Mathew Knowles, the founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment (MWE), has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Gospel Music Association (GMA). Knowles brings to the board his creative, business and management expertise, as well as a profound commitment to music.
GMA is considered the face and voice of the gospel and Christian music. The working board is comprised of 35 board members who are leaders in the industry. “I am so pleased that Mathew has been elected to the GMA Board of Directors,” Ed Leonard, President and Chairman of the Board of the Gospel Music Association. “He will add his vast mainstream and Gospel expertise to a board stocked with talented professionals. I know he will be integral in leading the GMA to greater heights as we work together to expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through music.”
Under Knowles’ visionary leadership, Music World Entertainment (MWE) has had an unprecedented global impact on music and entertainment for nearly two decades. In 2002, Knowles launched Spirit Rising Music, now named Music World Gospel (MWG), a division of MWE. The company began with the successful launch of Michelle Williams as a gospel artist. Several years later, Knowles continues his mission to produce high quality entertainment for the faith-based community.
“I look forward to working with the other board members in developing ideas and concepts to further expand both the platforms and audiences for Gospel and Christian artists,” said Knowles. “These are challenging times in the music industry , but it’s extremely important for us to work together to meet those challenges and to achieve long-term stability and profitability for our business, for our Christian and Gospel artists, and the faithful listeners they serve.”
In recent years, MWG has experienced a tremendous amount of growth and success. The label features a roster of award-winning recording artists, joint ventures and special projects including, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Juanita Bynum, Brian Courtney Wilson, Micah Stampley, Pastor Rudy Rasmus and The ESSENCE Gospel Project.
In the Billboard’s 2010 year-end issue, MWG ranked in the Top 5 and 10 on nine of the eleven gospel charts. Music World Gospel was #4 on the Hot Gospel Songs Imprints chart, #6 on the Hot Gospel Songs Label and #9 as the Top Gospel Album Label. In the past two years, MWG set and broke records and made Billboard chart history with the success of contemporary break-through artist and GMA Dove nominee Brian Courtney Wilson. After 87 weeks, Wilson’s CD remains on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart in the Top 20-longer than any other CD title on Billboard’s Top 50. In June 2009, JUST LOVE debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Gospel Album chart and #6 on Billboard’s Top Christian Album chart. The CD also remained at #1 on Christian Music Trade Association’s (CMTA) Inspirational Album chart for 52 weeks.