Pepé Willie (President, Pepé Music Inc.) started the Reo Deo label in 2003 in partnership with Marcy Ingvoldstad and Kristie Lazenberry. Pepé brings a wealth of experience and skills in production and artist development their current artist roster. His resources include a mix of seasoned and budding producers, songwriters and most notably, Matt “Dr.” Fink for the final mix.
Pepé Willie has owned and operated Pepé Music Inc. in the Minneapolis area since 1975 and is well respected for his work. Pepé accumulated a great deal of business knowledge before moving to Minneapolis. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and learned the business from working with his Uncle Clarence Collin’s group, Little Anthony and the Imperials (2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees), as well as, all the other popular groups of that era who performed at the Brooklyn Fox and Paramount Theaters. Pepé has worked with many artists since 1975, most notably Prince, André Cymone, Matt “Dr.” Fink, Morris Day, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Colonel Abrams. (He was Prince and André Cymone’s first producer.) Pepé was inducted into the Minnesota Black Musicians Hall of Fame in 1988 for his pivotal role in the development of the Minneapolis Music Scene. Pepé Willie has an extensive history in cultivating fresh, raw talent and teaching the business of music.