Kimberly James President/Founder
About Our Team at CBM Records - We are one eclectic crew!
Kimberly James started out as an independent booking agent and tour manager, and fast developed her skills and expertise in the industry, putting in the hard work side by side with some of the best in the industry like Dave Ellefson of Megadeth. She has been interviewed and featured by magazines and radio stations across the country as well as featured in a music industry book "Swimming With Sharks", by Akasha Multimedia in New York. She spent several years on the National tour arena befriending and working with Sworn Enemy, Dave Ellefson and many more artists across the globe, managing acts in Trinidad, the UK, Italy and Australia as well as the USA., where she found a love of diverse music, and left the national market to work to develop the artists from the ground up through artist development and her label.
Kimberly divides her time between speaking at music conferences, developing new artists and growing her record label CBM Records, an independent label, and now a second label with a partner Status Records. Her company has seen several artists break from one market to another and keeps building the artists daily.
Kimberly has history in every avenue of music, including show, festival and concert production, sound, lights, venue booking, consultation (of artists as well as venues), management and more. Kimberly provides her time to many charities, including 500 Songs for Kids, The National MS Society, The National Autism Society, Pepperland Kids Music Camp and many many more on a continuous basis. Kimberly believes that to succeed in life as well as music you have to give back.
Kimberly is also production manager for country and rock for the Ga Music Awards, along with wearing many other hats for the awards. The Ga Music Awards are an independent awards show held annually at The Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, Ga, providing a platform for unsigned artists in the state of Georgia. She as well is on the advisory board of the A&R Network and many many other contributions in local and regional music.
Priscilla has had musical training since elementary school (went to private Catholic schools with Irish nuns who INSISTED they all learned an instrument, how to read music & some theory ~ was in concert choir in High School and toured with them in Atl n Nashville), she has been road manager for several bands(3 yrs with the legendary "Gypsy of the Blues" Mr. Eddie Kirkland ~ RIP) . She has been A&R/talent scout for different indy labels (especially start up labels), has worked in promotions of several events and artists that she was a developer of or co-developer, and is a current board member of GABBA (Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association)
- Marketing Degree - Licenses manicurist (had her own biz for 9 yrs), built Harley Davidsons, worked in retail, health dept, law offices, print, radio and for a state senator (still in office) - currently a diamond consultant and now business manager of CBM Records.
John has had music in his veins since he was very young. Sitting around on weekends while his parents listened to everything from Merle Haggard to Neil Diamond. That music molded his vast range of music he enjoyed. John started out in the music business 6 years ago as an independent booking agent and remains in that role today, John has spent much of his time booking artist in and around the southeast. John enjoys working with new talent and helping them make their mark in the music business and seeing them grow and evolve as they go from playing small crowds to bigger and bigger and crowds.
Outside of the music business John owns and operates his own furniture company where he designs, builds and re-purposes one of a kind pieces of furniture for clients and businesses that are looking for something different.
Blackie Starks has been playing music professionally for 20 years. He plays drums, guitar, bass, piano, sing, write, has had songs featured on NASCAR DVD, Hawaiian tropic DVD, a movie soundtrack called whisper, a kite flix DVD, have shared the stage, bill, and road with numerous acts like Sevendust, nickel back, default, filter, fuel, weezer, uncle kracker, drowning pool, matchbox 20, the nixons, stone sour guns and roses, sister hazel, quiet riot, Jackyl, also with members of Mötley Crüe, black sabbath, quiet riot, Cinderella, chuck berry, collective soul. He has also been in bands with members of stone sour and stuck mojo. He has recorded with the drummer from tonic, Sheryl Crowe, and now currently randy houser. He has worked with major label producers like Scott Spelbring, Larry Gann, and rick beato, and has had numerous songs in regular fm rotation around the world. He has also worked in fm radio as an on air talent for several years, and has even done some screen time in a major film, patch Adams. His family history includes his grandfather Blackie starks who played with several country greats, even played the grand ole opry, and his uncle rick who played with David Alan Coe as a band member, Albert King, and members of bob seegers band as well mellencamps band.
Max DeVill is a Corporate Media Director with over 15 years’ experience in video and web production as well as advertising. Max is an integral part of the CBM Records family, handling all bands video marketing as well as heading the department. He also has built and is handling the company CMS. On the side he has his own unique company in the film and TV industry.
Robert Nowell (Bo) is a musician from North Carolina. He became interested in music and began playing guitar at age 15, and was in several local hard rock and metal bands over the years and learned many things about the business side of music. Over the years he met several people that have gave me insight on the do's and don'ts of making it in the music business. He currently lives in Pueblo, Colorado.
Growing up in the outskirts of Atlanta, Ga., Rachele Chappell’s love for music started at the early age of 5. She and her mother often spent weekends at Chastain or Piedmont Park picnicking, throwing Frisbee, and checking out live music. Rachele’s love for the arts was always immense. She practiced everything from tap, ballet, swing dancing, the piano, drawing and singing. As a teen, life was all about what was the next show or concert. She never restricted herself to one genre of music, stating “Different music satisfies different moods.” So her taste in music ranges from classical to punk and everything in between. Settling down and starting a family, she spent weekends at the house jamming out with friends. She has had her own cleaning company and currently she owns a company called Rocky Creations, where she designs and sells beaded jewelry. Rachele has had some success as a published poet. She even managed to find some time to start a band called Rocky and the Hard Times, where she recorded and wrote her own lyrics. Career wise Rachele has been a bit of a Jack of all trades working as a model, cocktail waitress, hostess, cashier, salesman, receptionist, office administrative assistant, and manager. Always longing for a professional career in music she has now made her way to joining CBM Records as a booking agent and is looking forward to a bright new future.
Sara was born with the love of music and has been exposed to several types of artists throughout her life. She attended Berklee College of Music where she earned her degree in Music Business and Arrangement. She recently added to her degree with a certification in Marketing and Business Administration.
In the past, Sara has worked with Southern Track Records and several other Atlanta based bands by marketing and booking their shows. She has experience with a variety of genres including rock, pop, country, to name a few.
Sara has been involved with music since her elementary school days. She has experience working with Georgia's top retail music companies. She has received several awards for her marketing skills as well as being recognized as a top 5 leader in company sales. She has a vast knowledge of the music industry from a business standpoint to the instrumental needs of a student to a professional level.
Brandon Scott began his career in music as an independent booking agent and manger for area bands in West TN. While, working on developing bands from the ground up, he realized he need a better education to continue his life's work. He received his bachelors degree in Public Relations from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN in 2013. Since, he has taken on the task of assisting in the marketing and developing of a independent management and promotion company in Tullahoma, TN and was hired as the Entertainment Director for Billy Bobs Resort. Most recently he accepted a offer from CBM Records to join their staff as a booking agent.