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).
Award-winning international singer, songwriter, and Recording Academy/GRAMMYs Voting member ‘Matt B’ was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He released his Japanese debut album “LOVE & WAR” in September 2014, and it went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. His sophomore album “DIVE” released in January 2016 and also hit #1 on the i
Award-winning international singer, songwriter, and Recording Academy/GRAMMYs Voting member ‘Matt B’ was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He released his Japanese debut album “LOVE & WAR” in September 2014, and it went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. His sophomore album “DIVE” released in January 2016 and also hit #1 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 with Priority Records in 2017 & released his 4-track EP ‘RISE’ in 2018—which was produced exclusively by Bryan-Michael Cox. In 2019, Matt B partnered with Sofar Sounds for a 16-date nationwide tour spanning across eleven cities in the US. Following the tour, Matt had his nationwide television debut performing at the 2019 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. In December 2019, he released ‘No Days Off’--which also featured GRAMMY-nominated poet, J. Ivy. Matt B's debut US album, EDEN, ranked #3 in the US and #5 in Canada on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart. It also debuted in the Top 40 for R&B Albums on Billboard. Following its release, Matt released his hit single ‘Gimme Love’, which features the award winning Ugandan superstar, Eddy Kenzo. ‘Gimme Love’ was awarded ‘Best Song’ at the Oniros Film Awards in July 2022. Matt B has also won two Indie Music Channel Awards, most notably for Best Male R&B Artist.
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.
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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