Industry Executive, Producer, Songwriter
Kerry Gordy grew up in the legendary landmark Motown: House of Hits home in Detroit. He started in the mailroom, later being promoted to the position of Director of A&R, where he worked on projects with Gold and Platinum artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Rick James and Billy Preston among others In 1991 Kerry consulted and invested in Al Bell’s (Former Stax Owner and Motown President) independently distributed label, Bellmark Records. This union yielded the year’s biggest smash hit, “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by the group “Tag Team”. In 1993, Kerry became the Vice President of two divisions for Paisley Park Records, A&R and Artist Development, (a joint venture between Time-Warner and the superstar “Prince”). He produced and co-wrote George Clinton’s comeback hit “Paint The White House Black” utilizing icons of the rap and rock community such as Platinum artists Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Kerry served as Vice President of A&R for Warner Bros. Records, where in 1995 the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America) awarded him with Gold records on Zapp and Roger’s “All the Greatest Hits” and Prince’s “Come” Album. Kerry mentored his younger brother “Red Foo” (aka Stefan Gordy) of LMFAO, whose last two records have gone to #1. Kerry managed Rick James, who sold in excess of 25 million records and grossed over $40 million in concert revenue. Between 1998 and 2001 Kerry was awarded Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum, and Triple Platinum sales awards by the R.I.A.A. in commemoration of licensing Rick James’ controlled compositions to Salt n Pepa’s “Brand New” Project, Erykah Badu’s “Live” Project and Mary J. Blige’s “Share My World” and “My Life” projects respectively. Kerry was also awarded the coveted diamond award for the sales of over 12,000,000 copies of Boyz to Men II.