#GirlThatsMySong IT GIRL: MUSIC EXECUTIVE PHILLANA WILLIAMS
The entertainment industry is full of dynamic, intelligent, and inspiring women.
GirlThatsMySong.com wants to celebrate those women because they’re truly IT Girls. In a sea of Instagram models and fake boutique owners, we need some new women to aspire to be more like. Phillana Williams is a fearless, respected, and inspiring music executive with years of experience under her belt. Her name rings bells in the music world because this woman has worked with everyone from Ciara to Miguel and wore numerous hats. When you hold the title of VP of Marketing at Bad Boy Records and Artista Records you know you’re a BOSS!
Lets get to know Phillana Williams below.
What is your motto?
No One Can Stop You But You
Your favorite song at the moment?
Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop The Feeling“
How do you like your music served? ie. Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, or CDs
Apple Music; I still love owning my music and I can change devices and still have my music library.
Tell us about your favorite song of all time, where you heard it, what you were doing and why it’s your favorite song or how it changed your life?
I’m going with Des’ree‘s “You Gotta Be.” I was sitting in my mom car getting ready for track practice. I just broke up with my boyfriend and I really needed to focus the upcoming meet.
How does music play a part in your everyday life?
I wake up listening to music and I use it throughout the day to motivate me and my kids. It really helps me focus; It’s very integral in my life.
What made you choose your current occupation?
I fell in love with music at a young age. Started off as an artist, transitioned into radio after college and then started working at record label. Then got into being an artist manager. I’m blessed to have always done what I love.
What’s your typical mood at work & what does your work music playlist look like?
My mood at work is executing and thinking out the box. My playlist varies depending on the project I’m working on. Sometimes it may consist of listening to only the project I’m working at the moment.
Best job experience and why?
My first label job at LaFace Records in Atlanta. I found myself in that job; the stars aligned and I knew this is what I was meant to do. LA Reid allowed me the freedom to find myself and ultimately be great.
What woman in your field do you admire?
Sylvia Rhone; she’s built to last. That woman is true triple threat: Intelligent, Beautiful, and a Mother
How do you feel about the state of the music?
We’re figuring it out and will continue to figure it out.
What has been the highlight or favorite moment of your career thus far?
I’m going with Grammy’s 2004 when Outkast won Album of The Year and
Usher won R&B Album of The Year. I headed Marketing for both projects, so I was very proud.
Song that made you know you were in love?
Let’s go with Bobby Brown’s “Roni.” I was a good girl in love with the star running back on my high school football team. He was somewhat of a bad boy. But we meshed and he romanced me and treated me like a princess. I fell for him hard.
Song you get rachet to?
Khia – My Neck, My Back
Song you love to do car karoake to?
Madonna – “Borderline”
Last Words or Advice to our audience…
Be Uniquely You…Being Any Other Way Will Work Out To Your Disadvantage In The Long Run