At the end of November, Randy Stark will be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
Born in Edmonton and Calgary-raised, Stark has been a longtime advocate of Canadian talent, and he has helped develop such Canadian country artists such as Paul Brandt, George Fox, Jason Blaine, Aaron Prichett, and fellow 2021 HoF inductee Patricia Conroy.
After graduating from high school, Stark answered an ad in a local Calgary newspaper and landed a job picking orders at a record warehouse. He wasted no time rising through the ranks to become warehouse manager and sales rep then working at record labels, A&M and GRT. All led to senior management and a role as VP of marketing and promotion at Warner Music Canada. Eventually, Stark started his own companies, establishing Stark Ravings, a management company behind the careers of Diane Chase, Blaine, Pritchett, Jake Mathews, Kylee Epp and Lisa Hewitt. Stark also worked as a radio tracker aiding the careers of Deric Ruttan, Gord Bamford, Michelle Wright, Clayton Bellamy and others.
Stark’s fifty-year career flourished behind a discerning ear for identifying hit songs and artists with career potential.
I caught up with Stark and found that life on this side of retirement outfits him well. Learn more in this FYI podcast.