Atlanta Artists

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Atlanta Artists
Parent company PolyGram
Founded 1983
Status Defunct since 1991.
Distributor(s) Mercury Records
Genre Various
Country of origin US
Location US

Atlanta Artists was a sub-label of Mercury Records founded by Larry Blackmon of the group Cameo.

Origins[edit]

After Cameo's 7th album, Knights of the Sound Table (1981), Blackmon reduced the group from 10 members to a 5-member unit. This change was made due to the economics of the music industry at that time. Blackmon relocated the group from New York to Atlanta, Georgia.

With their core of five members, they released the album Alligator Woman, a fusion of funk, new wave and a synthesizer-driven sound (compared to their previous albums which had more horn arrangements).

Atlanta Artists history[edit]

The album Style followed in 1983 as the first release for Atlanta Artists. This release continued their new musical direction by adding electronic drums to their production. This new sound was a blueprint for their following albums.

The funkgroup Ca$hflow and solo artist Barbara Mitchell (formerly in the female group High Inergy) signed and released for the label, while Blackmon produced also artists on other labels:

During Cameo's popular concert tours in the UK around the mid-1980s, Ca$hflow traveled along with them as a supporting act.

In 1991, after Cameo's move to Reprise, Atlanta Artists was absorbed into Mercury Records.