Primary Wave Music Publishing and the Estate of Donny Hathaway have entered into a partnership in which the company will acquire a majority stake ownership interest in the soul icon’s music publishing catalog and artist master royalty stream.
Under additional terms of the partnership, Primary Wave will market Hathaway’s music and also pitch licensing opportunities for his name, likeness and brand.
Honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy in 2019, Hathaway is best known for enduring hits and fan favorites such as “The Ghetto,” “Someday We’ll All Be Free,” “Love, Love, Love” and a string of popular duets with Roberta Flack. The latter includes chart-topping singles “The Closer I Get to You” and “Where Is the Love,” which won a Grammy Award in 1973 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Hathaway also co-wrote and recorded the holiday classic “This Christmas.”
“We are very excited about partnering with Primary Wave,” says the late artist’s widow Eulaulah Hathaway in a release announcing the agreement. “Their track record of success with other legendary artists makes them the ideal partner for this endeavor. We look forward to working together to bring the music of our beloved Donny Hathaway to listeners for generations to come.”
Lawrence Mestel, founder/CEO of Primary Wave Music Publishing adds, “I want to welcome the Hathaway family into the Primary Wave family. Donny Hathaway was one of the greatest singers of our time with a voice as smooth as anyone’s. It’s an honor to represent his music.”