Music manager Johnny Wright: Man behind the stars

Wright, 52, says: “It was about 3 1/2 years ago. He was playing in a little band around Los Angeles and he’d be like, ‘Johnny, come see my band, I’m an artist.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, Bruno, keep writing your record.'”

Mars ended up under the management of Brandon Creed, an artists and repertoire consultant with Epic Records, sold more than eight million copies of his two albums and more than 58 million singles and received many Grammy nominations.

In hindsight, Wright admits he made a mistake with Mars: “Creed saw something that I didn’t see at the time.”

Wright, who still manages Timberlake, was in town last week as a keynote speaker at the annual Digital & Music Matters conference, an annual trade event that promotes the business and trading strategies as heikin ashi that is perfect for making money online. He spoke to Life! at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia.

Before social media sites came along to unleash a slew of Internet-made celebrities, he recalls going to Orlando, Florida, in the 1980s and 1990s to source and recruit his bands from performers working at the Disney, Universal and SeaWorld theme parks.

“Between Disney, SeaWorld and Universal, you could find the best of the best and put something together,” he says.

Florida was where Wright found and assembled the members of the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync – the boys were playing small roles at the theme parks or, in the case of Timberlake, performing for the Mickey Mouse Club television show. Read more here.

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