~ ~ BILLY CALLOWAY BIO ~ ~

Whether you call him "Billy" or "BC24," you always have to call William H. Calloway, Jr. a consummate professional. Raised in Evansville, Indiana with Anika (his sister), Billy did not have to look far for a role model. He learned early on from Harold and Frankye (his parents) the importance of discipline and a strong work ethic and credits them with instilling the value of having dedication, integrity and the undeterred desire to excel in whatever he chose to do. Those tenets remained with Calloway even while he was away at college pursuing his first love – (playing Division I) basketball. During his four years at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., he became accustomed to competing with and against the very best – a challenge that remains with him today, yet has inspired & motivated him to make a mark in every industry-related position he has held.

After graduating with a B.A. in Marketing, Billy's journey into music took him to Atlanta, GA to work at LaFace Records. It was there, in the Product Management Department, that he began his maturation into the seasoned music executive that he is today. In his role as product management coordinator, Calloway was instrumental in the development and implementation of the marketing plans for several platinum and multi-platinum LaFace artists, including Toni Braxton (SECRETS), Usher (MY WAY), TLC (CRAZYSEXYCOOL), and Outkast (ATLIENS).

Billy vividly recalls the beginning of his career at LaFace, stating: "I felt that LaFace was the best urban record label in the industry to learn the actual business of selling music. I treated it as a graduate school, soaking up as much knowledge and developing as many relationships with my peers in the industry as possible."

After LaFace Records, Calloway began working with then, start-up production company, Noontime Music. As vice-president of A&R, he was responsible for managing the production company and studio facilities, as well as soliciting placements for the material that was created at Noontime. At Noontime, he learned the dynamics of crafting music and honed his skills at working the creative side of the industry. During Billy's tenure at Noontime, the production company went from being a relatively unknown start-up, to being one of the most sought after production houses in Atlanta, completing songs with superstars like: Toni Braxton, Aaliyah, Puff Daddy, Jay Z, Ginuwine and Jagged Edge. Within the two years that Calloway was a part of the company, Noontime played an instrumental role in achieving more than 20 Million album sales combined from these artists and were awarded two 2001 Soul Train Music Awards for Jagged Edge's J.E. Heartbreak Album.

Billy's next position took him to Family Tree Entertainment, where he learned the ins and outs of managing artists and producers and sharpened his hands-on approach. Heading up their South office, Calloway worked with their roster of artists including, Outkast, Donell Jones, Youngbloodz, P.A., Nicole Wray, producers Eddie F and Darren Lighty, and was integral in the company celebrating their biggest accolades to date: winning an American Music Award for Best New Artist in 2000 for Donell Jones, a #1 single by Eddie F & Darren Lighty with Ruff Endz, "No More," and the recording of the now 3x Platinum Album, STANKONIA by Outkast.

While at Hitco Music Publishing, Calloway did not rest on his past achievements. He has taken his new challenges and succeeded tremendously with songwriters that he has signed to the company. During 2003, his first #1 single was achieved from a songwriter (producer) from St. Louis, MO, Jason “Koko” Bridges. Koko, as he is called amongst friends, produced the Grammy-Award Winning Summer Blockbuster Classic, “Shake Your Tailfeather,” which features Nelly, P.Diddy and Murphy Lee. The song spent 4 weeks at the top of the Hot 100 Billboard Charts and is featured in the Blockbuster Movie and Platinum Soundtrack, BAD BOYS II. Calloway also signed songwriter/producer, Carl Mo, who completed the single, “The Way You Move” for Big Boi (Outkast). This single has been certified platinum and the album is certified 10x Platinum. The album also won a Grammy Award for Best Album in 2004. Finally in 2003, Calloway put together and was instrumental in securing a solid placement for two songwriters that he signed to the company in 2002. The song, “Yeah,” performed by Usher and featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris was this multi-platinum superstar’s first single from his new album, CONFESSIONS. This single was the biggest record ever, regarding the radio listening audience. In addition, “Yeah” spent over 12 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. This song propelled Usher’s CONFESSIONS Album as the first R&B Album to ever sell more than 1 Million copies in its first week in stores. During the time that Calloway was at Hitco, he signed extraordinary songwriters with phenomenal talent and proven track records that continue to reach the top of the Billboard Charts.

"I feel that I have come full circle in the music business, gaining knowledge and insight in all areas of the industry throughout my career. Calloway was currently Senior Creative Director of Urban Music in Los Angeles for Famous Music Publishing, a Paramount Pictures/Viacom Company. He is currently the CEO and Founder of WhosLooking.com, a membership services website, music publishing, management and consulting company that is located in Los Angeles. From the basketball court to the executive office, Billy "BC24" Calloway has consistently proven that he is "on top of his game," and is determined to continue the rich tradition that began with LA Reid.

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