A degreed vocalist who is a storyteller, vocalist and entrepreneur. A classics and jazz singer along with being a label executive, has worked for Polygram, Motown, Capitol and Warner Music. Experience on both the creative and business sides of music makes TJ a unicorn!
“It starts with the music…but ends with the sale.”
T.J. Miller, a storyteller who tells dynamic stories through music, marketing, blogs, voice overs, books, and more, is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. TJ began singing in school and church as early as 2nd grade and since then music has been the center of his life. He thrived in the arts and continued in various forms from elementary to the present. After graduating from Grambling and Tennessee State, TJ along with colleagues decided to run and operate their own record label called K2 Records, one of the first Hip Hop labels in Nashville. This entry into the music business was the trajectory that catapulted TJ’s major record label career. PolyGram Group Distribution was TJ’s first major stop. There, he successfully juggled many hit records from iconic labels Def Jam, Motown, Island, Atlantic and others. TJ was fast-tracked into the Vice President's position where he led sales and marketing staff, made stars of developing artists and maintained relationships with high-powered managers and executives.
“The highlight of my career was working with platinum acts like Brian McKnight, Brandy, Missy Elliott, DMX, Rachelle Ferrell, Dave Koz, Shirley Caesar, Dru Hill, Red Man, and Method Man just to name a few.”
30 exciting years in the record business has made TJ a creative content producing entrepreneur executive that remains relevant. Going back to school for an MBA has given TJ the wisdom to stay on top of his game in the fast paced social media run music business. As a storyteller, TJ has written an independent film, a novel, placed music in film and currently writes a weekly blog targeting the DIY musician.
In 2018, TJ formed Unda The Hat Media Entertainment in Dallas, Texas. Unda The Hat is a brand marketing and label services company that helps artists and media companies brand themselves, find their audience, and propel their social media status to higher heights. TJ has big plans for Unda The Hat, however for now the focus is on giving his current clients great customer service.
Unda The Hat's mission is to brand artists, tell their story, find their audience, advocate for their music and help further their mission and message. The Company motto is "It starts with the music....but ends with the sale."
The primary goal for Unda The Hat is to fill the needs of artists that are releasing product through digital distribution. These needs include branding prior to the release of that product, navigating the digital distribution process, and marketing to consumers and fans once that product has been released.