Will Covington - CEO
Biography and partial history of Will Covington
Inferno Music Group is headed by Will Covington and also is a company of full-service music promotions/production specializing in concerts/variety shows, special events coordination, stage management, talent bookings, music publishing, and sound recording productions.
Some of the musical projects Will did was the production of a song called, "Wizzdom/Freebase" for TK Productions (1980), "After Loving You" - a project picked up by MCA International's Recent Future Music (1984), production of Randy Cotton's hit CD, "Call on Jesus", and countless others. To date, Will has produced dozens of recording projects. Seven of these projects were released on his label, EGI Records, including "A COMMEMORATIVE TRIBUTE TO FLORIDA MEMORIAL COLLEGE" (now Florida Memorial University). This production is a mix of contemporary gospel and inspirational music celebrating the college's 117-year history; proceeds were earmarked for scholarships. The other fundraising recording, "WE CARE", boosted financial support of relief efforts for the starving refugees of Ethiopia. Will's company has promoted over 110 concerts/shows which resulted in job development for hundreds of professional entertainers and cultural performing artists. Also, his company provided entertainment for the 1995 Super Bowl (Miami) and Summer Olympics (Miami) which followed. EGI has promoted concerts with The O'Jays, Billy Paul, Harold Melvin, and the Blue Notes, Bill Summers and Summer's Heat, Shirley Caesar, Richard Smallwood, and the Smallwood Singers, Dorothy Norwood, Chi'lites, Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, and many many more.
Will was also commissioned by the City of Miami's Convention and Visitors Bureau to take professional music groups out to different pow wows throughout the South. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the "WE CARE" gold record award (1985), Metro-Dade County Vanguard Award (1993), and the 1995 Certificate of Appreciation from Metro-Dade County, just to name a few.
Will is an accomplished professional drummer and record producer. During the past 33 years, he performed with many major music recording artists like Gladys Knight & The Pips, James Brown, Al Green, Betty Wright, The Ink Spots, The Commodores, Chi-Lites, Roy Ayers, Minister Randy Cotton, and his own R&B band known as Omari. Will recorded with B.B. King during the making of King's 50th Anniversary album; the single on that project, "MY GUITAR SINGS THE BLUES", earned a GRAMMY IN 1985.
Kurtz Griffin C.O.O. INFERNO MUSIC GROUP.
Kurtz has documented success in the development, production, promotion and execution of major events to include some of the largest music festival, concerts, and plays. He has promoted concerts in genres that include: Rhythm and blues, Blues, Hip Hop, Gospel and Jazz. He has also promoted plays with numerous major artist to include Patti LaBelle.
He has provided Management and support to major events including Coachella, Stagecoach and Desert Trip which are three of the largest Music festivals world-wide. Other noteworthy events that he helped produce include the Zora Hurston festival in Eatonville Florida, the Honda Battle of the Bands in the Georgia Dome and the Premiere of the movie “Drumline” that was conducted in what was then the Atlanta Civic center, where he has also promoted shows of his own.
Kurtz currently serves as Co-CEO of LME (Lifetime Music Entertainment) a Florida based Music Production and Event Promotion company and was the majority owner of SME (Secure Military Enterprises) a California based company dedicated to providing the highest quality of professional services in support of government and private sector needs. Kurtz also serves as an consultation for major sporting and entertainment projects which include event marketing, presentations, coordination, setup and execution.
Kurtz has Master’s Degrees in Business Administration and Aeronautics (Magna Cum Laude) from Embry-Riddle University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management from Arkansas State University.
Will Omari Covington- President of Inferno Music Group
Antoine Macer - IMG Records Vice President
Joseph Patella A&R Representative
Mr. Patella has a Bachelor degree in Business Administration at Florida Metropolitan University, and he brings over 13 years experience in the music industry. Influenced by his Caribbean/Italian roots and music-influenced upbringing, Mr. Patella has spent the last decade working with young talent, helping to hone their skills and expose their works, as well as working with some industry professionals in various endeavors (Bebe Winans, Denyce Graves-Montgomery, Patra…). He joined Veal-Steen Publishing in 2010, he worked to exploit their catalog and also co-manage all developments within the LGN Entertainment Label Division. In 2015, he became the Vice President at Digital Media Services, which encompassed the aforementioned companies. Nowadays, he currently serves as a Board member for the Florida Songwriters Association and continues to work in A&R and artist management. A well-traveled and culturally diverse individual, he has experienced 20 different countries and speaks 3 different languages. Mr. Patella is a U.S. Army veteran and served his country in Operation Just Cause.
Wagner Fulco - A&R / Director
Production requires hard work and passion. Wagner Fulco brings a vision to renew the world of music.
Wagner began his career like most Brazilian musicians playing in night clubs, particularly Lua Nua in Guarulhos, where he performed alongside Brazilian phenomenon Mamonas Assassinas. After moving to the United States and working with artists like Steve Vai, he became actor Antonio Banderas' private engineer, guitarist, arranger, and friend. Through Banderas, more opportunities opened, allowing him to work with Alejandro Sanz, Sting, Vicente Amigo, Penelope Cruz, Elton John and others. Wagner eventually opened WavaFlow Studios in Los Angeles, California where his first customers were the rap group Black Eyed Peas and Sergio Mendes.
Wagner has also worked on various projects with Snoop Dogg, Motown Records, and Tribo de Jah lead singer Fauzi. He also recorded a version of Livin 'La Vida Loca, sung by the Puss-in-Boots (played by Banderas) in Shrek 2. In 2010, he introduced Brazilian legend Pepeu Gomes to the American market by playing as his guitarist on a recent tour to the USA. Through his connections, Wavaflow Studios become a "headquarters" to the most important productions made in Los Angeles.
Wagner has also made appearances in the Cypress Hill music video "Amanda America" with Pit Bull and Marc Anthony. Outside the studio, Wagner headed the DARE contest for numerous schools in California, and the winner (Brandon Archer) recorded a CD at the Wava Flow studios.