Ever present in the background, Kevin Peck has had the kind of success in his career that most producers can only dream of. Manager of the popular group, Dru Hill from 1992 to 1996, Peck has again and again shown what it takes to possess longevity in the entertainment business.

“It’s about being the best you and letting your creativity show to the world.

Everybody doesn’t have to like it- you just need a couple of million,” said Peck, who runs the management firm with his brother, Aaron Draper.

Content handling the tiny details that make up the grand picture fans and listeners worldwide enjoy, Peck founded Entertainment Management Group (EMG), and co-founded Dragon Music Group (DMG) before starting up his own management company MPeckable, LLC in 2007.

“My main focus is to create,” said Draper, who manages the hip hop and rap clients for MPeckable, while Peck handles the company’s R&B and pop artists. Draper, who put off his dreams of working in the funeral business to follow his brother’s footsteps into the music industry, currently manages artists such as Rex Dolce of San Antonio, Texas.

Running a full artist development program, Peck and Draper include training in all aspects of the music business. “My focus is development,” said Draper, who believes that artists should know the ins and outs of the entertainment world, which is notoriously fickle. “You want to be a person who understands the marketplace because music is not the only stream of income you can get,” said Draper, who encourages his clients to become “known as businessmen and business women.”

Keeping up with the twists and turns of consumer demand, Peck and Draper have successfully implemented social media into the business to attract younger generations. A self-described “undercover techie,” Peck has used outlets such as Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter to capitalize on the latest edge in the digital revolution.

“The music industry has taken a big hit because they just haven’t been able to control piracy,” said Peck. “The key is to get on the vehicle that can get you the most exposure.”

Citing a gift to “push people to their purpose” and see the potential in artists before they can see it themselves, Peck has received global recognition for his work organizing international tours for celebrity clients and securing million dollar deals in television and film deals for artists like Sisqo.

“There are a lot of people who want to make it and there is no shortage of talent. The talent hasn’t figured out how to make their own gateway and that’s part of my goal,” said Peck, who not only manages, but produces music as well.

A Baltimore native, Peck is a descendant of the same Murphy family that has productively operated the Afro American Newspapers since 1892. After graduating from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Peck went on to earn a B.S. in marketing from Morgan State University.

Striving to make a difference in Baltimore through music, Peck has given back to the community for years by forming 410 Music, a non-profit organization that worked in grade schools and area universities.

Aside from promoting the latest from his artists, Peck now also focuses his energy on spinning the best tunes of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s from his website, urbanmusicsuite.com.

For more information on Kevin Peck please visit www.mpeckable.biz.

Alexis Taylor

AFRO Staff Writer