Chris Hicks (record executive)

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Chris Hicks (record executive)
Born (1970-09-29) September 29, 1970 (age 43)
Richmond, California, United States
Occupation Record executive
Years active 1989–present
Island Def Jam

Christopher Hicks (born September 29, 1970) is an American record industry executive, artist manager, and publisher.[1][2][3][4] He has worked with a plethora of songwriters and producers including Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige, Letoya Luckett, Aaliyah, Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox, The-Dream, T.I., Timbaland, Lil Wayne, Justice League, Jennifer Lopez and Usher.[1][5][2][3][6] Hicks currently holds the Executive Vice President position at Island Def Jam Music Group, and is CEO of Content Media Group based in Atlanta.[1][5][2][3][7]


Hicks grew up in Richmond, California.[3] He attended Howard University from 1989 to 1993, [8] where he began his career promoting concerts and parties.[9] Hicks moved to Atlanta in 1997 starting a production company called Noontime Music with childhood friends.[4][9] Noontime's exclusive roster of producers included Jazze Pha, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Teddy Bishop.[10] After a slow start, Noontime gained recognition when Hicks' college peer Sean “Diddy” Combs signed on to manage their first producer, Jeffery “J-Dub” Walker.[10] Its publishing catalog has “more than 25 No.1 records and 600-plus working copyrights…” [11]

In April 2007, Hicks was appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Urban Music at Warner/Chappell Music, Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Atlantic Records, as well as Vice President of the A&R Urban East Coast Department at Warner Bros. Records.[12][4] During his role as Head of Urban Music at Warner/Chappell Music, Hicks’ department was responsible for signing T.I., Lil Wayne, The-Dream, Danja as well as then newcomers Drumma Boy, Claude Kelly, and Kevin Cossum.[12][4][9] In 2006 he led WCM to its first ever BMI Urban Music Award, and spearheaded the catalogue extension of Timbaland in 2007.[12][4] During Hicks tenure WCM Urban Music department garnered over 125 top ten records including over 30 #1's.[4][9]

In early 2009 Hicks replaced the late Shakir Stewart as Executive Vice President of Island Def Jam Music Group.[1][5][2][3] At Def Jam, he is responsible for overseeing the Def Jam A&R staff as well as serving as a liaison to the Chairman and the President. Hicks also works in an A&R capacity, heading projects for both Def Jam Records and Island Records.[1][5][2][3] Hicks’ most recent endeavor is Content Media Group, an independently owned management and consulting company. Through Content he directly manages Grammy Award winning songwriter Johntá Austin and Grammy Award winning producer/songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox.[13] Since 2005 Hicks has served as A&R Consultant for Mary J. Blige.[12][4] His work with Blige includes delivering her the Grammy Award winning song "Be Without You," and brokering the "Heart of the City" tour with Jay-Z.[12][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sonia Murray (May 10, 2009). "Def Jam exec deals with business, loss". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved February 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jayson Rodriguez (January 15, 2009). "Chris Hicks To Replace The Late Shakir Stewart At Def Jam". MTV. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hillary Crosley (January 22, 2009). "Chris Hicks named Def Jam executive VP". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 12, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Susan Butler (August 18, 2007). "A day in the life of Chris Hicks". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Christopher Hicks Appointed Executive Vice President, Def Jam Recordings". PR Newswire. February 17, 2009. Retrieved February 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Smith, Danyel. Q&A: Chris Hicks, 2011, p. 13, Billboard Magazine
  7. ^ Smith, Danyel. Q&A: Chris Hicks, 2011, p. 13, Billboard Magazine
  8. ^ Christopher Hicks, Canadian Music Week 2005, Retrieved February 10, 2010
  9. ^ a b c d Samantha Marshall (April 16, 2007). "Music middleman; Warner exec straddles publishing, recording roles to put hitmaking artists together". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Demetria Lucas (October 2003). "Four friends on the fast track: this quartet is looking to create a music powerhouse - Making It". Black Enterprise. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ Smith, Danyel. Q&A: Chris Hicks, 2011, p. 13, Billboard Magazine
  12. ^ a b c d e Christopher Hicks Named Senior Vice President, Urban A&R for Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records Group and Warner/Chappell Music, WMG Press Release, April 16, 2007, Retrieved February 10, 2010
  13. ^ Sonia Murray (February 11, 2007). "The men behind Mary J. Blige". Cox News Service. Retrieved February 12, 2010.