A-Blake Records Hires David Newmark

David Newmark

A-Blake Records, home to flagship artist Jason Cassidy, has tapped David Newmark to serve as VP of Promotion and Acquisitions. He will work to strengthen the Texas label’s presence in Nashville, including securing and managing a radio promotion staff and signing new talent.

Newmark comes to ABR from CO5 Music where he formed and supervised a radio promo team as VP of Country Promotion. A 35-year promotion veteran, Newmark has enjoyed long tenures at major labels including Columbia, Epic, RCA and DreamWorks.

Cassidy scored a No. 1 on the Texas Regional chart with “Honky Tonk Heaven” which he followed with two Top 10’s, “What If,” and current single, “Ride of Your Life.” His next single, “Blame It On Waylon,” will be out early next year.

ABR was founded in 2011 in Deer Park, Texas by business owner Blake Barnes and entertainment attorney Daniel Sanders. They hired Dave Darus, who has worked with Melissa Etheridge, Maroon 5, Elton John and the Bee Gees, as President in August 2011.

Darus said, “We are excited and proud to have an executive of such caliber as David Newmark join our team. His relationships and expertise in the country music industry are second to none and his experience in independent promotion will be valuable as we expand into Nashville.”

Newmark added, “I look forward to growing A-Blake Records into a major independent force in Nashville. My goal is to make A-Blake the premier place for artists to have a voice in their creative and career development.”

Newmark is on the job in Nashville and can be reached at (615) 469-1756 and factor@ablakerecords.com.


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