Founded in 2014 in Chicago, Vitae Records is an independent record label for all aspiring artists of any genre. 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.
Matt B is an international singer, songwriter, and the Founder/President of Vitae Records. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL. In July 2014, he signed a distribution deal to StarBase Records Japan. 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.
Matt B has worked with some of the industry’s greatest, such as 9x GRAMMY Award winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox, GRAMMY-nominated producers Donnie Scantz and Mark Byrd, and so on. He signed a digital distribution deal with Priority Records as of March 2017. His most successful single that he released through Priority was entitled ‘Need Your Love’, which currently has over 600K streams on Spotify. He released his 4-track EP ‘RISE’ in April 2018 (produced exclusively by Bryan-Michael Cox), and it collectively received over a half million streams on Spotify. To date, Matt has over 1.1 million plays on Apple Music and 1.4 million plays on Spotify.
Matt B is currently a professional member of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy.
Angela Benson is a business entrepreneur, music manager, and CEO of Vitae Records. 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. She 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), 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!
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