Curb Records announced today (Feb. 12) the appointment of Laurel Kittleson to the position of Vice President of Artist Development and A&R. Kittleson joins Curb Records from Big Machine Label Group where she most recently served as A&R Director.
In her new position, Kittleson will work closely with the A&R and publishing teams developing new artists, working with the current roster and cultivating new talent for the label. She will report to Jim Ed Norman and Ryan Dokke.
“We’re excited to have Laurel join our creative team. Her strong song sense combined with her artist relations skills and passion for music make her a perfect fit for the future of Curb Records,” comments Jim Ed Norman, CEO, Recorded Music and Publishing for Curb | Word Entertainment.
“Laurel’s experience and passion for artist development are exactly what we need at exactly the right time. With her addition to our team, we’re sending a signal to the community that Curb | Word Entertainment is a place open to all manner of creative partnerships.” adds Ryan Dokke, Senior Vice President / General Manager, Curb | Word Entertainment.
A Seattle native, Kittleson played a key role in the signing and development of 2018 ACM New Male Vocalist Brett Young and newcomer Dan Smalley. At BMLG her roster included Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Midland, Justin Moore, Ronnie Dunn, Eli Young Band, Carly Pearce, The Cadillac Three, and Danielle Bradbery. The Belmont University graduate also held creative positions at Toby Keith’s Show Dog-Universal Records and Elevation Music Publishing.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to grow my career at a company with as rich of a legacy as Curb Records. I am incredibly passionate about developing artists at all stages of their careers and I’m committed to building and developing the best talent possible with the incredible team at Curb!” adds Kittleson.
Kittleson is a MusiCares Ambassador, a voting member of CMA, ACM and a SOLID and Grammy Next alumni.
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