Timbrel Records

by Terry Watson | September 19th, 2019
Timbrel Records

Timbrel Records

Timbrel Records was birthed upon God’s vision on October 30, 1990. During this time period, Grammy Award winning vocalist D’angelo had just release his album,“Brown Sugar”. This was during the time when Douglas L. Wilder was elected as the 66th and first African American Governor of the state of Virginia.

The southeast coast of the United States is known for great musical talents, of whom have traveled to the west coast for record contract and deals. Timbrel Records founder and CEO, William Author Shaw shares how the term “Go West Young Man, Go West” prompted him to reachout to Governor Wilder and see what could be done to keep those talents on the east cost. As a result, this is how Timbrel Records became listed as the first multicultural major/independent, record and music publishing company from the southeast coast.

Upshaw points out a few artist who put Timbrel Records, Inc./BMI on the map, globally. “We have signed national recording artist Clarinetist Sharron, Summer, Diva Maria, Guitartist Barry Tillman, Evangelist Darlene King, Gospel Rapper Thomas Bynum, dance choreographer Zachariah Davis, The Star Finesse, and many more,” he shares.

Those artists listed have opened for major concert venues during their concert touring season. “Timbrel Records Ink” house studio band accompanies their signed artists. The band members include Jay Parker, Percussionist, Lead Rythum Artist Guitarist, Barry Tillman, Fred Franklin, Bass, Bernard Alston, and Melvin Hill. Upshaw is the Keyboardist, and Percell Ford is the Artist Keyboardist. There are a few others who are not listed.

With everything there comes change and challenges. For Upshaw, he says throughout the years in the music industry, he has noticed the transition from (8 Track Tapes) to (Cassettes), and then to a (Compact Disc), and to the current popular (Flash Drive). The way music is distributed has changed also with a lot of it being streamed on line than is purchased at a retail store. “Concert and tour promoters sometimes develop a large overhead budget, but forget about compensation to the artist/band. Timbrel Records has established capital to compensate our artists and bands when necessary,” he says. Also, he points out how he feels how some music has lost its “flavor” over the years. “We have kept the flavor in our music and that helps to keep the status of Timbrel Records number one in the southeast.”

Upshaw shares how Timbrel Records has enhanced the careers of many artists, songwriters, and music industry executives. He also points out how he feels very priviledged and honored to share the stage with other celebrity artists such as Frankie Beverly & Maze, Wayman Tisdale, Chuck Brown, Ledisi, Vicki Winans, Will Downing, Dorothy Norwood, Glenn Jones, Teena Marie, Anthony Hamilton, Yolanda Adams, Kurt Karr, Larry Graham & Central Station, Jasmine Sullivan, Chrissette Michelle, Letoya Luckett, Lisa Raye, Nia Long, Lou Gousett Jr., David Sanborn, Kymani Marley, Bella Dona. and many more.

Upshaw says he has been inspired by the outpouring of love and support that Timbrel Records has received over the years. This includes their relationship with signed leading female artist and Clarinetist, Sharron, who is listed as one of the first prolific female Clarinetist upon the east coast. He is aso inspired by Huami Magazine. “During the 1990’s, the gospel music family of the Winans, reference helped with inducting our record company into the ‘NARAS’, which is the Grammy Association. We are also grateful for the support of radio station Power 92 radio in Richmond, VA, and its team that includes Clovia Lawrence, DJ Lonnie B, DJ Drake, “DJ Mike Street, and the BET Television Network “Yellow House Studios” Mr. Bey Say-CEO” and family. We are appreciate the support of Johnson Marketing Company, and our sponsors, family, and friends who have supported Timbrel Records faithfully,” he says.

Upshaw also credits God with being first in his life. Secondly, he acknowledges Berry Gordy, Founder/President/CEO of Motown Records, Inc., and The Minneapolis sound of Prince and Morris Day & The Time. Next, he shares how he offers his love and support to any artist, songwriter, or music industry executive who accepts their musical calling and works it to eventually producing breakthrough results.

In the future, Timbrel Records hopes to continue to share its unique brand of music artistry. They have developed many department divisions such as record production, music publishing, distribution, and even an investment group. They have also produced the Annual Timbrel Records, Inc./BMI Music Awards which gives honor to artists, songwriters, and music industry executives.

There is also the Timbrel Records University that teaches serious minded persons the music and business application in the music industry. “We have filmed a movie which was released this year titled, The Music Biziness, Major & Independent Perspective. It shares the truths that are behind the curtain experiences to those who are inspired to enter the music business,” he shares.

They have also developed “The Platinum Music Industry Package” for talented musical individuals who have a desire to enter advanced level of the music industry. This includes a royalty compensation. The package includes CD manufacturing and retail-radio distribution, copyright and music publishing, artist website design, concert tour booking, and state of the art studio recording.

To learn more about Timbrel Records, Inc./BMI, please contact William Arthur Upshaw III

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