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New Estefan imprint takes Miami to Moon

Emilio Estefan, award-winning record producer, manager and husband of Epic Records artist Gloria Estefan, has opened Crescent Moon Records, a new imprint backed by Sony Music Entertainment and designed to tap into the burgeoning Miami music scene.

Estefan, producer and founder of the popular Miami Sound Machine, is also the manager and producer of Grammy-winning recording artist Jon Secada, whose SBK Records debut has sold almost 3 million copies.

The label will be positioned as one of the few outlets for local Latin artists, taking a music industry leadership role in the presentation of music emanating from the region. Signings will cover pop, R&B, jazz and dance.

Dream come true

Estefan called formation of the label “a lifelong dream come true. Miami has become a major breaking ground for music, (and) it will offer many opportunities not only for Latin artists but for artists representing all styles of music.”

Crescent Moon’s initial release slate includes the self-titled Spanish-language debut of Cheito Quinones; albums from legendary Cuban musician Cachao, who is the subject of a recent documentary produced and directed by Andy Garcia; and the soundtrack for “The Specialist”– the Sly Stallone/ Sharon Stone film.

“Sony Music’s commitment to bring the broadest possible range of music into the world marketplace takes a giant step forward with the launch of Crescent Moon,” said Thomas D. Mottola, president and chief operating officer, Sony Music Entertainment. “Emilio’s musical judgment has found welcome audiences on every continent and we look forward to keeping that track record going strong.”

The label will use Crescent Moon studios, a full-scale recording facility operated by Estefan and the site of recent album recordings by Gloria Estefan, Secada and Miami Sound Machine.

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