Our Creative Talent. Meet the people who make it happen.
KORTNEE MCCALL-SIMMONS, CEO
The dual-corporate Chief Executive Officer is Dr. Kortnee McCall-Simmons. Kortnee has extensive experience in the music and entertainment industries, both respectively and at their intersections. Kortnee established The Lark Agency through a recording contract between Kortnee and Empire, and it has been solely owned and managed by him since September 2017.
As the son of two gospel singers/musicians and nephew to Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of Run-D.M.C. and Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons–Kortnee considers music the family business. Some of his accomplishments include:
41+ feature films, network television, and stage credits, including vocal coaching at Showtime At The Apollo on Fox;
Performances with Chris Brown, Betty Wright, J. Holiday, Mya, August Alsina, and others;
On-Screen Performances with Giancarlo Esposito, Jaden Smith, Tyler Hoechlin, Laverne Cox, and others;
Songwriting and production credits with/for Soulja Boy, Jazmine Sullivan, Ryan Destiny, Eric Bellinger, and others;
Industry Mentorships from Tamar Davis, Maurice Starr, Troy Taylor, Usher, and Christina Aguilera.
His professional career extends well beyond entertainment, in any case. Kortnee has several years of experience as a Human Resource Manager, Education Advocate, and CommunityOrganizer. His love for the community stems from his immediate family’s struggles with homelessness, poverty, and drug abuse (both direct/indirect).
Before running The Lark Agency full time, Kortnee spent 10+ years in the Kingston and Greater Hudson Valley as an influential voice for many causes that have built him a solid reputation within the community. An avid historian of the area, Kortnee’s family, is one of the first to settle in Kingston; and serve its people in government and community.
As a leader, he believes that the work should be shared and held to a standard. For that reason, Kortnee directly selected and heads the management team of each brand. Kortnee is uniquely qualified to develop a trusted community-owned entertainment venue as a professional musician and long-time community member and looks forward to realizing that goal in 2022.