Senior Vice President and General Manager of Entertainment One, Nashville
Gina Waters Miller has been passionate about music and writing for as long as she can remember. "Poetry and music was an escape turned form of communication for me. Instead of running away and getting lost in words and music, I began running with them and I found my strength and voice. My words said what my mind thought and music expressed what my heart felt!" Not surprising being born into a family of classically trained AND Church musicians. Gina Miller grew up around music all of her life. Her maternal grandmother played piano with a style reminiscent of Scott Joplin's ragtime and taught all 10 of her children to play piano. Gina's Mississippi born, paternal grandmother played the piano with a bluesy style, straight from a Delta Juke Joint. Combine that with a mother who was the Church pianist for many years at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, as well as career school teacher. From all of that, and other immediate family who are also musicians; the stage was set where loving music, being a classically trained musician herself, singing and playing for churches of all denominations (Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, Christian, AME, CME, and United Methodist), having a Bachelor's degree in music, being licensed to teach music (K-12) in TN and ultimately having a celebrated career in the Music Industry was inevitable.
Meet Gina Miller, music industry veteran, who has been responsible during her tenure at Entertainment One for the campaigns of some of your favorite artists, which in the past have included: Pastor Shirley Caesar, Bishop Paul S. Morton, JJ Hairston, Ricky Dillard, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, William McDowell, Donald Lawrence, Michelle Williams, Lalah Hathaway, Tweet, Hezekiah Walker and notable others.
It all began after a non-traditional internship of working for free an entire year at Light Records in Nashville, when Gina accepted a position as Radio & Retail Promotions Coordinator in 2004, then moved to Director of Sales & Label Relations, followed by Marketing manager. She was named VP of National Promotions & Marketing for Light Records, then moved to VP Promotions & Label Relations, after being acquired by Entertainment One. Gina has spent a little over 15 years with the company, and more than 8 years as a VP.
Currently Miller serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Entertainment One, Nashville - which includes overseeing eOne, Light Records and Indie Blu Music as a family of labels...For Miller this role is a history making moment, not just related to the Gospel & Christian genres, but in Urban music, as well as all genres. Her position is one that only a handful number of women, not just currently, but historically also, being African American or otherwise can boast that this opportunity has been afforded.
Day to Day she oversees operations, which includes the management of every aspect from budgets to the development of initiatives, plans, new business, artist relationships, strategy and partnerships. Gina also recruits and signs talent, writers, and leads a staff who are on the front lines of radio, sales, production, digital, marketing, and publicity activations.
Actively, the eOne roster includes: John P. Kee, Jonathan McReynolds, Deitrick Haddon, Todd Dulaney, Jonathan Nelson, James Fortune, Leon Timbo, Lisa Page Brooks, Will McMillan and more. Entertainment One Nashville is also reaching in the urban space with the recent signings of Syleena Johnson and Q Parker. Light Records includes newcomers, Jabari Johnson, Randy Weston & Judah Band, Yael Hilton and Northern Lights United. Indie Blu music provides digital distribution and dedicated customer service to artists and labels who desire visibility on digital platforms, across genres for the music they create.
Gina is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Gospel Music Association (GMA), the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy (SAGMA) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. As well as the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Women In Music, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Miller, leads the Nashville Network of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Media & Entertainment™ (NABFEME).
Gina is a supporter of "music in schools" and also contributes often as a writer/blogger. Gina believes in service and is committed to reaching back, pulling up and pushing forward. As an executive, entrepreneur and educator; she pours into several groups that includes young business women, musicians and artists in the music industry, as well as clinician for those who serve in Church ministry. She serves on the board for (Atlanta based) Saving Our Daughters, (Nashville based) Creatives Day, and (Memphis based) Harmonic South and Clayborn Temple. Gina uses her voice to empower and her platform to illuminate. MENTOR and the MOTHER of two millennial sons, Miller says, "besides my work in music, those are the most fulfilling "jobs" in my world along with motivating and ministry. In 2018 Gina received a Stellar Women of Gospel Award, and Gina was also recognized in 2018 by Billboard, as one of the most powerful women in music.
Gina is divorced and the mother of 2 amazing sons. She was born and proudly raised in Memphis, TN, and has happily been a resident of Nashville for the past 23 years.