Achieving success is not a walk in the park. Talent is not enough to cut it, for one needs to back it up with hard work, consistency, and a vision of what the goal exactly is.
Successful entrepreneur, music executive, and philanthropist Daniel Stephenson banked on all of these ingredients to success and made it to the top of several industries. For the past fifteen years, Stephenson was able to solidify his name as a leader in the business and amass countless achievements as founder and president of Straight Forward Music Group.
His highly successful company that specializes in the areas of artist development, talent management, music distribution, publishing, technology, innovation, recording studios, and charity initiatives has been awarded several times for its contribution to the industry.
Straight Forward is comprised of several subsidiaries, one of which is Straight Forward Publishing that focuses on offering a platform to develop creatives and providing a global publishing collection service. It also includes the two-time Grammy-nominated and Brit Award-winning talent management firm, Straight Forward Music. Its fast-rising independent label, Straight Forward Recordings, is previously an imprint of Virgin EMI and offers A&R consultancy, music distribution, and marketing.
In addition, a foundation has also been set up to help support charity initiatives and raise much-needed money for an array of charities like the Princes Trust, Young Lives Matter, and Youth Music. The foundation known as Straight Forward Giving Foundation has recently started raising funds for NHS Charities Together to help gather money for COVID-19, giving aid to those individuals and families who have been impacted by the pandemic.
Stephenson’s history in the industry started with his career in music as a producer-songwriter under the alias Pyramids in Paris. He’s been credited for his involvement in crafting the Billboard Top #20 hit single “The Mack,” which features Mark Morrison and Fetty Wap. The song topped the global charts, amassing over three hundred million streams globally and selling over two million singles worldwide.
From being a mainstay presence in the creative field, Daniel then evolved to become a business executive. Concentrating on talent management and A&R, he worked on hit albums like Big Sean’s Finally Famous and MANN’s MANN’s World. He also left his mark on the work Drake’s More Life and Scorpion, P Diddy’s Dirty Money’s Last Train to Paris, J Hus’ Big Conspiracy, and Dave’s Psychodrama.
In 2015, Stephenson signed the Grammy nominee and Brit Award-winning producer and artist Nana Rogues under Straight Forward Music, a move that put the company to even greater heights. Nana produced two songs on Drake’s acclaimed album More Life, one of which is the worldwide hit single Passionfruit that grew to become an influential record in 2017.
The commercial domination that Stephenson and his company have had can be attributed to their commitment to push boundaries and innovate. The successful entrepreneur is cognizant of how dynamic the industry is. He believes in being steps ahead, ready to respond to any advancements in technology. For him, the Straight not be just a part of popular culture. It must transcend beyond being a contributor and shall leave a mark as a creator.
Daniel Stephenson is dedicated to creating moments in time that people will remember. Learn more about how he is making that possible through Straight Forward Music Group on its website.