Uptown Record founder Andre Harrell has died according to multiple sources.
Harrell was credited for discovering Sean “Puffy” Combs and signing a teenaged singer named Mary J. Blige.
Uptown Records was a major force in the entertainment industry and played a key role in the creation of the New Jack Swing style of music, the label was home to many now legendary acts including Blige, Jodeci, Guy, and Heavy D.
Harrell also produced several film and TV projects including “Strictly Business” and “New York Undercover”.
At the time of his death, Harrell was working on the BET miniseries “Uptown” which was scheduled to air this year.
Andre Harrell was 59.