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How fitting that the offices of veteran publicist Gwendolyn Quinn
are located on Broadway in midtown Manhattan, at the music industry hub.
Music has been an integral part of her
career as a publicist and public relations executive for over 15 years, and she
has been in entertainment for over two decades.
With tenures at Capitol Records, Arista, Island, Flavor Unit Entertainment, Mercury/PolyGram, and ASCAP
(American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), Quinn
has directed press campaigns on behalf of a who's who of popular music Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "P.
In 2002, Quinn founded GQ Media & Public Relations, Inc. a full-service publicity and marketing firm that specializes in developing stratagem and coordinating special events and brand development for clients who span the worlds of music, performing arts (theatre), corporate, not-for-profit, faith-based, and the visual/fine arts.
A team of experienced, highly skilled professionals, Quinn
principles have a combined 50+ years of experience in corporate and entertainment marketing.
The African-American Public Relations Collective
In addition to her
work with GQ Media & Public Relations
, Quinn and fellow media specialist Marlynn Snyder
looking to fill the gap
in the networking potential among African-American public relations
and media specialists discussed the idea of forming a listserv of African-Americans working in the communications field to fulfill that particular need.
In 2001, Quinn initiated, developed and founded the African-American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC).
As a brand extension of the AAPRC, Quinn also launched The AAPRC Monthly (now titled) Global Communicator in February 2004, an e-publication for African-American public relations, marketing, journalists and communications professionals).
In August 2007, Quinn also launched Mighty Quinn Management, a talent management firm representating book authors and recording artists.
Quinn also represents singer/songwriter Jessica Labus (www.myspace.com/jessicalabus) and gospel recording artist Shari Addison (www.myspace.com/shariaddison).
Prior to founding GQ Media & Public Relations and A Queen Production, Quinn had served as Vice President of Publicity at Capitol Records since June 2000.
Based in New York, she
was responsible for developing and implementing overall media strategies for the R&B and urban artists at Capitol and its family of labels.
The artists she
worked with included CeCe Winans, Rachelle Ferrell, Oscar De La Hoya and Dave Koz, as well as soundtrack projects like Girlfight (Screen Gems Pictures, 2000) and Boycott (HBO Films, 2001).
Quinn went to Capitol from Arista Records, where she had been Senior Director of Publicity since 1997.
Learning from music industry giant and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Clive Davis, Quinn
worked on campaigns for many of Arista's
superstar artists including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Monica, Deborah Cox, Prince, Kenny G, Carlos Santana and Lisa Stansfield.
also created and launched media campaigns for Bad Boy Entertainment/Arista joint venture artists including Puff Daddy (a.k.a. P. Diddy), Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, and Mase.
Prior to Arista, Quinn spent a year as Senior Director of Publicity at Island Records, working with Hiriam Hicks and another famed music man, Chris Blackwell, as well as the Isley Brothers both Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
In 1995, Quinn was named National Director of Publicity & Media Relations at Capitol Records this was her first stint at Capitol, where she would return five years later, after working at Island and Arista.
During this tenure with Capitol she
worked with BeBe & CeCe Winans
, The Whispers, Tracie Spencer and others.
had come to Capitol from the Jersey City-based Flavor Unit Entertainment conglomerate, headed by Sha-Kim Compere and Queen Latifah.
As National Director of Publicity
for Flavor Unit's Records and Management division for three years, she
formulated campaigns for a full roster of urban music artists and executives.
Among them were Naughty By Nature, Zhane and Queen Latifah.
would become the exclusive publicity coordinator for all of Latifah's music, television, film and corporate affairs.
Quinn's first position at a record company came in 1991 when she became Publicity Coordinator at Mercury/PolyGram in New York.
More About Gwendolyn Quinn
Quinn is a BMI writer and publisher.
She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the National Black Public Relations Society, the Greater New York Black Public Relations Society, the Museum of Television and Radio, the Museum of the Moving Image, the National Association of Black Journalists, a voting member of NARAS (the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and others.
Quinn is featured on the CD recording TOTAL PRAISE LIVE (2002), and is a former choir member with Total Praise of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Brooklyn, New York.
is the recipient of the National Black Public Relations Society Network Award (2007).
In 2006, she
was honored by then Council Member Yvette D. Clarke (Brooklyn, New York) and the entire Council of the City of New York for her
efforts on behalf of the African-American Public Relations Collective
In 2004, Quinn was also honored on Capitol Hill by Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and the men of SOULS OF MY BROTHERS (book) for their Celebration of Black Fatherhood event.
Taking full advantage of her
twenty years as a communications professional, and of a broad and wide-reaching network of contacts throughout the media including writers and editors, producers and talent bookers, broadcast personalities and senior management executives Gwendolyn Quinn
has forged her
own path and become a recognized leader in the publicity and public relations field.