Cara Lewis
Cara Lewis

Agent, Creative Artists Agency

A Bold Move
Cara Lewis, who joined Creative Artists Agency as a music agent in January after a 23-year career at William Morris Endeavor, is widely regarded as the top agent in urban music. Her roster boasts such artists as Eminem, Kanye West, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, T.I., Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, Rita Ora, the Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Chance the Rapper, Cyhi the Prynce and Hoodie Allen, among many others. It's a roster that's growing, with recent signings including Theophilus London, Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze, Ca$h Out, Chip Tha Ripper and Travis Scott.

My Mentor: "My mentor throughout my life and continuing through this day is my mother [Hermine Lewis]. My mother's guidance and silent strength has given me the inspiration and confidence to follow my instincts, deal with integrity, and always strive to perceive life and business in a realistic light."

Highlights for Lewis' clients during the past year? There have been plenty. Eminem returned to perform in Japan for the first time in eight years and played his first show in Korea. Pitbull headlined his first shed tour with DJ Havana Brown, after earlier headlining a 13-city sold-out tour in Canada, supported by Flo Rida. He also played his first two sold-out shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Q-Tip established a new DJ residency dubbed "offline" at Irving Plaza in New York. Chiddy Bang headlined clubs and supported Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. Badu toured theaters and festivals throughout Europe this summer. And Jacob Latimore was the support act for Mindless Behavior on its sold-out 2012 summer theater tour. CAA, needless to say, is glad Lewis made her move.