Overton To Exit Sony Music Nashville

Gary Overton 2015

Gary Overton

Sony Music Entertainment Inc. today announced that Gary Overton will step down from his role as Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Nashville as of March 31, 2015. This is a result of a mutual agreement between Mr. Overton and SME.

“Working at Sony Music has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Overton. “I will deeply miss the talented team at SMN, but I am also excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the amazing staff for their tireless commitment to supporting our incredible artists.”

Overton arrived at Sony in 2010 after 15 years as Exec. VP /GM of EMI Music Publishing, where the company earned Publisher of the Year honors from ASCAP, BMI, and/or SESAC a total of twelve times. Prior to joining EMI, Overton was manager for Alan Jackson, and served tenures as head of A&R for BNA Entertainment and VP of Warner/Chappell Music.

Sony Music Nashville includes three Country label imprints (RCA, Columbia, Arista Nashville) and Christian music company Provident Music Group. Sony Music Nashville is home to Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney, to name a few.

A new leader for the label group has not been announced.


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