WMN Promotes Hendricks To Exec. VP, A&R

Scott Hendricks

Scott Hendricks

Warner Music Nashville has promoted Scott Hendricks to Exec. VP, A&R.

Hendricks will oversee the development of new talent and existing signings by helping to identify songs, songwriters and producers, as well as provide A&R resource and creative support, on behalf of WMN. Hendricks previously served as Sr. Vice President, A&R, and will continue to report to John Esposito, President & CEO, Warner Music Nashville.

“I’m honored to be named Executive Vice President of A&R at the greatest country music label on the planet,” said Hendricks. “To be able to work alongside such smart people like Espo and Peter Strickland—and of course tremendous talent like Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes, just to name two—is an absolute treat. I’m very proud of all that we’ve accomplished together and I look forward to many more years of continued success.”

“Scott Hendricks is one of the most skilled and special music men I’ve ever met. To have the pleasure of working with Scott is an honor,” said Esposito. “He is responsible for some of the greatest modern country music and continues to demonstrate his ability for finding stars and producing hits, time and time again.”

Hendricks joined Warner Music Nashville in 2007, as the head of its A&R department, coordinating the musical efforts of Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer, among others. Hendricks has been a longtime producer for Shelton, producing 11 consecutive No. 1 singles, two platinum and two gold albums.

To date, Hendricks has produced 93 Top 10 hits, with 55 of those going all the way to No. 1. He has helped 16 different artists to the top 10, and 10 of whom have reached No. 1. Hendricks has won six trophies from the Academy of Country Music and two from the Country Music Association as the producer of such hits as Brooks & Dunn’s “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” John Michael Montgomery’s “I Swear,” Alan Jackson’s “Don’t Rock The Jukebox” and Blake Shelton’s collaboration with Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone.” He also won an Emmy for his production of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Monday Night Football” theme.


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