Founder of Chase Communication, Ron "Chase" Parsons has been in the music business for over 17 years. First beginning as an artist and later as a successful manager to popular artists such as; Saukrates, BBL, Andreena Mill, Tamia, Jenna Andrews. Also, positioned as Creative Director and Manager with Chris Smith Management who boasts an impressive roster inclusive of; Nelly Furtado, Fefe Dobson, and Kreesha Turner.
In 1996 Chase began Capitol Hill Entertainment, a management company created to fill the void for urban artists seeking an outlet for their music. Proactively searching, Chase who is known for having a great eye, signed the young and talented Saukrates to an artist development deal. Chase soon after lands his first deal with Warner Music L.A.
Unfortunately the partnership proved unable to affectively penetrate the urban market forcing Chase to make the hard decision and end the brand marriage between Saukrates and Warner Music L.A. Later, Chase releases Saukrates: The Underground Tapes independently with friend and current President of Electra Records, Mike Caren.
The record was an underground Hip Hop success and placed Saukrates in the consciousness of Hip Hop Fans all over the world.
Saukrates later became the first Canadian Hip Hop act to be signed to Def Jam through Redmans imprint Gilla house in 2002. This was a ground breaking achievement for the young artist and manager. Unfortunately once again changes at the corporate level led Chase to once again have to part ways with Def Jam in 2006.
Chase would later go on to discover and harness the likes of today's many influential Canadian artists such as Jully Black, and Kardinal Offishall. After garnering recording deals for most of his roster Chase would on to put together BBL Production and later, discovers the young, up and coming Andreena Mill.
BBL's First single "Pimpin Life" hit the top 25 at CHR in 2003 and Saukrates began producing for artists such as Red Man; Method Man, Nelly Furtado, NAS, K-OS and many more. Even landing tracks in some of 2003's biggest films.
The ever turning wheel of the music industry finally recognized Chase's contribution in building the urban music scene in Canada. Through out 2002 and 2003 Chase was approached by the major labels in Canada seeking his expertise in urban music. Choosing Sony Music as the right fit for his fledging label he entered into a Joint Venture with then President Denise Donolan and in 2005 and began working on the Big Black Lincoln project.
The previous year, in 2004 Chase partnered up with long time friend and artist manager Chris Smith and began expanding his roster by taking on the Management of Tamia and Divine Brown. The Merger of Sony and BMG a year later made for changes in the infrastructure, trickling down to all the deals made over the past 2 years. Capitol Hills short major label marriage was over.
After touring the world and producing Saukrates embarked on his long awaited project titled Saukrates "Season One" which was both an experience and growth for both the artist and his tireless manager as they are currently set to release the album on Universal Records in late 2010.
Chase as Creative Director and Manager on Tamia's Independent album release "Between Friends" sold over 500,000 units independently worldwide, and he also played a pivotal role in launching Divine Brown's Canadian Gold selling debut album "Divine Brown".
Andreena Mill now signed to Universal Music Publishing NY and Jenna Andrews, Chase's latest find, is currently signed to Island Def Jam and preparing to release her much anticipated album in 2010.
Topping off the year with the major tour and sales success of Nelly Furtado, Tamia, Divine Brown and Kos CSM (Chris Smith Management) with the help of Chase Communications are currently known as one the top management teams in Canada with offices internationally both in the United States and West Indies.
MuchMusic's breakout original series, DISBAND, returns to give more young, struggling artists rock star guidance and direct music industry exposure. The first season helped launch the careers of two bands – Stereos and Dean Lickyer – who both signed major label record deals.A new judging panel joins DISBAND Guru Greig Nori to mold young artists and assess their image, music, stage presence, and ultimate music industry potential.
This year, 13 unsigned bands will face the judges and be told whether they have what it takes to make it or whether they should disBAND. In the season finale, we'll use the input and votes from online fans to determine what band should get the MUCHMUSIC rockstar treatment and what bands will be left backstage.