Gordy’s career began in 1973 working in the Motown Records mailroom. The early years of his career were spent in various administrative and creative capacities. Then in 1979, he released an album on Motown as a member of the group, Apollo. By the 1980s, he was known professionally as Kerry Ashby to separate himself at Motown from his father. He also worked as a writer and producer for various up-and-coming artists.
In 1993, Gordy became the Vice President of two divisions for Paisley Park Records, A&R and Artist Development, (a joint venture between Time-Warner and the superstar “Prince”). He produced and co-wrote George Clinton’s comeback hit “Paint the White House Black” utilizing icons of the rap and rock community such as Platinum artists Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The following year, he orchestrated a joint venture between Prince’s N.P.G. label and Bellmark Records. This union again yielded a world wide # 1 smash single, “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.”
Gordy served as Vice President of A&R for Warner Bros. Records Black Music Division, where in 1995 the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America) awarded him with Gold records on Zapp and Roger’s “All the Greatest Hits” and Prince’s “Come” Album. His production of “I’m Looking Out For You,” was the theme song for “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol.” It was broadcast six nights a week in over 190 markets, including CBS in Los Angeles and also aired on the REAL TV Network.
He managed Rick James from 1996 until Rick died in 2004. Prior to that, in 1994, Gordy Kerry negotiated and obtained a three-act production deal with Interscope Records joint venture partner B-Rite Records. The first release from that venture (Gospel Gangstaz) enjoyed success.
He remains connected to the pulse of the culture and through this scholarship hopes to leave his footprint for others to follow
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