Music executive Dani Stephenson is out to change the music industry and the community. The entrepreneur and philanthropist is making a significant impact in business and the nonprofit sector as he continues to lead his company to greater heights.
Stephenson is the President of Straight Forward Music Group and Co-founder of Mugal Group. He has over 15 years experience as a talent manager, publisher and A&R consultant for some of the biggest names in music. The music mogul has worked on albums and artists for the likes of Drake, Lucky Dancer, A$AP Ferg, Anne-Marie, Celina Sharma, Ella Mai, Dave, J Hus, Big Sean, MANN, Diddy Dirty Money and many more. Dani is also a consultant for superstars like DJ producer Don Diablo in which he helped piece together “Give It All” featuring Kelis and Alex Clare and most recently “Survive” featuring Emeli Sande, and Gucci Mane plus many more.
Stephenson started off in the industry as a songwriter-producer under the pen name “Pyramids In Paris.” One of his early successes was contributing to the Billboard Top #20 hit single “The Mack” featuring Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap. The song went on to stream over 300 million worldwide and has sold over 2 million singles to date.
In 2015 Dani signed Nana Rogues to Straight Forward Music who played a significant part in Drake’s record breaking album “More Life”, where he produced “Skepta Interlude” and the iconic worldwide hit single “Passionfruit.” As a team they have been nominated for MOBO Awards, won one Brit Award for producing on Dave’s album “Psychodrama” and two Brit nominations “Best Song” and “Best Music Video” for the single “Girls Like”, as well as receiving two Grammy nominations for the work on Ella Mai’s album “Ella Mai – Good Bad” and Drake’s album “Scorpion” where Nana co-wrote hit single “Don’t Matter To Me” featuring Michael Jackson, with so many global hits on there resume and an unbelievable track record for crafting Top 40 hits the future looks bright.
Straight Forward Music Group is the umbrella organisation for four companies: Straight Forward Publishing, Straight Forward Music, Straight Forward Recordings, and Straight Forward Giving Foundation. Straight Forward Publishing takes charge of creative and global publishing services for the company’s clientele. Straight Forward Music handles talent management. Straight Forward Recordings, a previous imprint of Virgin EMI, is the A&R consultancy, music distribution, and marketing arm for the Straight Forward empire. Straight Forward Giving Foundation is the soul of the domain, spearheading all of Dani and the company’s charity initiatives and fundraisers.
Through the efforts of Straight Forward’s giving entity, the organisation champions multiple charities for the underprivileged and marginalised. The not-for-profit arm helps initiatives like Youth Music, Princes Trust, NHS Charities Together and Young Lives Matter. In recent times, the Straight Forward Giving Foundation has also been actively seeking out means to support families and individuals who have been affected by the economic recession caused by COVID-19. Millions of employees in the United States have lost employment due to the pandemic, and tens of thousands more get retrenched weekly. But through the efforts of foundations like Straight Forward Giving, communities are still seeing a ray of hope in this challenging period.
As Daniel Stephenson continues to pioneer Straight Forward Music Group to higher levels in the face of challenges and trials, the growth of Dani’s companies have grown from strength to strength over the past 8 years due to an entrepreneurial, forward thinking and innovative approach. In 2020 there’s more headroom for growth as Dani gears up to launch Mugal Group with co-founder Vishal Patel to expand into the Indian and Southeast Asian markets to bridge the gap between Asia and the global markets. The roster already boast enormous talent with teen sensation Celina Sharma, Top 20 Multi-Platinum producer-artist Coolie and the 18 year old global star, Lucky Dancer whose a singing, dancing producer-artist with over 17 Million followers on Tik Tok and 3 Million on Instagram.
Dani looks forward to brighter days as he sets his mind on going against the grain, pushing boundaries for Straight Forward’s strategy and the music industry as a whole. He’s intent on building a lasting legacy by implementing strategic innovation on a global scale, creating more hits, breaking more breakthrough artists and songwriters, whilst up-scaling his charity work, were very excited to see how the next five years progress..