Chuck Rhodes & Dr. Glenn Toby
The Entertainment Alliance, or TEA for short, is a new full-service, multi-genre entertainment firm based in Nashville. The company was founded by Chuck Rhodes and Dr. Glenn Toby.
TEA will comprise an in-house label with global distribution via The Orchard, as well as management, publishing, booking, and label services like as social media and public relations, led by Rhodes (CEO) and Dr. Toby (President).
TEA will also act as a middleman for certain movies, TV shows, documentaries, and subscription video-on-demand products. The A&R services of TEA are headquartered in New York, with a satellite office in Atlanta. Flagship artists will be announced soon, with the first project set to be released later this year.
Rhodes, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s and began his career as a keyboard player, working with Cher, Ray Charles, and others. When he returned to Texas in the 1980s, he went into radio and was part of the team that helped KVIL become America’s No. 1 A/C station. He subsequently relocated to Nashville to work at MCA Records with Irving Azoff and Jimmy Bowen. In 1990, he collaborated with producer James Stroud and promotion executive Nick Hunter to launch Giant Records. With Clay Walker, the team went on to release seven No. 1 singles and establish the career of the late Daryle Singletary, with whom Rhodes collaborated for 25 years.
Additionally, Rhodes has collaborated with Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and Loretta Lynn. He currently runs his record label/distribution business in collaboration with Bob Frank Entertainment as well as his production firm, On the Rhodes Entertainment.
Dr. Glenn Toby
Dr. Toby is the founder and CEO of Glenn Toby Enterprises. GTE is a global holding company with deep ties to the real estate, technology, entertainment, and sports industries. LL Cool J, Positive K, Rapper Saigon, Lance Reddick, Swizz Beatz, Damion Hall of Guy, Actor Jason Mitchell, “Queen of House” Barbara Tucker, David Banner, and other artists, actors, and athletes are among those the New Yorker has collaborated with. Dr. Toby, a well-known philanthropist, founded The Book Bank Foundation to advance literacy. Dr. Toby, a Queens native, put in a lot of effort to overcome numerous obstacles, including homelessness. His profession grew over time to include book writing, public speaking, contract negotiating, producing, and promotion.
Toby has earned numerous awards, including the Harvard Outstanding Man of the Year Vanguard Award. Also the National Urban League Leadership and Achievement Award. He earned the Princeton University Excellence Award, and the Congressional Proclamation of Honor.
“As we move forward with this new company, I am standing proudly and respectfully on the shoulders of those who have mentored me along the way, all of whom are legendary in their own right,” Rhodes says. “To name a few, Jimmy Bowen, Nick Hunter, James Stroud, Shelia Shipley Biddy, and Bob Frank.” These men and women have inspired, taught, and prepared me to take on a leadership role in the music and entertainment industry that we all enjoy.”
Musical Dream Team
“Rhodes is the Clive Davis of the South, whether it’s country, southern blues, or soul, and I’ve been involved in hip-hop, pop, R&B, and dance,” Dr. Toby continues. “We don’t discriminate based on age, race, or genre; we welcome everyone. In our more than 40 years of combined experience, we have written, arranged, produced, performed, advised, and discovered talent.” We’ve been hiding behind the curtain for so long that it’s time to shine.”