Antonio "LA" Reid

A consummate music industry executive, Antonio "L. A." Reid mentored rising stars and turned them into among the biggest-selling artists of all time. As the co-founder of LaFace Records, Reid brought urban music into ... Read more »
Born: 06/06/1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

X Factor 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Soul of American Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

("End Of The Road") (Song)

Step Up All In 2014 (Movie)

("Every Little Step") (Song)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

"Humpin' Around" (Song)

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

song producer("Well Alright") (Song)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

songs("Tonight is Right" "End of the Road" "Reversal of a Dog" "There U Go" "Give U My Heart") (Song)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

("On Our Own") (Song)
Producer (7)

Bad 25 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Brothers to Brutha 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Brothers to Brutha 2008 (Tv Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful (TV Show)

Executive Producer

School Gyrls (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A consummate music industry executive, Antonio "L. A." Reid mentored rising stars and turned them into among the biggest-selling artists of all time. As the co-founder of LaFace Records, Reid brought urban music into the mainstream by signing an impressive roster of R&B artists such as Toni Braxton, Usher, and TLC. Reid worked his magic once again as the head of Arista Records by introducing the world to the hit-making talents of Avril Lavigne, Pink, and Ciara. After Reid took full reign over the Island Def Jam Music Group in 2004, the music mogul oversaw the triumphant return of Mariah Carey with the multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning album "The Emancipation of Mimi" (2005), the meteoric rise of controversial rapper Kanye West, and the discovery of teen pop heartthrob Justin Bieber. In 2011, Reid left his plum position at Island Def Jam after he was handpicked by Simon Cowell to judge aspiring singers on the reality competition series "The X Factor" (Fox, 2011- ). With his innate knack for finding superstars, Reid remained an influential figure in music as well as an instrumental force in the entertainment industry.

Relationships

Pebbles Actor

Wife
Married 1989 Divorced 1996

Erica Holton

Wife
Married in Capri, Italy July 2000

Emma Reid

Mother

Antonio Reid

Son
Mother, Pebbles

Aaron Reid

Son
Mother, Pebbles

Ariana Reid

Daughter
Born in April 2001; mother, Erica Holton

Addison Reid

Son
Born in August 2003; mother, Erica Holton

EDUCATION

Hughes Center High School

Cincinnati , Ohio
Played in the marching band

Harvard University

Boston , Massachusetts 1999
Took intensive MBA training courses at Harvard Business School's prestigious Advance Management Program

Milestones

2011

Joined Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as a judge on the U.S. version of "The X Factor" (Fox)

2011

Became the head of the newly formed Epic Label Group

2004

Served as the Chairman and CEO of The Island Def Jam Music Group

2000

Sold his remaining stake in LaFace Records to parent company BMG

2000

Succeeded his mentor, Clive Davis, as President and CEO of Arista Records

1996

Formed the Hitco Publishing Group as a joint venture with Windswept Music

1989

Founded LaFace Records with Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds through a joint venture with Arista Records

Began his musical career as a member of a Cincinnati funk rock group called Pure Essence

Later joined the R&B band The Deele with Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds; produced their 1988 hit "Two Occasions"

Bonus Trivia

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In 2008, Reid launched a cosmetics line named LE MÉTIER DE BEAUTÉ.

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