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RJO Artist Relations & Management, LLC
RJO Artist Relations & Management is a public relations, development and management company that represents some of the most prestigious talent in the independent music industry and beyond.

RICH OVERTON, CEO

Rich Overton, a Boston native, is the force behind RJO Artist Relations & Management in New York City. Operating RJO since 2002, Rich has promoted, developed and represented many artists including Electro Soul / Dance Queen Billie Ray Martin, Out Award Winning Recording Artist Ari Gold, Indie Songstress Rachael Sage, Dance Star Brian Kent, Billboard AC Chart Topper Kelly King, Piano Rocker / Actor Levi Kreis, Singer-Songwriter Maria Christensen, Daemon Records' Girlyman, and Broadway Legend Billy Porter.

There have been many RJO highlights. Rich developed and managed the career of Recording Artist Ari Gold for five years through two world tours, two album releases ("Space Under Sun" & "Transport Systems") and two Billboard Dance Hits including the Top 10 "Where The Music Takes You" featuring Sasha Allen. During this time, Rich also helped run the nationally distributed record label GOLD18 Records, Inc. Rich produced the videos "I'm Not Crazy", "Breathe Life", and "Whatcha Doin' To Me" by Billboard Club Break Out Artist Brian Kent as well as co-producing and appearing in Gold's "Love Will Take Over" video, which debuted at #1 on MTV's LOGO Channel. Rich has celebrated multiple #1 Singles on LOGO and many of his artists who have landed in the Top 10 on The Click List include Levi Kreis, Brian Kent, Liz Clark and French Electro-Pop Artist Naommon. He has worked with countless Pride Festivals worldwide as well as landing placements in many media outlets including Billboard Magazine, People Magazine, Out Magazine, VH-1, HBO, Sirius Satellite Radio, NPR and XM Radio. Rich also appeared in Rachael Sage's "Wildflower" and Cyndi Lauper's "Into The Nightlife" music videos.

In 1998, Rich began his career as a host on WECB Boston which led to being the very first male host of "Women In Music" in the history of WERS Boston. Here he built the show's popularity by welcoming such artists as Cyndi Lauper, Donna DeLory, Melissa Ferrick, Billie Myers, Lori McKenna, Ferron and Patty Larkin. Around this time, Rich covered and appeared at many events including the Walk For Life at The Esplanade in Boston and the final GLAMAs (Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards) in NYC interviewing many personalities including Michelle Ndegeocello, Luscious Jackson, Danny Pintauro, and the original "I Kissed A Girl" Recording Artist Jill Sobule.

This opened up opportunities for Rich working and gaining experience at Full House Promotions in Massachusetts (Vance Gilbert, Greg Brown), Nettwerk Management (Dido, Sarah McLachlan)in Los Angeles and Virgin Records (Janet Jackson, Nikka Costa, Lenny Kravitz) in Beverly Hills. Moving back East, Rich ran the publicity & booking departments for MPress Records (Rachael Sage) while managing Bisexual activist, pianist and songwriter Skott Freedman. He also worked with Two Sheps That Pass NYC marketing artists such as Groovelily, Mannheim Steamroller and KJ Denhart.

Each year Rich works directly with many human rights organizations. Through RJO, he has worked closely with The Reciprocity Foundation, LIGALY (Long Island Gay & Lesbian Youth), Soulforce, Marriage Equality, Bailey House and The Ali Forney Center, which houses homeless LGBT youth. Rich has served on the Board of Directors of OUTMusic, where he has overseen the media relations and inner workings of the organization. The OUTMusic Awards has honored many well-known figures including Jayne County and Dance Music Legend Junior Vasquez. For these efforts and more, Rich received the Qbliss 2008 Empowerment Award for creating change within the LGBT Community.

Rich is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Audio & Radio / Performance & Public Relations.


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