Music Boss Andre Harrell Dies At Age 59
Music executive Andre Harrell has been remembered by stars including Mariah Carey and Ashton Kutcher following his death at aged 59.
Andre Harrell was known for signing Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and was the star’s longtime business partner.
The sad news was announced by DJ D-Nice, who posted a tribute on his Instagram page where he wrote:
Truly heartbroken. Rest peacefully, Andre Harrell.
His loss has been mourned by stars across the music industry, with superstar Mariah Carey admitting she was in tears at hearing the news.
In her tweet, she wrote:
Why Andre. My heart is breaking and I can’t stop crying. He was an amazing friend and I will miss him forever.
Also, Viola Davies mourned the legend, she wrote:
RIP Andre Harrell, thank you for the gift of so many incredible artists. Gone too soon.
Andre was the founder of the record label, Uptown Records. He also served as president/CEO of Motown Records. He was the first half of the hip hop duo Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde.
Harrell is perhaps most known as the man that turned Diddy into a music mogul.
In 1988, Mary J. Blige recorded an impromptu cover of Anita Baker’s “Caught Up in the Rapture” at a recording booth in a local mall.
Her mother’s boyfriend at the time later played the cassette for Jeff Redd, a recording artist and A&R runner for Uptown Records. Redd sent it to Harrell, who met with Blige.
In 1989, she was signed to the label, and she became the company’s youngest and first female solo artist.
Harrell is survived by a son named Gianni.