In 1989, Tony Martel, the Vice President of CBS Associated Labels proposed to Allen Jacobi that he run an independent record company distributed by Sony Music. Pyramid Records was born and the focus from the beginning was to sign established recording artists from the 1960’s and the 1970’s. In 1990, Pyramid signed Joe Walsh of the Eagles as its first artist and in 1991 released Ordinary Average Guy through Epic Records/Sony Music. Upon its release, the title track became a #1 single on the Rock Radio charts and went to #3 on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart. Even though the Joe Walsh album had been successful, Sony decided its strategic focus at the time was promoting new artists and Pyramid changed its distribution to BMG (Bertlesman Music Group). In 1992, Pyramid released Stray Cats’ Choo Choo Hot Fish and Asia’s Aqua. In 1993, Pyramid signed a new distribution agreement with Rhino Records, a Warner Brothers owned and distributed Company and released Jericho, the first studio album in sixteen years by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends The Band. Pyramid followed up with Dave Edmunds Plugged In and in 1994 released Earthrise, The Rainforest Album, featuring Paul McCartney, Elton John, U2, Queen, Genesis, Joe Walsh, REM, Dire Straits, Sting, Eurythmics, Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, Seal and more!
In 1995, Pyramid entered into an enhanced agreement with Rhino Records. Pyramid released The Band’s High on the Hog and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Greatest Hits Live in 1996, Earth, Wind & Fire’s studio album In the Name of Love in 1997 and Robert Palmer’s Rhythm and Blues, Nik Kershaw’s 15 Minutes, and Edgar Winter’s Winter Blues in 1999.
Pyramid was distributed through WEA (Warner, Elektra, Atlantic) for seven years and since 2003, Pyramid has been distributed through Universal Music Group Distribution the largest music distributor in the world.
In 2004, Pyramid released Bridge to Havana featuring Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett, Gladys Knight, Montell Jordan, Peter Frampton, Mick Fleetwood, Brenda Russell and more! The album went to #3 on the Billboard World Album Chart, the documentary was featured on PBS nationwide and the Gladys Knight single “Feelin’ Good (Vacilon)” received extensive radio airplay. Also in that year, an album from urban songstress Lalah Hathaway was released and its single “Forever, For Always, For Love” went to #1 on the Urban A/C Radio chart, selling well over 100,000 units.
Pyramid went on to release albums by rock legend Stephen Stills, hip hop legends Public Enemy, dancehall superstars Beenie Man and Anthony B, country music star Ty Herndon and Grammy-winning, Latin vocal star Jon Secada.
Pyramid has revamped its strategy to now include all aspects of the entertainment world and plans to build a touring festival known as Groove Nation, which is a trademark owned by Pyramid. The festival will center on Rhythm and Blues’ legendary artists, whose recording rights Pyramid will also acquire, along with certain other merchandising rights and will be the basis of a reality TV show, thereby guaranteeing exposure to all of its artists, additional sales of recorded music and artist and festival merchandise. Most of the legendary R&B artists are without labels, but two are on a continual basis. Artists such as Kool & The Gang, Hall & Oates, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald and countless others.