Forward Entertainment President Kim Stephens and Recording Academy Trustee Scott Bomar were among the participants at the recent GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today's Music Pro hosted by The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter. During the event, Stephens and Bomar participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, sharing their most memorable GRAMMY moments and providing advice for independent artists, among other topics.
"I would say probably the best [GRAMMY] moment ever was when Rob Thomas won a GRAMMY with Carlos Santana for 'Smooth.' … It was just mind-blowing because I saw Rob write the song," said Stephens.
Stephens is an A&R veteran who began his career in the New Orleans-area radio market. He previously worked in promotions and A&R for Atlantic Records where he signed artists such as Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain and Seven Mary Three. Stephens is currently an executive consultant for Capitol Records and Virgin Records and head of his own imprint label, Forward Entertainment. He is also a partner with MiMTiD, a company dedicated to combatting Internet piracy and protecting its clients' content on the Web.
"For independent labels that are just starting out it's important to get some good distribution via digital or physical," said Bomar. "Distribution is key … [and] networking with people as much as you can is [also] very important."
Memphis native Bomar has produced music for films such as Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and Soul Men. He composed and arranged music for I Am A Man: From Memphis, A Lesson In Life, a film that won four MidSouth Emmy Awards in 2010. A current Recording Academy Memphis Chapter Trustee, Bomar is also the leader of the Memphis soul collective the Bo-Keys. In 2012 Bomar won a Living Blues Award for Producer of the Year — New Recording for his work on the group's 2011 album Got To Get Back!