Quality Control Music (QC) has invested in their A&R department, naming Brandra Ringo and Wayno Clark to evp of A&R and vp of A&R, respectively. Bring years of industry experience to the renowned label, the two have already made their mark by signing fast rising Detroit rapper Baby Money to the QC roster.
“Brandra is someone I’ve trusted for a while and am so excited to be able to bring into the QC family because she’s got one of the best ears in the game,” said Pierre “P” Thomas, CEO of QC. “She’s so intelligent, focused and dedicated with a level of determination that gets her out of the office and really living in the field to make these records happen in a way they is far beyond what I’ve seen from most A&Rs. She can spot talent before most and her being with us is a huge asset.”
“Wayno has an incredible sense of taste with his keen eyes on the ground and being so tapped in with the culture where he always knows what’s hot and what’s moving,” added QC’s COO Kevin “Coach K” Lee. “His incredible communication and connecting with artists brings the real magic out in the music. We are so fortunate to have him bringing his amazing skill set to our team.”
Bringing an intimate knowledge and passion for music to the QC ranks, Ringo previously had stints at Def Jam and Motown Records before entering the publishing space at Warner Chappell and UMPG — where she worked under current Motown CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam and signed Lil Yachty to a global deal. During her time in publishing, Ringo placed artists including Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Maroon 5, Chris Brown and others. She also signed DJ Durel, Pi’erre Bourne, BEAM, DY Krazy and many more.
Clark brings an array of experience across multiple lanes within the music and entertainment industries. From working in the mailrooms of labels Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella, he quickly landed an internship at the latter and worked as an assistant A&R during the height of Jay-Z‘s career. Clark eventually founded his own management company, Triangle Offense, where he signed Dave East. He then moved on to host Complex’s Everyday Struggle before joining Asylum Records and meeting P. In his new role at QC, Clark will also continue working with Habtemariam as senior director of A&R at Motown.
“What drew me to QC was the feeling of open possibility for where the company can go from here, and getting the rare opportunity to help shape that future,” Clark told Billboard. “This is the first company I’ve worked for that fully supports both their artists’ and staff’s dreams – it’s never pushed to the side, it’s always ‘Let’s figure it out.’ I aim to help QC define a new era of sound with some of the acts myself and Brandra sign. I’m also looking forward to working alongside our established acts to keep the QC torch lit.”
“Coach and P have always been huge supporters of me as an A&R, but most importantly as a woman in a very creative space that is male dominated. Not to mention, they have been at the forefront of the culture for over 20 years now and the information to learn from them is limitless,” Ringo added. “This is the first time I can boldly and proudly say not only do I work for Black people but I work for a Black owned label. My goal is to recreate what artist development looks like to continuously create artists that don’t have a career cap. Wayno and I are also keen on building a team of A&Rs that understand not only the current landscape of music, but also it’s history.”