Served as president of Motown, Sr. VP of RCA
Music exec Skip Miller, who served as president of Motown and Sr. VP of RCA Records, died of a heart attack Sept. 4 in Los Angeles. He was 62.
Miller began his career at Motown in 1971 after serving in Vietnam and playing for the Oakland Raiders. He spent 17 years at the label, working with artists including Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross. He was the last Motown President to work under Berry Gordy, who sold his company to MCA in 1988. At Motown, Miller was awarded the Recording Industry Association of America’s Music Executive of the Year kudo in 1980.
After the sale of Motown, Miller moved to RCA Records as of sr. VP of black, jazz and progressive music. At RCA, he discovered and brought artists such as SWV, Me Phi Me and Stacy Earl to the charts. Miller helped develop to the burgeoning rap genre, working with Jive artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), Kool Moe Dee, Too Short and KRS-1.
He also signed Steve Rifkind’s LOUD Records to the RCA Record Label, working with dary Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep.
He segued to managing Lionel Richie in 1998 as president of Lion Tracks, planning world tours, worldwide album releases and merchandising. Six years later, the exec launched opened Panda Entertainment Group, a talent management company where he worked with songwriters including Richie, R. Kelly, Nathan Stone and Megan Peeler.
Born in New York, he graduated Hofstra U.
He is survived by his wife KC (Karen) Miller, two sons and his mother.