Caren Seidle - General Manager
Sports fan, equestrian, and business guru Caren Seidle serves as Centricity’s general manager, overseeing day-to-day operations for the label, monitoring industry trends, and helping develop strategy for the company. She’s also the CFO of Centricity’s parent company, Acorn Ventures, a role she came to with extensive banking and corporate finance experience. Caren, who lives in Philadelphia, spends her time accruing air miles, riding horses, playing golf, and trying to make it home to spend some time with her husband, Chip.
John Mays - Vice President of A&R
John Mays, VP of A&R for Centricity, is one of Christian music’s most respected executives, having worked in A&R at Word, Sparrow, and Star Song Records before serving as president of Benson Records. Over his 35-year career, Mays discovered and signed Point Of Grace, Scott Krippayne, Cindy Morgan, Matt Redman, Nichole Nordeman, Warren Barfield, and the Passion worship recordings. Mays helped found Centricity Music in 2005. He began his career in music at 17 as a musician, eventually landing jobs as a bass player with several bands and many Christian music recordings during the ’80s. Along the way, he co-wrote “Love In Any Language,” a career song for Sandi Patty included in CCM’s list of 100 greatest Christian songs.
The Andrews, TX, native has been married to Dianne for 36 years and continues to brag on his two kids, Kelsey and John Austin.
When asked about his life philosophy, John says, “There aren’t too many problems that can’t be helped by a Mac computer, some Mexican food, or a trip to Texas.”
Steve Ford - Vice President of Marketing
Steve Ford started as an engineer at LA’s famed Mama Jo’s studio before crossing over to the dark side: marketing. After a stint in artist development and A&R at Sparrow working with Steven Curtis Chapman, BeBe & CeCe Winans, and Out of the Gray, Ford moved onto Star Song and later Myrrh, marketing records by Newsboys, Fernando Ortega, and Amy Grant. He served as general manager at inpop records, signing Superchic(k) and Shane & Shane; he started INO’s rock imprint SRE, where he worked with Skillet, Flyleaf, Disciple, and Decypher Down. At Centricity, Ford oversees all aspects of sales and marketing, including radio, packaging, and hair product endorsements. Ford lists racquetball and “books” as his hobbies, which occupy what free time isn’t spent discovering obscuro new music.
Jeff Berry - Vice President of Artist Management/Eaglemont Entertainment
Jeff Berry earned his MBA at Baylor–and took the logical next step of becoming a worship leader. After teaching for five years at Baylor, Berry departed to lead worship in scenic Abilene, Texas, at an interdenominational Bible study that grew from a hundred students to over a thousand. He developed an interest in artist management out of that experience, and after running a studio and his own management company, he migrated to Tennessee, where he serves as Centricity’s vp of artist management. Jeff is ‘most likely to be listening to conservative talk radio’ at any given moment in the Centricity offices.
For more information on Eaglemont Entertainment, please visit www.eaglemontentertainment.com
Steve Rice - Vice President of Publishing
Rice is a 25-year veteran of the Christian music industry, having served in senior management roles at Integrity Music, EMI CMG Publishing, BMG/Universal Publishing, Maranatha! Music, and Brentwood-Benson Music. He’s viewed as one of the top “song men” in Nashville and was namedPublisher of the Year by both ASCAP and BMI. Rice has worked with some of the biggest names in Christian music including; Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, Steven Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, Third Day, and Israel Houghton. While at EMI CMG, Rice developed the highly successful Worship Together brand and worshiptogether.com, and expanded their copyrights in TV, film and gaming. Signing with Centricity Music Publishing brings Rice full circle, as during his time at Brentwood-Benson Music he helped launch the Dove Award winning artist/songwriter, Aaron Shust, who signed with Centricity Music last year. Rice lives in Nashville with his family.
Jennifer Allen - Director of National Promotion
By day, Jennifer Allen is Centricity’s mild mannered director of national promotions, helping our artists’ singles get heard on the radio. By night, Jen is a guitar-slinging blues and rock singer, playing regularly around Nashville. Her musical influences cover a lot of ground, from Stevie Ray Vaughn and Led Zeppelin to Diana Krall and classic jazz artists you’d know by one name: Monk, Coltrane, Miles, and Ella. The east Tennessee native came to Centricity with 10 years of industry experience accumulated in promotions at EMI and INO. Her favorite quote is from Judy Garland: “It is better to be a first-class version of yourself than a second-class version of someone else.”
Kris Love - Director of National Promotion
Kris hails from Knoxville, TN in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. He spent the first 30 years of his life there working in Christian retail, Christian radio, and independent radio promotion before moving to Middle Tennessee to join the Centricity team. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005 with a degree in Broadcasting. He remains a gigantic fan of the Vols today; he wears that bright orange weekly in the fall and actually makes it look good (or at least he thinks so).
His favorite authors include Brennan Manning, Donald Miller and John Eldredge, and he will be happy to talk pop culture with you in just about any form.
He and his lovely wife Amanda have been married since 2009. He has a son, Garrett, who is quite possibly the cutest 6-month-old baby on planet earth (there’s rumors he could “go Gerber”). He has one Golden Retriever named Lady, who, coincidentally, is the world’s best dog.
His passion is talking with and serving radio stations every week, and connecting them with the great art Centricity artists bring them.
Dianne Mays - Office Manager
Dianne Mays hails from Detroit, but after years in Nashville, she’s successfully transformed into a Southern lady. She manages Centricity’s office in Franklin, plans and implements special events and projects, and coordinates travel for the Centricity family. Dianne started in music as a singer with the Speer Family, where she met John Mays, her husband of 31 years. After nine years in the industry, she took a break to homeschool their two children, John Austin and Kelsey, now college students at University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State, respectively. Her hobbies include gardening, indie movie watching, and Texan house-guest hosting. She is also quite proficient with a riding lawnmower.
Ben Stauffer - Finance Director
After working as an accountant for ten years in his native Pittsburgh, Ben came to Nashville in 2010 to pursue his dream of a career in the music business. He joined Centricity at that time through the Lipscomb University MBA Fellowship program, helping the staff with various business improvement projects while completing his graduate degree at night. After a brief stint performing business management duties at Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy, he returned to Centricity in December 2012 as Finance Director for the company. Ben spends his free time visiting Nashville’s rock clubs, watching his beloved Steelers and Notre Dame football teams, and reading.
Jon Sell - Manager of A&R
Jon Sell, Centricity’s manager of national promotion, started at Centricity as an intern for VP of Artist Management Jeff Berry. Upon graduation from Belmont University, he shifted into a full-time role in promotion under marketing VP Steve Ford. Like most of his colleagues at the label, Sell likes Mumford & Sons, Mutemath, and Jon Foreman; he cites The Lord of the Rings as favorite films and books, along with a recent Bonhoeffer biography. When he’s not working with radio stations, the Ohio native enjoys basketball and tennis, going to the park with Buddy the Doberman, and spending time with his wife Caitlin.
Stephen Duncan - Creative Manager
Stephen Duncan was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University. His college accolades include being the first songwriting major to graduate from Belmont and the first recipient of the ASCAP music scholarship. His first Christian music industry position was as Creative Director for Daywind Publishing, where he signed hit songwriter, Sam Tinnesz, and garnered cuts from Natalie Grant, Newsboys, Mandisa, Hawk Nelson, Nate Sallie, Hyland and others. Duncan has also toured with such artists as legendary Country Music Hall of Fame artist, Don Williams, and Christian singer/songwriters, Matthew West and Jonny Diaz. A newlywed, Duncan and his wife, Mary Elise, recently moved to Franklin, TN.
Private: Marshall Macari - Manager of National Promotion
Marshall Macari comes from the great city of Austin, TX where he was born and raised. Macari interned with Centricity Music under Steve Ford, the VP of marketing, during his senior year of college. He moved into a full time position at Centricity several months after graduating from Baylor University. Macari earned a degree in marketing with a minor in film and digital media. He enjoys camping and backpacking, photography, movies, being outside, sports.
Alyssa Kawata - Digital Marketing
Alyssa Kawata is a Texas native who graduated from Belmont University with degrees in Music Business and Dance. While attending Belmont, Alyssa learned the ropes of the music industry by interning with Centricity Music, HearItFirst.com and EMI CMG, before being named as Content Administrator for HearItFirst.com. She is taking over the role of Marketing Manager, overseeing all online marketing. In her free time, Alyssa continues to teach dance classes in the Nashville area.
Private: Jaime Smyth - Music Publishing Coordinator
Jaime Smyth is an Alabama girl who graduated from Belmont University with a Commercial Voice/Songwriting degree. After graduation she moved to northern England for 8 months to lead worship/do mission work and has recently returned to Nashville. In her spare time she loves singing and playing guitar, writing, leading worship at church, cooking, decorating, antique shopping, and watching Alabama football. Roll Tide!
Katie Moore - Graphic Designer
Katie Moore was born and raised in the fine city of Nashville, TN. She graduated from Belmont University earning her degree in Music Business. Katie spent 5 years at EMI CMG in the creative department before making her way to Centricity Music. Under hobbies, Katie lists traveling, reading history books and making bandanas for her cat. P.S. ask her about her Adele story, it’s pretty fantastic.
Joanna Dee - Graphic + Web Designer
Joanna Dee, grew up in Murfreesboro, TN were she now currently resides with her husband and sweet dog. She attended and graduated from O’More College of Design with a degree in visual communications. Joanna describes herself as an old soul having interest in the life of Audrey Hepburn, antiquing, and reading classic novels.