Manhattan Center Productions Forges Alliance with Grammy Award-Winner "Comissioner Gordon" Williams

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Few native New Yorkers can boast the producing and engineering accomplishments of "Comissioner" Gordon Williams. Born in the Bronx, he is a Seven-time Grammy Award-winner whose resume also includes numerous gold and platinum albums.

Now, Williams has brought his talents to Manhattan Center. From his office at the facility, he handles a range of music production activities and has been instrumental in attracting new business to Manhattan Center's recording studios.

Going forward, Williams is slated to play an even larger role at Manhattan Center, as the facility moves to establish its own music publishing company. Specifically, Williams will assist in producing the songs that will be composed by the writers Manhattan Center expects to attract.

"When it comes to music production, Manhattan Center has few rivals," said Williams. 
"It is truly a place where the best performers can rely on the best production quality and values. My company, The Lalabela Entertainment Group, a multifaceted entertainment company with various specialties in the development of global production, marketing and distribution of quality content from award-winning writers, producers, directors, executives and artists, was established to nurture inspiration, support creativity and turn dreams into reality. Manhattan Center provides the perfect environment to fulfill this mission."

Peter Ross, President of Manhattan Center Productions, said, "When people first visit Studio 4, I wait to see whether they experience its very special vibe. And that matters to me. I first met Gordon in Studio 4. Not only did he instantly feel that vibe, but we both felt a very natural rapport suggesting we'd be working together. Given that he shares our vision and ideals, I am committed to expand the relationship between his Lalabela Entertainment Group and our Manhattan Center."

Emerging from the hip-hop scene, Williams earned a production deal with Motown Records and went on to work with greats such as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, KRS One, Babyface, New Edition, Nile Rodgers and Quincy Jones. Later, as Senior Director of A&R at Sony Music Entertainment, he worked on Lauryn Hill's solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill—for which he won his first two Grammys—and Will Smith's Men in Black soundtrack. He later won another Grammy for participating in the mixing of Carlos Santana's multiplatinum Supernatural. Among a galaxy of other collaborations, he's worked with Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Damien Marley and Stephen Marley (with whom he won three more Grammy awards). Williams is the brainchild behind The Lalabela Entertainment Group and is an adjunct professor at Long Island University.

About Manhattan Center

Centrally located in the heart of New York City at 311 West 34th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, Manhattan Center ( strives for excellence with every event. The extensive facilities include recording and television production studios in addition to the famed Hammerstein and Grand Ballrooms. Manhattan Center has been the facility of choice for household name artists, composers, concert promoters, municipality and political parties, television events, fashion shows, corporations, not-for-profits, record companies and worldwide and local organizations.  

Contact:   Susan Forman, Dian Griesel Int'l. 212.825.3210

SOURCE Manhattan Center


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