Producer, LaSalle Gabriel is one of the top media entrepreneurs in the U.S. with chart positions in 300 issues of Billboard Magazine!
*Chart presence in over 300 issues of Billboard Magazine.
*Acquired Flyte Tyme Studios for $7 million dollars.
*Strategic partnership with IBM valued at $7 million dollars.
Internationally known as the 'Black Clapton'- Producer/Songwriter/Arranger LaSalle Gabriel is a 25 year entertainment industry icon, master guitarist, label exec, record producer, film financier, and media analyst.
Prior to signing a distribution deal with Lightyear/Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Records for his own label, LG led an investment group in the purchase of the legendary Flyte Tyme Recording Studios in Edina, Minnesota for $7 million in stock. Flyte Tyme is the birthplace of countless hits by Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Robert Palmer, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Ritchie, Aerosmith, and the Rolling Stones. After a complete renovation of the landmark building, Gabriel divested his shares for $3 million dollars and the building is now the Minneapolis Media Institute.
As a producer, songwriter and arranger, LG holds chart positions in over 300 issues of Billboard Magazine, including 70 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 on five charts simultaneously! He is featured in articles by the Washington Post, New York Times, L.A. Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Weekly, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and more than 50 regional news magazines and newspapers throughout the United States.
Over the years LG has been sponsored by Gibson Guitars, Carvin Guitars, Marshall, Mesa Boogie, Peavey Amplifiers, and Akai Musical Instruments. LG is also one of the most sought after session guitarists in the industry commanding fees in excess of $5000 per day.
LG has worked with Jamie Foxx, Anita Baker, TLC, Sounds of Blackness, Barry White, Dallas Austin, Charlie Wilson, Patti LaBelle, Ann Nesby, The Gap Band, Karyn White, DJ-Quik, Johnny Gill, Vanessa Williams, Cherrelle, Vesta, Chante' Moore, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Cynda Williams, Delfeayo Marsalis, Color Me Badd, After 7, Carl Carlton, Radio Logic and Lo-Key. His 46 television appearances include The Tonight Show, David Letterman, MTV, VH-1, BET, and Arsenio Hall.
In addition to a corporate clientele that includes; Microsoft, NBC, Time Life, TV-1, PBS, Centric, and Readers Digest, LaSalle Gabriel was the first African American to receive a multi-million dollar strategic partnership with global tech giant IBM in the company's 100 year history.
LG produced the essential comeback album for the Grammy Award winning group, Sounds of Blackness. The album and single entitled 'Unity' entered the Billboard Gospel chart at #11 during its first week, spent a staggering 56 weeks in the Top 40, and later achieved crossover success on Billboard's Hip Hop/R&B chart at #37. After 77 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 album chart, 'Unity' won a Stellar Award for Best Gospel Album. LG was also the original guitarist for the group from 1990-1998, (Perspective/A &M Records).
LG produced and co-wrote 'Delusions of Grandeur' for indie rockers, The J Project, the song had over 100,000 spins at radio. The single peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, #10 at Hot/AC, and spent 21 weeks in the Top 40.
LG also produced the Country single, 'Carry The Flag' which spent three months on the Billboard Top 10 Country Singles Chart peaking at #4. Produced and co-written by Gabriel, the song was a morale booster for U.S. troops serving in Iraq and became a mainstay on aircraft carriers throughout the Middle East. LG would later receive commendations from President Bush, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of the Navy for the success of 'Carry The Flag'.
In film, LG co-produced and supervised post-production on three movie projects at Paramount Domestic Television and the Showtime Cable Network, he also scored one of films, (imdb.com). LG was a songwriter for NBC's 'Days of our Lives'.
In the political arena, LG has served as a media technology advisor to Wisconsin Governor Scott McCallum, Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, Senator Ted Mondale, Attorney General Skip Humphrey, and Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman during his Gubernatorial campaign.