Andre Harrell (Dead) Bio, Age, Family, Wife, Kids, Net Worth and Music
Andre Harrell Biography
This is what you need to know about the late Andre Harrell, well known as the founder of the record label, Uptown Records. He also served as president/CEO of Motown Records. Harrell was the first half of the hip hop duo Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde. Harrell is the man that turned Diddy into a music mogul.
Andre Harrell Death – Cause of Death
Harrell, the founder of influential R&B and hip-hop label Uptown Records died on May 8, 2020, at the age of 59. Details about the cause of death are not yet known. Harrell’s passing was first announced by DJ D-Nice on his Instagram Live early Saturday morning (May 9), and sources have separately confirmed it to Billboard.
Andre Harrell Age
Andre Harrell was born on 26 September 1960, in Harlem, New York, United States. He was 59 years old.
Andre Harrell Wife
Harrell was married to an acclaimed choreographer Laurieann Gibson. He has a son named Gianni.
Andre Harrell Net Worth
Harrell had an estimated net worth of $50 million U.S dollars. His musical career was the primary source of his income.
Andre Harrell Education
Harrell and Alonzo Brown, his high school friend, formed a rap/ hip-hop duo named Dr. Jekyll (Harrell) and Mr. Hyde (Brown). The group achieved success with three major hit songs “Genius Rap,” “Fast Life,” and “AM/PM.” Despite this early success in the music industry, Harrell had other career intentions.
Harrell continued to pursue his studies by attending Lehman College in Bronx, where he majored in communications and business management. He wanted to become a newscaster. After three years, he dropped out of college and went to work for a local radio station.
Andre Harrell Career
Harrell met Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam Records back in 1983. He went to work for Def Jam and within two years became vice-president and general manager. After a few years working at Def Jam, he left and founded his own label of Uptown Records.
Harrell is credited with having discovered and signing Sean “Puffy” Combs. 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 was offered a label deal MCA Music Entertainment Group in 1988. After he had multiple successful releases, in 1992, MCA offered him a multimedia deal, which involved film and television productions. They developed FOX’s hit police drama series, New York Undercover, which aired from 1994-1998.
Harrell renamed Uptown Records as Uptown Enterprises, and its records were featured in productions for Universal Pictures and Universal Television. Harrell had a son with Wendy Credle, a music attorney in 1994, They named him Gianni Credle-Harrell.
Harrell was appointed CEO of Motown Records in 1995. After working with (Brad Digital) on the branding of his Pet project, Harrell hosted Champagne & Bubbles on Sunday nights from 6-9pm on Emmis Urban AC WRKS (98.7 Kiss FM)/New York. He was the CEO of Harrell Records, which is distributed through Atlantic Records. He partnered with budding Atlanta-based production company L7 Entertainment for the release of their new artists Hamilton Park and Netta Brielle.
He was the Vice Chairman of Revolt, Diddy’s multi-platform music network. On October 17, 2014, he was instrumental in launching the Revolt Music Conference in Miami, Florida, at the Fountainbleau Hotel. The event was attended by such entertainment figures as Guy Oseary, Russell Simmons, and L.A. Reid.