Chris Anokute is an A&R executive. He grew up in New Jersey and his parents are from Nigeria. While at Capitol Records he oversaw artists including Katy Perry, Joss Stone and Priscilla Renea. He is currently Senior Vice-President of A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group
Anokute's entry point into the music industry came when, at the age of 17, he approached John Houston, father of Whitney, and asked to be part of his management team. Houston hired Anokute as an apprentice.
At the same time he secured an internship in A&R administration at Def Jam Records, working under A&R executive Rob Mitchell. Once promoted to A&R Administration assistant, he worked on projects including Sum 41, Ashanti, Foxy Brown and Jay-Z's The Blueprint.
Anokute discovered the songwriter Alisha Brooks and introduced her to Vada Nobles. Nobles provided a selection of instrumentals to write to, and from one track Brooks created "Pon de Replay". Soon afterwards the song was recorded by the then unknown Rihanna. Pon De Replay landed the 16-year-old a deal with Def Jam Universal, becoming her debut single as a major label recording artist.
Anokute was soon hired by Jason Flom as the Senior Director A&R at Virgin/Capitol, where his first A&R work project was Joss Stone's critically acclaimed "Introducing Joss Stone" (2007). A year later, Chris and Jason signed Katy Perry through an introduction from Katy's long time publicist, Angelica Cob-Baehler. Chris went on to successfully A&R Katy's first two multi-platinum Capitol albums, One Of The Boys (2008) and Teenage Dream (2010), yielding 11 #1 singles and over 50 million albums and singles sold collectively. Teenage Dream.
In 2011, Mr. Anokute moved to Universal Motown as Senior Vice President, A&R. There he worked closely with Motown President Sylvia Rhone, assisting her on Kelly Rowland's first album for the label, Here I Am, which included the #1 single “Motivation” (featuring Lil’ Wayne)
In 2012, Chris made a lateral move to Island Def Jam Music Group, where he serves as the company's Senior Vice-President of A&R.
- "Interview With Chris Anokute". HitQuarters. 18 Oct 2010. Retrieved 25 Oct 2010.
- "Correction to the interview with Chris Anokute". HitQuarters. 21 Jan 2011. Retrieved 21 Jan 2011.