Jerry Blair is a record executive who has been involved a number of top artists and labels for over two decades.
Early music interest
Jerry Blair's love of music started early. He helped start a radio station at Camp Laurelwood in North Madison, CT with the help of Stu Katz, Danny Smolen, and audio visual counselor Steve Garson. While attending Brandeis University, he ran the programming board. Then at Boston University School of Law, he worked as a college rep for CBS Records.
Chrysalis and Columbia
He spent 11 years at Columbia Records Group, the dominant label in the business throughout the '90s. As executive vice president, Blair oversaw the career development of Mariah Carey, The Fugees, Destiny's Child, and Jessica Simpson. Additionally, he directed the campaigns that brought Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Aerosmith’s greatest triumphs.
Blair moved on to Arista Records, as executive vice president. Under his tutelage, the airwaves exploded with Usher, Outkast, Pink, and Dido. Continuing to push the limits of market crossover, Blair spearheaded the campaign for Ricky Martin alongside Deborah L. Castillero, introducing him to an Anglo audience and making Martin a household name. This initiated the Latin crossover explosion, which included Marc Anthony, Shakira, and Jennifer Lopez. Blair’s foresight served as the catalyst to marketers and advertisers to the booming Hispanic population and their purchasing power in the US. He developed Non Fronteras with Arista and BMG Latin, the first of its kind joint venture between the Anglo and Latin music companies, developing campaigns for Santana and Christian Castro.
In 2004, Jerry Blair and Rich Isaacson founded The Fuerte Group. The Fuerte Group combined the talents of Hispanic marketers, music marketing agents, radio consultants, special event orgranizers, street team marketers and artist managers. It was a company aimed specifically at targeting the Latin music market and lifestyle. The Fuerte Group managed, consulted or worked with artists and clients such as Sise, Cabas, Kat Deluna, Aventura, Thalia, Wise the Gold Pen, Coca-Cola, Western Union and Univision.
Global Entertainment Management
Today, Blair heads Global Entertainment Management,Founded in 2009, GEM is a powerhouse multidisciplinary talent and management company based in New York City. GEM's mission is to provide outstanding professional management services and distinguished instruction to their clients throughout the music, entertainment and digital industries. The passion and professionalism behind GEM led the company to a joint venture with Primary Wave Music Publishing in 2010. In its five years, the company has tripled its roster of talent, which now includes a comprehensive partnership with Wyclef Jean, and the management of superstar producer/writer Aaron Pearce, and Top 40 pop artist Chris Wallace. GEM has continued its success in 2014, entering into a strategic partnership with ThinkSay Records, the #1 independent pop label home to Chris Wallace. Their most recent partnership is with Top Independent Rock label Fat Lady Music, home to emerging artists such as Devour The Day. Mr. Blair has been involved with the music industry's top recording labels and artists who have defined popular culture and radio airwaves for over 25 years. During the height of the 80s, Jerry headed the west coast office of Chrysalis Records working with leading artists such as Huey Lewis, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Jethro Tull and Blondie. He went on to spend the next 11 years at Columbia Records Group, which remained the dominant recording label in the music industry throughout the 90s. While at Columbia, Jerry served as the Executive Vice President for the label and personally oversaw the career development of music superstars Mariah Carey, The Fugees, Destiny's Child and Jessica Simpson. He additionally rejuvenated Aerosmith's career by pairing the group up with Diane Warren. The result was, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," Aerosmith's first single to top the charts at #1. He orchestrated the promotional and marketing campaigns of legendary artists Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel which resulted in bringing some of the greatest grossing record sales and concert tours in their careers. Mr. Blair was the catalyst of the Latin pop explosion by launching Ricky Martin's U.S. career. Starting with his show-stopping performance at the 1999 Grammys to "Livin' La Vida Loca" skyrocketing to #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, Blair's foresight opened the door for numerous other Latin artists, including Shakira, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias to crossover into the English market. He was later hired to serve as the Executive Vice President at Arista Records. There he was instrumental in developing the careers of Usher, Outkast, Pink and Dido. Pink's debut album, "Can't Take Me Home," produced three massive radio hits which went top 10 in the US, driving domestic sales of over two million and more than five million dollars worldwide. Mr. Blair went on to re-launch the career of Mariah Carey as her partner in Monarc Music. He secured a worldwide distribution deal with Universal Music for Carey which resulted in enabling her to re-capture her place among the top selling pop charts and concert tours and to maintain her current success. Continually respected industry wide as a leading multi-cultured music-promoter and lifestyle-marketer specialist, Blair has created another superstar with Mika, who he signed. As a result of his management, Mika received a Grammy nomination and in 2007 was the number one selling new artist selling more than six million units worldwide and he continues to enjoy his consistent position at the top of the charts as a multi-platinum artist around the world.