Wendell Ralph, CEO
Wendell Ralph has over 35 years of experience in the Music Industry. Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, Wendell’s earliest music influences can be found in the shadows of the Motown era. As a young man, he had the opportunity to observe first hand development of many of Motown Records artists’ careers and most importantly, to see the decisions in building Motown made by Berry Gordy, its founder. The influence of Berry Gordy in his life enabled Wendell to harness the concepts and experience of what it takes to succeed; preparing him to be the CEO he is today.
As part of the studio management team of Sound Suite Recording Studios, he worked alongside Don Was of Was Not Was, producer for megastars Elton John, the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt. Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Anita Baker all recorded there. In fact, Wendell arranged the meeting between Anita Baker and Michael Powell whose legendary collaboration resulted in “Rapture.”
His international experience began when promoting music tours for the Department of Defense, booking up-and-coming R&B acts on United States Bases from the Azores to the Arctic. United States bases in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Czechoslovakia enjoyed many American R&B acts that went on to reach notoriety in the Music Industry. Wendell also provided talent for USO/DOD shows on Israel’s West Bank and Egypt.
He founded and successfully managed the record company RKB Records, one of the first that licensed masters from many of the independent R&B producers and writers. Wendell made MIDEM his international Marketplace for licensing music. He is primarily responsible for introducing a large percentage of African-American music industry professionals to the worldwide market place through MIDEM where he licensed hundreds of known and unknown artist’s titles through-out the World, where he joined as a founding member of A2im.
Wendell Ralph’s experience, skills and understanding of the intricacies of the music business uniquely positions him as the current CEO of Psalms Group located in Decatur, Georgia since 2007, producing the 2011 Stellar Award Kristina Halloway for Best New Artist and is working to take its artists into a new era of Christian music entertainment worldwide.