Rock Ridge Music

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Rock Ridge Music
Rock Ridge Music.jpg
Founded 2004
Founder Tom Derr, Chris Henderson, Jason Spiewak
Status Active
Distributor(s) ADA (Warner Music Group)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Official website

Rock Ridge Music is an independent record label and artist management company based in Newark, New Jersey. Founded in 2004, it has signed, managed, and/or promoted artists including Reel Big Fish, Sister Hazel, Rachel Platten, Attack! Attack! UK, The Ike Reilly Assassination, and Fiction Family.


Rock Ridge Music was founded in 2004 by Tom Derr and Jason Spiewak in Washington Crossing, PA along with partner Chris Henderson.[1] CEO Derr was the former Vice-President of Marketing and Artist Development for Universal Records, and had also previously worked at RCA Records and A&M Records.[1] Spiewak had held positions at Artemis Records and TVT Records.[2] Chris Henderson, guitarist for modern rock group 3 Doors Down, joined in 2004 and went on to become Vice President of A&R for the label.[3] The company moved its headquarters to Newark, NJ in 2007 and opened a Nashville, TN office at the beginning of 2014.

In 2005, Cynthia Cochrane joined as a partner, serving as General Manager and Creative Director from 2006 to 2012.[4] She had previously held positions at Universal Motown Records Group, Capitol Records, Blue Note Records and BMG Music. Cochrane was named President in 2013 following Spiewak’s departure from the company.[3]

Rock Ridge Music's first release, The Ike Reilly Assassination's Sparkle In The Finish, hit stores on October 12, 2004.[1] The company was launched as a full-service independent record label and subsequently added management and marketing consulting services as well. The label has released albums from artists such as Reel Big Fish, Psychostick, Fiction Family, Rachel Platten and others. Management clients include Aaron & The Spell, Grace & Tony, JD Eicher & the Goodnights, Charlie Oxford, Joe Bachman, Cody Joe Tillman and Christian Lopez as well as previous management roster acts such as Sister Hazel, Pat McGee, Ingram Hill and Tony Lucca.[5]

Their marketing division, Rock Ridge Marketing, has worked with artists signed to a number labels, including majors such as J Records, Decca, A&M/Octone and RCA, and indies such as Chime Entertainment, TVT Records, and Razor & Tie. They have worked on campaigns for acts including Daughtry, Better Than Ezra, Collective Soul, Blackberry Smoke, Buckcherry, Barry Manilow and Rod Stewart.[5]

Rock Ridge has a deal with Live 365 to run an internet radio station called Rock Ridge Radio, which plays tracks from Rock Ridge artists past and present, as well as new and classic music.[3]


Rock Ridge Music distributes hard copies of music, merchandise, digital music, and other media internationally.[6] Their CDs are distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance[1] (Warner Music Group).[2]

Selected discography[edit]

Artist Title Year Notes
Sister Hazel Chasing Daylight 2003
Five.Bolt.Main Complete 2006 "The Gift" reached #42 on Mediabase Active Rock chart on 3/28/06, #47 on R&R on 4/7/06[citation needed]
Psychostick We Couldn't Think Of A Title 2006 Track "BEER!!!" reached #37 on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock chart on 10/6/06, and #44 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart on 2/11/07[citation needed]
Five.Bolt.Main Live 2006
Kittie Never Again EP 2006
Chris Volz Redemption 2007
Bernie Williams Moving Forward 2009 #1 on the Jazz Radio chart (twice in 2010)[citation needed]
Cherry Poppin' Daddies Susquehanna 2009
Cherry Poppin' Daddies Skaboy JFK 2009
Rachel Platten Be Here 2011 #21 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 in 2011
Reel Big Fish Candy Coated Fury 2012 #80 on the Billboard 200 in 2012
Grace & Tony November 2013

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Industry Profile: Tom Derr". Celebrity Access. Retrieved 2013-07-17.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ a b Vasquetelle, Israel (January 8, 2011). "New Era Record Label and Music Industry Executive Interview: Jason Spiewak of Rock Ridge Music". Insomniac Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mission". Rock Ridge Music. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Cynthia Cochrane Named GM At Rock Ridge Music". All Access. April 22, 200. Retrieved 2013-07-17.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Services". Rock Ridge Marketing. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  6. ^ "Music Inc. Sounds Aligns with Rock Ridge Music". Music Inc. Retrieved 2013-07-17. 

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