a leading independent distributor of prerecorded music, Navarre has achieved increasing sales in the growing market for personal computer software and interactive CD-ROM software. Their product line includes over 20,000 SKU's of compact discs, and interactive CD-ROM software sold to over 500 customers with over 7,000 locations. Navarre supplies its products to wholesale and retail locations throughout the United States from its distribution facilities in suburban Minneapolis. The company┼s primary customers include (i) music and computer specialty chains such as Musicland and Circuit City, (ii) membership wholesale clubs such as Sams Club and BJs. (iii) mass merchandisers and discount retailers such as Target and Best Buy. (iv) wholesalers and rackjobbers such as Alliance Entertainment (CD One Stop) and Handleman. Navarre attributes its success to its innovative forward approach to the market place. With its unique ability to cross-pollenate the computer software retail market with the music retail market, Navarre can place music products in software outlets and software in music outlets. By creating larger markets for both products they ensure deeper market penetration for their propriety products and increase their value from the customers perspective. No other independent distributor has this advantage. Within the Music Products Division, Navarre keeps its label roster down to approximately 40 to allow for greater focus on the artists from its sales staff.


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