Brian Wright Adds Executive VP/A&R Stripes At Universal Music Group Nashville

Universal Music Group Nashville has promoted Brian Wright to Executive Vice President of A&R for the label group which is comprised of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, Mercury Nashville and MCA Nashville.

Wright joined Universal Music Group Nashville over 17 years ago and previously served as Senior Vice President of A&R.  He will continue to oversee A&R initiatives for UMG Nashville’s artist roster. Wright was instrumental in such critically-acclaimed albums as Jamey Johnson’s Lonesome Song, Lee Ann Womack’s There’s More Where That Came From and George Strait’s Troubadour, Jon Pardi’s California Sunrise and Chris Stapleton’s Traveller as well as From A Room Vol. 1 and From A Room Vol. 2.

“We are nothing if we are not a company based on solid A&R principles,” says Mike Dungan, Chairman and CEO Universal Music Group Nashville. “From the minute I arrived at UMG it was apparent that Brian was a top-notch A&R executive and we are proud to recognize his leadership with this promotion to EVP.”

“I am blessed to work alongside the best team in the music business,” said Wright. The ability to develop talent and make records that last forever has always been a passion that drives me.  Mike, thank you for being an extraordinary mentor.  You have built a legacy on great artists, songs and most importantly people. I am humbled to be part of the best label anywhere!”



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