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Patricia Chin

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Founder, VP Records

With more than 50 years in the music business, Pat Chin has always been a champion for innovative, independent music, and has been a pioneer among women in the music industry. From the retail store and distribution business, founded with her late husband Vincent "Randy" Chin in their native Kingston, Jamaica the Chin family was present at the birth of reggae music. In 1979, the family moved their business to Jamaica, NY (the NYC's Queens borough) and adopted the moniker "VP" - for Vincent and Pat. As a woman in the male dominated world of reggae, Miss Pat (as she is affectionately known) nurtured the business and relationships with artists, producers and suppliers in Jamaica, and an ever-growing customer base. Miss Pat is the face of VP Records and continues to serve as a powerful female leader who continues to inspire her artists, customers and her community. Under her leadership, VP Records has created a reggae empire and contributed to the careers of countless artists including: Shabba Ranks, Sean Paul, Etana, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin, Beenie Man, Lady Saw and Mavado and others. With the passing of Vincent Chin in 2003, the next generations of the Chin family have assumed leadership duties of the day-to-day operations, as Miss Pat works to expand her legacy through helping others. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of VP Records in the United States, Miss Pat has collaborated with celebrated graphic artist and philanthropist Michael Thompson, establishing the VP Records Reggae Archive, a mobile exhibit of the history of reggae. Their vision is to find a permanent home for the exhibit, thus establishing a legitimate reggae museum. With her unique spirit and indefatigable energy, Pat Chin continues her musical journey.

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