Gwendolyn Quinn Gwendolyn Quinn
> The portion of Broadway that stretches through midtown Manhattan, very near the bright lights of the theatre district and the bustle of Times Square, houses the hub of the music industry.Along those blocks you'll find writers and composers, studios and producers and other vital industry components.You'll also find the offices of veteran publicist Gwendolyn Quinn
.Fitting, since music has been an integral part of her
career as a publicist and public relations executive for thirteen years, and she
has been in entertainment for more than 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, Prince, Puff Daddy (a.k.a. Sean "P.
...In 2001, Quinn founded GQ Media & Public Relations, a full-service publicity firm that specializes in developing stratagem and coordinating special events and campaigns for clients who span the worlds of music, performing arts (theatre), sports, corporate, not-for-profit, faith-based, and the visual/fine arts.
A team of experienced, highly skilled professionals, Quinn
principals have a combined 40+ years of experience in corporate and entertainment marketing.
...Prior to founding GQ Media & Public Relations, 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 other new artists and soundtrack projects. Quinn went to Capitol from Arista Records, where she had been Senior Director of Publicity since 1997.
Learning from music industry giant and Rock & 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 and Prince.
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. and Faith Evans.
...Prior to Arista, Quinn spent a year as Senior Director of Publicity at Island Records, working with Hiram Hicks and another famed music man, Chris Blackwell, as well as the Isley Brothers -- both Rock & 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. She
had come to Capitol from the Jersey City-based Flavor Unit Entertainment conglomerate.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.Quinn
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.
...Quinn began her career in music in 1982, on the Television and Radio staff at ASCAP.
Quinn's various interests and skills have brought unexpected rewards.Prior to her
career in entertainment, she
landed a coveted position at the famed Vidal Sassoon Salon in New York where she
worked as a colorist.Quinn has also worked as a licensed real estate agent in New York State. Her
interest in television production and development -- first nurtured during her
stint at Capital Cities/ABC -- led to the founding of A Queen Production, Inc.
in 2001.This production unit of Quinn's media interests, named after her
mother Queen Esther Quinn, is headquartered at 1650 Broadway along with GQ Media & Public Relations
.The company is currently developing several entertainment variety shows and specialty programming.
Quinn's creativity and drive continue to move her
in exciting directions.The busy executive's prowess in the kitchen has led to the development of a new venture developing both a gourmet baked goods brand and luxury, handmade candles and toiletries.
In spite of her
busy life, Quinn
manages to find time to devote herself fully to community and church.At Brooklyn's Emmanuel Baptist Church, she serves as a board member of the Emmanuel Community Economic Development Corporation, and a mentor with the Amachi Program -- which provides mentors for the children of incarcerated parents.
Quinn sings soprano in Emmanuel's noted 160-plus member choir, Total Praise, and is part of the recording of the choir's first CD -- Total Praise Live -- released nationally in 2003.Most recently Quinn founded an Entertainment Ministry at the church that will provide a wide variety of consulting and development services for Emmanuel's many creative endeavors. In 2001, Quinn founded the African-American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC), a national network of nearly 500 communications professionals.In addition, she launched The AAPRC Monthly, a monthly on-line publication on February 27, 2004 that is distributed and cirulated among members, journalists, media and communication executives throughout the United States and abroad.
AAPRC members represent a broad spectrum of arenas -- entertainment, sports, finance, corporate, not-for-profit, faith-based, visual/fine arts, publishing.The AAPRC Monthly
provides a tremendous opportunity for members to network and to see the powerful potential they have as a group.For journalists, it's an opportunity to stay plugged in to what's happening in a variety of industries." Quinn is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Greater New York Black Public Relations Society, the Museum of Television and Radio, the National Association of Black Journalists, and a voting member of NARAS (the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences).
A Georgia peach, Gwendolyn
was born in Augusta, Georgia, the youngest of three siblings, to Queen and Lonnie Quinn.
was raised in Newark, Maryland's Prince George's County and Washington, D.C.