Troy Blakely was an American talent agent and the head of the Concert Department for the Agency for the Performing Arts.
He was born on December 18, 1949, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Blakely was raised in Southgate, Michigan.
During his teens, Troy played guitar with many local bands.
In 1969, Blakeley became the tour manager for the rock and soul band from Detroit, ”Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels.”
In 1970, Troy moved to NYC to work as Assistant Tour Manager for blues singer and guitarist Johnny Winter.
In 1972, Blakely joined DMA (Diversified Management Agency) as an agent.
While at Diversified Management Agency, he represented artists such as Scorpions, Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Bob Seger, Tim Buckley, Iggy and the Stooges, Blackfoot, MC5, The Raspberries, Nazareth, Lighthouse, Birtha, Canned Heat, and Golden Earring.
In September 1981, Troy moved to International Creative Management (ICM). While at International Creative Management, he worked with:
- Iron Maiden;
- Ozzy Osbourne;
- Red Hot Chili Peppers;
- The Black Crowes;
- Faith No More;
- Kings X;
- Alice in Chains.
In 1994, Blakely joined APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) as the Head of Music. In 2002, Troy was promoted to partner and to managing partner in 2005.
While at the Agency for the Performing Arts, he worked with – Lita Ford, Robert Plant, Sebastian Bach, Fleetwood Mac, Dokken, singer-songwriter Sammy Hagar, Cinderella, Heart, Ratt, The Go-Go’s, Black Label Society, Lenny Kravitz, Zakk Wylde, Whitesnake, and Judas Priest.
In 2009, Blakely appeared on the TV series documentary ”E! True Hollywood Story.”
He received the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award on November 18, 2010.
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In December 2015, Troy Blakely married Kelly Blakely at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, MA.
On August 1, 2018, it was reported that Kelly was appointed the new Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at apparel personalization software startup vPersonalize, Inc.
”I am fortunate to be joining such a dynamic and well-respected company on the cutting-edge of the fashion technology space,” Kelly stated at the time.
”She is an incredibly valuable addition to vPersonalize as we continue to drive growth strategy and innovation,” said Bala Selvarajan, Co-founder and CEO of vPersonalize.
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Blakely died on February 10, 2018, due to pneumonia.
He was 68.
He is survived by his wife Kelly Blakely, son Troy (Erin) Blakely, grandson, Sam, siblings, and parents Grace and Albert Blakely.
In 1994, Troy was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer that begins in the squamous cells. In 2016, Blakely was declared cancer-free.
”We are devastated by the loss and are asking for privacy as we, along with his many friends and clients, grieve the loss of Troy,” Kelly declared.
”We will be forever grateful for the numerous contributions he made to the success of our company over the past 25 years,” said Jim Gosnell, President and CEO of the Agency for the Performing Arts. Jim also said: ”He will be dearly missed.”
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Troy Blakely – Net Worth
Blakely earned most of his wealth from serving as the head of music and managing partner at APA. In addition, Troy also worked at Diversified Management Agency (DMA) and International Creative Management (ICM).
Therefore, at the time of his death, Troy Blakely had an estimated net worth of $10 million.
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