With his 25+ years in the music business as an executive at some of the most prestigious major record labels in the world, it is no wonder why this tastemaker has been sought after by the music industry’s elite. Big Billy Clark started out his career at Def Jam Recordings in 1994 when then CEO Russell Simmons recruited him into the west coast office of the NY based company. Clark hustled his way from an intern to the Senior Director of A&R / West Coast Office Manager. When parent company Universal merged Island Records and Def Jam Records into the Island Def Jam Music Group, Clark was given the responsibility of running the west coast offices daily operations on top of being a creative A&R on the west coast and worked in various capacities with some of the labels biggest artists that included Ja Rule, Ludacris, Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman, Hoobastank, Christina Milian, Bon Jovi, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, Slick Rick, Foxy Brown, Sisqo.
After 9 years at his post at Island Def Jam, Clark ventured out and decided to learn a new facet of what his artists do… Touring! He immediately jumped on the road as a tour manager and learned about road life! Clark traveled around the world for 2 years with Hoobastank and Christina Milian before he was brought into Atlantic Records as an A&R by the labels President Craig Kallman. Big Billy Clark worked with the newly signed Keke Palmer, who has become one of Hollywood’s youngest talents and was rated in People Magazines Top 25 Under 25!
In 2006, Clark was then offered an executive A&R position at Sony Music where he developed new artists, as well as worked with the A&R team on the labels’ roster. After a couple of years at Sony, Clark felt there was a void in artist development. He was brought onboard to run a production company for The Black Eyed Peas’ Printz Board called Beets & Produce, where he was able to sign, develop and nurture singers, producers & songwriters. During this time, Clark also began to consult for major artists, record labels and management companies. Clark shortly after also accepted the post of GM at The Writing Camp, which housed songwriters and producers responsible for hit songs such as Beyonce’s “Halo,” Rihanna’s “SOS,” Hot Chelle Rae’s “Tonight Tonight,” and Jennifer Hudson’s “Think Like A Man.” Clark also was a talent producer on the Hub’s hit TV show Majors & Minors in addition to handling music supervision and clearance for all music in the show.
Over the years, Clark has been in high demand for his diverse talents and his ability to work in a number of facets in the entertainment industry. “I’m all across the board,” he says. “I feel like these days you have to be diverse and think outside the box to be a successful executive. I really enjoy developing talent of all kind, and being able to create new opportunities for others.
Currently, Clark is a music manager for a handful of artists including Keke Palmer. Clark is also the Executive Vice President at Hitmakers, a record label based in Los Angeles founded by mega producer Mark Feist. He also is a partner at VocalizeU, which is a 10-Day Artist Intensive for hundreds of artists from all over the world, and the longest running music camp in Los Angeles.