In addition to being home to some of country music’s talented artists, the Warner Music Nashville office is now a base for discovering burgeoning rock/pop talents in Music City.
Steve “Stevo” Robertson, Atlantic Senior Vice President of A&R, has relocated from his previous base in Orlando to Nashville. The long-time Atlantic A&R exec will continue to focus on the signing and development of rock and pop artists. The move comes as Atlantic continues to expand its A&R presence in music centers across the globe.
“Stevo has been an invaluable member of our A&R team for nearly two decades, consistently bringing in outstanding artists, from Shinedown to Paramore,” said Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman and Executive Vice President/Head of A&R Pete Ganbarg. “As the incredibly vibrant Nashville scene continues to diversify, Stevo’s roots in the South make him the perfect guy to be Atlantic’s eyes and ears in the city’s rich and expanding world outside of country music. Special thanks to Warner Music Nashville President and CEO John Esposito for welcoming him so warmly into his family.”
“I’m very excited about becoming inspired and stimulated by all the great music being created in this amazing city,” said Robertson. “There are so many fantastic artists, producers, and songwriters working and developing their own sounds and styles in the community, and I can’t wait to jump into it all. I, too, want to thank Espo and his terrific team for graciously allowing me to share their knowledge and work alongside them as we continue to look for the best talent to join the Atlantic team.”
Prior to joining Atlantic in 1997, Robertson spent four years as Assistant Program Director/Music Director at Orlando, Fla., radio station WJRR, the state’s first commercial Alternative station. While there, he brought several future chart-toppers to the attention of Atlantic, including Collective Soul, Seven Mary Three, and a band called Tabitha’s Secret that became known as Matchbox Twenty.
Since officially joining Atlantic, Robertson’s signings include platinum rockers Shinedown and Tennessee-based Paramore, along with emerging artists such as Meg Myers and Vinyl Theatre. His first post at the label was Director of A&R, and he was named Senior Director in 2000 and upped to Vice President in 2007. Robertson was promoted to Senior Vice President of A&R in 2010.
Robertson began his career in the mid-‘80s working at Rock station WZTA (ZETA 4) in Miami and at community Alternative station WKPX in Ft. Lauderdale.
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