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OUR TEAM

Robert D. Smith – President/CEO

Rob Smith currently holds the title of President/CEO of Royalty Records, a family run record company, founded in the early 70’s.

Rob originally joined Royalty in 1993, as the company’s then Sales & Marketing Manager. Rob then took a hiatus from Royalty in 2000 to pursue real estate and land development opportunities.  In 2006 he made a return to Royalty to take on the position of President/CEO from his father, R. Harlan Smith.

Today Rob, has grown the label from a regional to national and world wide distributor of country music. This has resulted in multi-year nominations for CCMA “Record Company Person of the Year” and multi-year CCMA for “Record Label of the Year”, multi-year CCMA for “Publishing Company of the Year” and Royalty won the award as the only country music label at the 2013 Western Music Alliance for “Independent Record Label of the Year”.

Kathryn Hummel – A & R / Marketing and Promotions

Kathryn Hummel,  has extensive knowledge in the music industry, working in and behind the scenes of prestigious artist related companies such as Canadian Music Week,  Indie Week,  FACTOR, and in 2005 launched her own Artist Management and Marketing company.

Over a decade later in the business, working with a variety of genres and providing services from producing events, promo/marketing, grant writing and artist management, Hummel Entertainment has had a hand in shaping many developing, emerging and established artists careers.

2015 marked a milestone for Hummel and the opportunity to join forces with Canada’s 2nd oldest independent label, Royalty Records presented itself, to combine services under one roof.

In early 2017 Kathryn Hummel was awarded with the Metalworks Institute “Award of Merit” and in 2012 Hummel Entertainment was nominated for a Canadian Country Music Association Award for “Management Company of the Year”.

Kathryn Hummel currently sits on the board of directors for the Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAOntario)

Chris Nielsen-Smith – Copyright/Licensing Administrator, Office Manager

Chris brings to Royalty her combined 30 years experience as a performer, recording artist and songwriter, plus her 25 years experience in all facets of accounting, office management and administration. Chris has over 20 years experience dealing with the copyright industry from a legal and contractual point of view in all areas of licensing and administration.

R. Harlan Smith – Consultant

Harlan has spent over 45 years in the music industry as a performer, writer, producer, music publisher and label owner. Throughout his career, Harlan built a solid reputation in the industry as a doer. Harlan was the driving force behind the Royalty group of music companies throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, as well as contributing his talents as a serving board member of the CCMA, Alberta Recording Industries Association and Alberta Cultural Industries Association.