There is a new gold standard of how much an artist loves their manager.
In this age of high-profile break-ups – and the truism that an act is far more contractually wedded to their label than their manager – it’s nice to see.
Multi-platinum selling Demi Lovato’s career is going great guns.
As she prepares for the release of her as-yet-untitled fifth LP, she’s just launched her own label, Safehouse Records, in conjunction with UMG’s Island and fellow recording artist Nick Jonas.
“So many other managers try to become artists themselves by doing interviews or photoshoots.”
But things haven’t always seemed so positive.
In a heartfelt tribute to her manager, Phil McIntyre, Lovato has revealed she’s had some low moments due to her use of drink and drugs.
She says that McIntyre went beyond commercial motivations to get her clean and sober.
And that, unlike other leading US managers, he’s never sought public affirmation of his work in the press – something she wholeheartedly respects.
“This man not only believed in me when I was 15 and made my entire career happen, but he fought so fucking hard to get me sober,” Lovato wrote on Instagram (accompanied by the beaming pic above).
“When so many others had given up on me, he never did. He told me he cared too much about me to watch me self-destruct.
“Therefore at the very end of my drinking and using he gave me one last chance.
“Get sober and he’ll stay, or he’d have to leave. He did that out of love.
“Not out of a money hungry I-don’t-give-a-fuck-about-the-artist kind of way.
“But he cared so much that instead of being the kind of person in this industry who could care less about my well being and continued to make money while I was spiraling, he stood his ground and said “If you do this I will fight this battle with you every step of the way.”
“I knew I couldn’t let go of phil, not only as my manager but as an extremely important person in my life.”
“I knew I couldn’t let go of him not only as a manager but as an extremely important person in my life who genuinely cares about me.
“He is one of the very few people who LITERALLY saved. my. life.
“I don’t think I’d be alive without him for many different reasons.
“Before I finish…. He’ll never take the credit either yet he deserves ALL the credit IN THE WORLD.
“So many other managers out there will try to become the artists themselves by putting their name out there just as much as their artist by doing interviews or photoshoots…
“But Phil is one of the most HUMBLE and hard working people I know.
“I can’t wait for our future together Phil.
“I’m SO GRATEFUL FOR YOU!!!
“Love you SO fucking much.”Music Business Worldwide