The Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission (MSCMC), last night (Dec. 11) held a meet and greet for their newest executive director, Johnnie Walker.
Johnnie Walker, the first female Senior Vice President of Promotions at Def Jam Music Group, Inc. and the President and CEO of the non-profit organization NABFEME (The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment), came on to the MSCMC organization at a time when many thought the MSCMC was 'falling into darkness,' but with her introduction and staff announcement, a new light is on the MSCMC.
Those who attended the privately held meet-n-greet were: MSCMC board member Antonio '2 Shay' Parkinson, former CEO of Memphis Sounds Records, owner of Shay Dawg Ent. and current founder of ABetterMemphis.com; board member Kurt "KC" Clayton, Grammy nominated music producer (Three 6 Mafia); Judy Peiser from the Southern Folklore; James Alexander of the popular soul, R&B, and funk group The Bar-Kays; DeAnna Brown of MemphisRap.com; board member Cameron Mann (Lord T) of Lord T. and Eloise and other board members of the MSCMC all showed up to meet and greet the new executive director of the MSCMC, Johnnie Walker, and welcome her to the Memphis Music community.
At the meet and greet, Walker stated that she had been with Def Jam for 15 years and DreamWorks for 2 years. She said after receiving the position in Memphis she "left New York and never looked back."
Walker went on to say she was happy to be back in Memphis and plans to "PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE Memphis Music, locally, nationally and worldwide."
"We need to respect the Name and Embrace the Legacy [of Memphis Music]," stated Walker.
In related news, Memphisrap.com has learned that the MSCMC, this coming Monday (Dec. 15) will be holding the first of their weekly Memphis Music Monday Mixers at Ground Zero, which is Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman’s new club, located next to the Westin hotel in downtown Memphis, TN. The event starts at 5:30 pm until.