Madeline Nelson swore off the music industry nearly a decade ago. She had just faced a devastating personal loss and relocated to the South to start a new life for herself. She was sure that her days as music executive were over. But there was one problem: Wyclef Jean wouldn’t stop calling her. The former Fugee wanted Nelson to manage him as he prepared to relaunch his music career—and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. And really, no one could blame him for his persistence. Nelson has over 30 years of experience in the music business—from working at the Apollo Theater to managing R&B group Blackstreet to serving as senior vice president at Sony Music Entertainment. If anyone could help Wyclef, it was Nelson.
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