Board of Directors

Johnnie Walker

Johnnie Walker is Founder and CEO of NABFEME, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment, Inc. She is the brainchild behind Women Who Jam, a national all-female themed radio show and live music showcase series. Walker has served as Executive Director of the Memphis Music Commission, Head of Black Music for DreamWorks Records and holds the distinction of being named the first female Sr. Vice President of Promotion for Def Jam Recordings and the only female to ever hold that position with the company. The recipient of countless awards, in 2005 Walker was honored with the "Woman of Conscience Award" by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rainbow/PUSH, in 2006 she received Delta Sigma Theta’s "Osceola Award," the highest honor given to professionals in the arts; in 2009 Women’s eNews named Walker as one of New York's "21 Leaders for the 21st Century," and in 2010 Memphis newspaper, the Tri-State Defender named Walker a “Woman of Excellence.”

Known affectionately as "J-Dub," Walker began her career as a Country music radio personality. She later segued to Black Radio as an announcer and Program Director. In 1989 Walker joined Def Jam Recordings as a regional marketing rep and within one year was promoted to National Director of Promotion. The Sr. National Director position soon followed and positioned Walker to be instrumental in launching the careers of Redman, Method Man, Onyx, Montell Jordan, Ashanti, Sisqo, Case and Foxy Brown!

Making the move to New York City in 1997, Walker was named Vice President of Promotion at Def Jam. A year later, after restructuring the company’s promotions department and its field staff, Walker was named Sr. Vice President. During her tenure, her team successfully marketed Def Comedy Jam, Phat Farm clothing, Russell Simmons' co-produced movies, "The Nutty Professor,” Jackie Chan’s “Rush Hour 1 and 2,” plus several #1 Gold and Platinum albums from Jay-Z, Sisqo, Kelly Price, Ashanti, Ja Rule, DMX, LL Cool J, Musiq, Dru Hill and others.

After 15 years of tenure at Def Jam, Walker resigned, moved to Los Angeles and assumed the position of Head of Black Music at DreamWorks Records. Following a subsequent sale of the label, Walker headed South to Memphis, where today she consults entertainment and music related businesses and projects.

Pat Tigrett

Fashion designer, patron of Memphis Music and philanthropist … Pat Kerr Tigrett is Chairman and CEO of Pat Kerr, Inc. Designing fashion couture in her downtown penthouse/office, Pat Kerr Tigrett has spearheaded such civic celebrations as the lighting of the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, the groundbreaking 'Big Dig' party for The Pyramid, and the inaugural Northwest/KLM flight to Amsterdam. She is the Founder of The Blues Ball, The Jingle Bell Ball, and The Nutcracker Ball, which benefit Memphis Music, children, and the arts.

Her fashions have been showcased in prominent New York retail showrooms and windows; and her work has been featured on the covers of magazines and books, including Martha Stewart's Weddings. Pat lived in London for twenty years developing an extensive private royal collection containing gowns of items from Princess Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Queen Victoria and King George III. Widow of international financier John Tigrett, mother of Kerr Tigrett, she currently serves on the boards of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis in May, Smithsonian Rock 'N' Soul Museum, Riverfront Development Corporation, The University of Memphis, and The Memphis Charitable Foundation, among others.

Julien Salley

A decorated veteran having served honorably in The United States Navy and Army National Guard, Julien Salley is currently General Manager of The Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis. After serving his country Julien returned home, enrolled and completed his college education at The University of Memphis, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management and graduating with honors.

Julien’s stellar civilian career has included stints as Banquets and Private Events Manager for The Gibson Beale Street Showcase, plus multiple titles while working for Hard Rock Cafe International. A creative mastermind, Julien devised the very popular “Guitar Drop” for New Year’s Eve. He first introduced The Guitar Drop in Memphis and later took the concept to Music City USA when a career move relocated him to Hard Rock Café Nashville. There Julien created The Music Note Drop, and supported efforts of the installation and activation of Guitar Drop events in Niagara Falls, Phuket, Thailand, Toronto, Detroit, and many other cities in and outside of the United States.

Having produced, marketed and executed countless live music concerts and initiatives, Julien Salley has worked hand in hand with many notable artists and performers including Taylor Swift, The Black Eyed Peas, CREED, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Wynona Judd, Trace Adkins, Aaron Lewis of Staind, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, Kellie Pickler, Saliva and many more.

Kurt Clayton

CEO of KC Productions LLC, a music and film company… Kurt “KC” Clayton is a two-time GRAMMY nominated producer, songwriter, arranger and artist. Among his many concert and tour duties, Kurt currently teaches Music Business at the University of Memphis.

Very active on the local and national music scene … Kurt Clayton is former president of the Memphis Chapter of NARAS and current board member of the Memphis Rock ‘N Soul Museum and Rock ‘N Soul Hall of Fame. His extensive list of accolades and areas of music expertise have landed him on stage with musical legends like Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Chaka Khan, and Academy Award winning Memphis based Rap artists, Three 6 Mafia. Specializing in a variety of genres… Kurt has produced soundtracks for movies and individual DVD projects.

From Television mogul Oprah Winfrey to the controversial Larry Flint … Kurt’s body of work can be seen and heard in a variety of projects. His production skills earned him GRAMMY nods for work with recording artist Ann Nesby, formerly of Sounds of Blackness and with The Canton Spirituals. His collaboration credits include David Foster, Boney James, Howard Hewett and Three 6 Mafia.

Officers

Mike Glenn

Corporate Development

A long-time Memphis nightclub owner and concert promoter, Mike Glenn is the former owner and operator of the New Daisy Theatre on Beale Street; a position he held for more than 30 years. For more than 25 years he has performed as an integral part of the Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival and the Memphis in May World Championship Bar-B-Que Cooking Contest. Mike served as a member of the Tennessee Boxing Advisory Board for more than 18 years and has served on the Beale Street Merchants Board as an officer since 2001. Mike Glenn also served as Chairman of the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission.

Dwayne Matthews

Artist Relations

Originally from Chicago, residing in Memphis for over 30 years, Dwayne “Matt D” Matthews has always been involved in music and, basically, anything artistic. He has performed in various Memphis R&B and Jazz bands and rocks many events as “The House DJ.” Matt is a versatile musician who plays keyboards, bass, guitar, flute, drums and percussion.

In 1999, Matt formed Pegasus Entertainment Group as a base and platform for artist development; he is the company’s Founder and CEO. With a keen eye on the music business and potential artist prospects, Matt D is laying the groundwork for his own independent record label – GROOVN Records. A prolific songwriter, he is a member of ASCAP and is co-creator of "The Event," a live music series. Matt consistently assists artists in elevating their careers and continues to be a driving force in Memphis music.

Charlie Hubbard

Community Engagement

Charlie Hubbard is a former Shelby County Deputy Sherriff who has extensive experience in touring and working with a variety of national recording artists. He loves music, especially Memphis music and has toured with music icons like Public Enemy, Montell Jordan, Tracie Spencer and others.

Judge Booker

Community Engagement

A highly talented and accomplished professional musician, James “Judge” Booker has over 45 years of extensive music experience in his background, specializing in the bass guitar. Known throughout the music industry and by all of his colleagues and friends as “Judge,” James Booker excels in entertaining live audiences in nightclubs, concert halls and theaters. Judge is a much sought after musician who is often hired to accompany musicians, bands and artists in studio sessions and live performances, excelling in a variety of genres including Jazz, Country, Blues, Classical, Soul and R&B.