Founded in 2014 in Chicago, Vitae Records is an independent record label with a specialty in R&B. Here at Vitae, we put great focus on our artist/brand development, which is one of the most crucial building blocks in an artist’s career. We also assist artists in production and distribution of their music. Our team is comprised of industry professionals that aim to guide independent artists on their journeys and offer support through all levels of their careers. We take pride in working hands on with our talent in order to bring out the best in each individual artist. Our top priority is to develop talent that will become the superstars of tomorrow that will change the landscape of the music industry.
Vitae Records is a proud member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).
International singer, songwriter, and Recording Academy/GRAMMYs Voting member ‘Matt B’ was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He signed to StarBase Records Japan as of July 2014. Matt released his Japanese debut album “LOVE & WAR” in September 2014, and it went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. His hit single “Plain Girl” also we
International singer, songwriter, and Recording Academy/GRAMMYs Voting member ‘Matt B’ was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He signed to StarBase Records Japan as of July 2014. Matt released his Japanese debut album “LOVE & WAR” in September 2014, and it went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. His hit single “Plain Girl” also went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. “LOVE & WAR” became available for physical distribution at over 1,400 TSUTAYA music stores, and sold out in several locations. His sophomore album “DIVE” released in January 2016 and achieved similar success, hitting #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts in less than 24 hours. “DIVE” was also made available in TSUTAYA stores. His two singles ‘Tokyo Girl’ and ‘My Dreams’ charted at #3 and #8 respectively on the iTunes R&B Charts. After reaching critical acclaim in Japan, Matt’s imprint continued to spread overseas. His single ‘Color Blind’ went viral in China, accruing over 158 million streams on the NetEase platform.
Matt signed a digital distribution deal with Priority Records on March 2017. Under the Priority imprint, he released his 4-track EP ‘RISE’ in April 2018—which was produced exclusively by Bryan-Michael Cox—and it collectively received over a half million streams on Spotify. His single ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ charted at #4 and #67 in Taiwan and Japan respectively on Apple Music, and also charted at #35 in Latvia on Spotify. In the winter of 2018, Matt B decided to expand his passion for philanthropy and started his now annual ‘Holiday Cheer Tour’. The first tour was a massive success with Matt visiting over 16 cities across the country performing to sick children in hospitals, donating toys and clothes, and performing at several Christmas festivals. In 2019, Matt B partnered with Sofar Sounds for a 16-date nationwide tour that spanned across eleven cities in the US. Following the tour, Matt had his nationwide television debut as he performed at the 2019 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, which is the third largest parade in the country. In an effort to keep the momentum, he then released his EP ‘No Days Off’ in December of the same year. ‘No Days Off‘ was well received internationally and went on to chart at #71 on the iTunes R&B chart in Taiwan. “This project truly reflected how I feel as an artist, I never take any days off,” Matt said, “I’m always on the grind and trying to reach the next goal. This EP also gives straight vibes from my city, which is something I’m very proud of.” ‘No Days Off’ also features Peabody-award winning poet and current president of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy—J. Ivy.
Matt B released his debut US album, ‘EDEN’, on March 12, 2021. It immediately debuted at #3 in the US and #5 in Canada on the iTunes R&B/Soul Albums Chart. The album features production from GRAMMY-winning legends Bryan-Michael Cox and Tricky Stewart. The first single from the album, ‘Go Hard’, was released May 2020. The single charted #83 on Deezer and #129 on Apple Music in Egypt and Bulgaria respectively. His second single, ‘Deep’, released July 2020 and amassed nearly 150K streams in less than a month. “For this particular project, we were focused on telling my story in a way that not only resonates with the listener, but also gives R&B a new, fresh sound while staying true to myself,” Matt said on his new album, “The album will take the listener on a journey into who I am as a person, what I’ve been through in my life, and more.” As the world awaits for the 2021-slated release of the album, Matt B continues to pave his own path in the mainstream industry. On his future goals, Matt said, “I’m not focused on numbers, fitting the mold, or sounding like everybody else. I just want the world to feel my energy. And if that energy impacts at least one person in a positive way, I’m successful. No number can give me that.”
Angela Benson is a business entrepreneur, music manager, CEO of Vitae Records, and a Professional member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs. She is most recognized for her work with internationally acclaimed R&B recording artist, Matt B. Born and raised in Chicago, Angela co-founded independent record label, Vitae Records, wit
Angela Benson is a business entrepreneur, music manager, CEO of Vitae Records, and a Professional member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs. She is most recognized for her work with internationally acclaimed R&B recording artist, Matt B. Born and raised in Chicago, Angela co-founded independent record label, Vitae Records, with her business partner and R&B recording artist Matt B, who also became the first artist signed under the imprint. Her ultimate goal with the label was to work with promising, rising talent in the underground music scene and highlight the importance of artist development when bringing new talent into competitive music markets.
In 2014, Vitae Records facilitated its first international deal with Tokyo based label, Starbase Records. Angela was one of the executive producers and A&Rs of his debut and sophomore Japan albums ‘LOVE & WAR’ (2014) and ‘DIVE’ (2016). Both albums went #1 on the iTunes Japan charts for R&B and were highly praised by critics overseas. Angela was instrumental in successfully branching Matt B and Vitae Records back to the states and partnered with Priority Records for a digital distribution deal in 2017. In 2018, Angela and Matt B began executively producing his US debut album, which features records by industry heavy hitters Bryan-Michael Cox, Tricky Stewart, Adrian ‘AP’ Porter, and more. She also founded the annual Holiday Cheer Tour, which is one of Vitae Records’ philanthropic initiatives.
Angela now serves as a committee member for Chicago DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events), where she will be helping to plan and execute music events for 2020 in the city of Chicago. Additionally, Angela has also opened Vitae Records for internship opportunities with Chicago universities. Students interested in the music business are able to intern with the label, receive a hands-on learning experience in the world of artist management and running a record label, and earn college credit while doing so. Columbia College Chicago is the first university to take advantage of the internship program. In January 2021, Angela was asked to serve as a Course Creator for Ari's Take Academy by Ari Herstand, who Forbes recognized as the "posterchild of DIY music". She currently aids their team in developing courses for independent musicians that will give them access to the tools they need to achieve success and navigate the music business. Angela has also accepted the position as the Assistant Vice Chair of Events for the Chicago Chapter of Women In Music. She helps to plan and execute events that will educate, empower, and offer new opportunities for women across various aspects of the music industry.
Angela also continues to serve as artist manager to Matt B.
VICE PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR OF A&R
Pete Lamothe is a 20-year veteran of the music industry. His career kicked off at Virgin Records where he worked in the Urban Radio Promotions department and closely with acts such as Scarface, Do or Die, Luniz, and many more. After taking on the role of management for the R&B group 'Ideal' (Virgin Records),
VICE PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR OF A&R
Pete Lamothe is a 20-year veteran of the music industry. His career kicked off at Virgin Records where he worked in the Urban Radio Promotions department and closely with acts such as Scarface, Do or Die, Luniz, and many more. After taking on the role of management for the R&B group 'Ideal' (Virgin Records), he then took a Senior Management position at Alliance Entertainment/Sanctuary Group. There he managed such artist as Nelly, Murphy Lee, and the St. Lunatics.
In 2007, Pete spread his wings and created his own company Izzy Management & Consulting. He managed music producers such as Grammy award winning producer Jason “JP” Perry (Mary J Blige, Pussy Cat Dolls, Chris Brown, etc.). Other clients under the Izzy Management umbrella include Bay Area rapper Berner (Cookies Brand).
Pete has a deep passion for music and the creative process that comes along with being a seasoned veteran on the Management and A&R side of the business. Pete Lamothe strives daily to keep the integrity of the music business alive!
In today's music industry (especially during times of COVID-19), independent artists are often expected to wear multiple hats and invest their time into learning new skills that will help them to advance in their careers. In this episode, Angela & Matt B dissect the concept of being a "Jack/Jill of all trades" as an artist and dive deeper into the importance of being more than just a musician. Matt & Angela also unpack the state of the industry today and discuss being a visionary, artists chasing fame instead of their dreams, "cookie cutter" music versus music with passion, and much more.
Independent vs Major Record Label: which one takes the crown? Matt B and Angela take a deep dive into the pros and cons of being independent vs signing a deal with a major record label. They discuss ownership of masters, maintaining creative control, setting goals and expectations, and ultimately…which option is the best for you?
The pandemic has altered the world’s sense of normalcy. Every industry was affected and left devastated. However, COVID-19 restrictions had a profound impact on the music industry. Artists were dropped from their deals, venues shut down as live entertainment converted to virtual platforms, and artists were left with few avenues to collect revenue consistently. In this episode, Matt B and Angela discuss the pandemic’s impact on the music industry, as well as the big question: should you get the COVID vaccine?
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