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Industry Vets Launch Fusion Entertainment Company

Industry vets Chuck Rhodes, Mike Meade, Amy Aylward, Wayne Halper, Bob Frank, Ted Ellis, Tom Cross and Chuck McDowell III have founded Fusion Entertainment Company in Nashville. Additional staffers include agents Tayler Bock and Joan Saltel. Rhodes will serve as Exec./GM overseeing day-to-day operations alongside VPs/Agents Meade and Aylward. Halper will handle legal affairs and business development.

Operating as a booking agency and offering management and label services, the company's booking roster includes Darryl Worley, Ty Herndon, John Schneider, Michelle Wright, Danielle Peck, Smith & Wesley, Billy Gilman, Brody Ray, Trent Tomlinson, Keith Anderson and Jason Michael Carroll. The management divison launches with guitarist Denny Jiosa. "I have known and worked with Mike Meade and Amy Aylward for many years," says Rhodes. "When the opportunity arose to merge their booking agency Acceleration Music Group into our Fusion launch, I jumped at the chance." Meade and Aylward launched Acceleration Music Group in 2018 following the closing of Buddy Lee Attractions (CAT 10/16/18). More here