WME Adds Kevin Neal

Pictured at tonight's (May 12) TJ Martell fundraiser, the Roast of Rob Beckham (L-R): WME's Beckham, Kevin Neal, and Greg Oswald.

Pictured at tonight’s (May 12) TJ Martell fundraiser, the Roast of Rob Beckham (L-R): WME’s Beckham, Kevin Neal, and Greg Oswald

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME) has announced the addition of agent Kevin Neal, bringing several clients with him including Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford and Parmalee.

Neal joins WME as a partner after recently exiting Buddy Lee Attractions, where he served as the company’s president since 2009. The veteran agent has over 30 years of experience.

Under his leadership at BLA, the agency received the 2014 Pollstar Award for Independent Booking Agency of the Year. Additionally, Neal was named IEBA Talent Agent of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2010; and NATD Agent of the Year in 2007. He was also a 2013 NATD Honors Award Recipient.

Neal was raised in the music business as the son of legendary agent and manager Bob Neal. He joined the Neal Agency in 1981 and worked with his father, before joining Buddy Lee Attractions from 1983 to 1985 and returning in 1988.

The addition of Kevin Neal marks the continued growth of WME’s Nashville office. In 2010 WME acquired Joey Lee’s 360 Artist Agency, bringing over artists Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, and Lee Brice. Neal and Lee previously worked together at Buddy Lee Attractions when Joey Lee served as CEO of that agency.

Earlier this year, WME brought on former Paradigm agents Mike Snider, Kevin Huffman and Dan Rauter to launch a Christian Music Division in the Nashville office, bringing over artists including CeCe Winans, MercyMe, Red, and Tenth Avenue North.

WME’s Nashville office represents Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Danielle Bradbery, Charlie Worsham and many more.

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