As part of Lataillade Entertainment's multi-million dollar stock purchase equal to a 50% stake in Central South Distribution, the gospel/Christian music distributor will diversify its music offering to other genres, beginning with R&B.

With the closing of the deal in mid-July, Lataillade Entertainment executives - Vicki Mack-Lataillade and her husband, Claude Lataillade, and Grammy nominated songwriter/producer Rene Moore - have joined the board of directors of the Nashville-based, indie distributor.

Central South CEO and co-founder Randy Davidson says the deal will help Central South grow its business in the gospel/Christian music niche too, which he describes as "one of the smallest pies in the music, but we feel we got a big part of it." Nevertheless, he said he was looking to his new partners to help drive business by bringing new music and labels to the company as well as helping to market the music it distributes.

While specific terms of the deal were not disclosed, the announcement said that Vijay Chandran, president of the Cauvery Group, Inc., arranged the financing for the acquisition of Central South, which claims to be the No. 2 ranked distributor of faith-based music behind Sony/BMG/Provident/Integrity. Billboard.biz estimates its annual revenue at $16 million.

Lataillade properties include record label Mack Entertainment, Lilly Mack Publishing, and a couple of the television series/properties, "The Lilly Mack Sing-A-Long," and "Soulaughable," a comedy/variety show on the Word Network.

Meanwhile Moore is half of the duo Rene & Angela, which had a series of hits in the late 1980's including "You Don't Have To Cry," "Your Smile," and "Save Your Love." Bond continues to work as a songwriter and producer for top R&B artists and in 1997 he launched Ruff Town Entertainment Group. Prior to forming Lataillade Enterainment, Cicki Mack-Lataillade and Claude Lataillade sold the Gospo Centric label to BMG/Sony/Zomba in 2005.

"We share a common vision with Central South of maintaining our independent spirit, staying streamlined, and seeking viable partnerships with other companies that will help us grow a multi-media distribution platform for a wide range of faith based and secular products," Claude Lataillade said in a statement. "We also intend to take an aggressive posture in expanding and our digital strategy, and further developing our roles as creators/providers and distributors of digital content."

According to a spokeman Ramon Hervey II for Lataillades and Moore, Mack-Lataillade will oversee marketing of a series of major Central South artist releases slated for this fall, including: Vickie Winans' "How I Got Over," which hit stores August 25; "the Master's Plan from Tamela Mann (co-star of Tyler Perry's TBS series, "Meet The Browns"), which is scheduled for a November release; a special series of "SERMON CD's featuring T.D. Jakes, Jamal Bryant, and Donnie McClurkin.