LTDTF ADVISORY BOARD
If ever someone had the Midas touch in business and music, it would have to be internationally recognized entertainment executive Qadree El-Amin. Best known for his skillful and successful navigation of the career of GRAMMY Award-winning artists Boyz II Men, El-Amin seems to not only turn everything within his grasp into pure gold, but over the years, he has had a knack for attracting successful artists who want to take their careers to even greater heights.
Born and raised in Little Brick Newark, New Jersey, El-Amin has a reputation as a savvy artist manager and a crafty negotiator. Thanks to his ingenuity and assertiveness, Boyz II Men holds the distinction of being one of only a handful of artists who climbed to the #1 position on the Billboard charts a remarkable 50 times. Their hit single, “One Sweet Day,” with Mariah Carey, spent a record-breaking 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. El-Amin’s hard work was memorialized when the group received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
While he is largely recognized for his success with Boyz II Men, the El-Amin stamp extends far beyond the popular 90’s boy band. Through his Southpaw Entertainment Company, he has also served as manager to global superstars Michael Jackson, Vanessa Williams, Janet Jackson, Teddy Riley & Blackstreet, Deborah Cox and Lou Bega, among many others.
Over the years, El-Amin has worked closely and formed valuable alliances with a veritable who’s who of music’s elite, including noted record label presidents Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Jimmy Iovine and Tommy Mottola.
Never one to shy away from diversification, El-Amin has also dabbled in the film world, having played a major role in groundbreaking movie soundtracks for big screen favorites such as “Jason’s Lyric,” “Boomerang,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Khazam, “Soul Food,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back, “ Prince of Egypt,” and “Hurricane.” He has also produced several notable television specials, among them “Homecoming,” a Disney production featuring Boyz II Men and “A Christmas Special,” with Vanessa Williams, Babyface, Shania Twain, Phil Collins and Rosie O’Donnell.
Clearly, El-Amin has passion for his work but there’s more to him than what the entertainment world sees. As the father of four -- three sons and one daughter -- El-Amin stays busy guiding the growth and development of his own family.
Despite all of his endeavors, this generous, socially-conscious role model prides himself on his philanthropy and makes every effort to feed his desire to give back to the community. He has traveled worldwide on charitable and humanitarian missions, something which is very close to El-Amin’s heart. An active philanthropist, he has benefited organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and back in his home town, the Newark Boy’s Club.
After more than four decades in the music industry, Qadree El-Amin
says, “God has told me that the things I’ve done in the past will pale in comparison to the things that I will do in the future.”
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IRKO MAURIZIO SERA
Irko Mauricio Sera is a Multi Platinum Award Winning Audio Engineer. In the last 15 years he has Mixed and Recorded over 1000 songs that have been published Worldwide. He has mixed projects for Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West, Pitbull, Rick Ross, Diddy, David Guetta, Akon, Snoop, Taylor Dayne, D-Train, Fabolous, Talib Kweli and so many more.
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