President, Co-Founder, Director of A&R
An alumni of the University of Michigan, Charles received his education in composition and arranging and chose to continue his musical knowledge by studying studio engineering at the Recording Institute of Detroit. For years he served as staff producer and account executive for Paragon Records, and staff producer of commercial jingles for Oracle Audio before co-creating his own recording studio in the heart of downtown Detroit, Loft Recording Studios. Today, he splits his time and talents between owning and producing for his own recording label, UJC Records and making CGS one of the most prestigious booking agencies in the state. His insight and practical knowledge of studio and stage performance, talent evaluation, studio production, live sound, contract negotiations and more makes him the number one go to guy for your music booking needs.
Vice-President, Co-Founder, Chief Financial Officer
Educated at Wayne State University and Marygrove College, Gwen is our go to expert for all of our administrative needs. She represents our vocal talent and songwriting arm of Big Axle Music, as well as serving as our financial guru. Gwen is currently signed to Expansion records of London, England. Her songs and music are licensed in the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia- listen to some of her music at http://www.lastfm.com. In addition to her extensive work with CGS, Gwen also serves as Secretary and Commissioner for the Detroit Entertainment Commission, is a certified personal trainer, and is the founder and owner of One Step Ahead, a non-profit organization geared towards helping students find resources to fund their college educations.
Chief Operating Officer, Director of Marketing
Briana Scales holds a BA in Music and a BA in Psychology from Kalamazoo College and a MS in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. She also holds a graduate certificate in Business Management from the Rollins Crummer School of Business. Musically, Briana is a classically trained vocalist and instrumentalist, playing the cello and piano. She delved into the music business at a young age, creating her first string quartet in the 6th grade that played around the Detroit area for many weddings and government functions. Alongside her position at CGS, Briana is currently an Event Planner with Westage Resorts. Some of her skills include grant writing, fundraising, special events, and client relations.
Director of Talent Acquisition, Social Media Manager
Lauren Scales holds a degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in Songwriting Composition from New York University. While in college she demonstrated her business and musical acumen, serving as Fundraising Chair for her collegiate section of the National Council of Negro-Women, spear-heading an all-women a Capella group, leading her own praise team, and serving as Assistant Music Director for the internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. Alongside her position at CGS, she is a freelance musician and educator in the New York City and Metro-Detroit Areas. Some of her skills include website design, social media marketing, and music production.
In-House Sound Engineer
Meet one our sound reinforcement expert, our “go to” guy Dwayne Jones. Dwayne has mixed sound for everyone in the business. A snapshot of who he’s worked with- Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne, The Temptations, 50 Cent, The Four Tops, Nicki Minaj, Kemistry Records (Kem Kemistry)- and so many more! See what we mean? Yep, he’s an expert.
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