10-year vet raised to urban promotion exec

Cynthia (“C.J.”) Harris has been elevated to senior veep of urban promotion for Columbia Records.

A 10-year veteran of the label, Harris was most recently senior national director of R&B promotion for the diskery. She will report to Columbia Records Group exec veep of promotion Charlie Walk.

“In my years working with C.J., she has proven herself to be the most respected promotion executive in urban music,” Walk said. “Her love of music, creativity and passion consistently grants our artists maximum exposure. As we continue to reinvent the art of promotion together, I am proud to have C.J. lead the dynamic Columbia urban promotion team into the 21st century,” he added.

“It’s very gratifying to be working with the most dynamic promotion team in the business,” Harris said. “Columbia’s roster of urban artists is the envy of the industry, and it’s an honor to have a role in presenting them to the world. I look forward to working closely with Charlie Walk, a brilliant and creative manager of people and ideas, and with the urban staff who work so tirelessly to break our records at radio throughout the country. I owe my success to them.”

Harris began her record biz career as a local promotion manager for MCA Records in 1986, segueing into regional promotion gigs with the Arista and Motown labels prior to joining Columbia in 1990.

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