Mathew Knowles is calling it quits on the music industry after working on the management and business side since 1992.
“There’s nothing negative about [the decision]. I’m personally ready to move on. I’ll continue to teach about the music business,” he told Page Six in a statement.
Knowles is best known for managing Destiny’s Child and is the father of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles.
Besides academia, he plans to focus on his new podcast “Mathew Knowles IMPACT,” which debuted Feb. 22 on iHeartRadio. His first guest was Rev. Al Sharpton.
The podcast is described as “first-hand accounts of the lasting impact he’s experienced; from entrepreneurship, the music industry, to education, racism in America and health and wellness,” according to the radio giant.
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As for who would be his dream guests on the podcast, Knowles mentioned politicians, business execs and talk show hosts.
“I want to talk to Nancy Brown, who is the [CEO] of the American Heart Association, Vice President Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Wendy Williams, Oprah… I want diversity. I’m always looking at how to diversify my guests,” Knowles told Page Six.
He started his first music business, Music World Entertainment, in the ‘90s after a successful career in sales for companies including Xerox. Along the way, he established several different recording verticals such as Music World Gospel and Music World Kids, and joint ventures with Sony Music before becoming an executive producer and producer for Destiny’s Child.
Besides his daughters, he also helped manage the solo careers of former Destiny’s Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland until the mid-2000s.
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Thank you very much for enlightening me, and most importantly, just in time. Just think, six years already in the Internet, but this is the first time I hear it.
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