The Butterfly Group has acquired Miami-based Latin Christian label One Voice. Jose Garcés Jr. will relocate to Butterfly's Franklin, Tenn. offices and handle A&R for One Voice. The label will

The Butterfly Group has acquired Miami-based Latin Christian label One Voice. Jose Garcés Jr. will relocate to Butterfly's Franklin, Tenn. offices and handle A&R for One Voice. The label will also continue to maintain a Miami presence.

In other Butterfly Group news, the company's deal with Fusion Entertainment fell through. Fusion had planned on purchasing Butterfly and the deal was expected to close in December 2003. However, both parties opted not to pursue the merger.

In the wake of these changes, and the departure of partner George King, Butterfly has undergone some restructuring. Founding partner Michael J. Rinaldi serves as CEO/president. Fellow managing partner/COO Brad Mathias will handle daily operations, finance and administration.

Additionally, Butterfly has hired Brian Hardin to head creative services. He will also contribute to A&R of artist- and niche-driven products. Linda Kowatch remains with Butterfly as head of the marketing department; she also supervises A&R for key releases and children's product. Veronne Carter heads up A&R for gospel and hip-hop, as well as overseeing production for Butterfly labels.

The Butterfly Group launched in the spring of 2002 as a parternship between Bob Carlisle, King and Rinaldi. It includes several labels -- Christian Records, Gospel 1, Flying Leap and Butterfly Kids -- as well as Butterfly Distribution. Carlisle exited the company last year to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests. King departed last month to devote more time to his other company, Dove Canyon Films, but will continue to consult for the Butterfly Group.

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