Lane served in leadership roles at a number of independent labels, including Roadrunner, Mechanic and Joan Jett's Blackheart Records.
Holly Lane, a multi-faceted music executive and entrepreneur who served in high-level positions at several different independent record labels, died suddenly in New York City on June 26, her sister Jeanine Owen has confirmed to Billboard. She was 59.
Over the course of a career that spanned more than three decades, Lane worked at companies including Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records/Carianne Music, where she served as senior vp and GM for nearly five years. Her other notable roles included founding partner, vp and GM of the MCA-distributed Mechanic Records -- which released albums by metal bands including Dream Theater, Trixter and Voivod -- as well as GM at Next Plateau Entertainment, label home to Salt-N-Pepa, 4PM and Kool DJ Red Alert, among others.
Born on Dec. 26, 1960, Lane launched her music business career at age 15, when she designed a T-shirt line that led to work designing concert tickets, posters, wall murals and merchandise for local artists and promoters in her hometown of Washington, D.C. and, later, Orlando, Florida.