Breaking: Kent Earls Exits UMPG Nashville

MusicRow has confirmed that UMPG Exec. VP/GM Kent Earls is exiting UMPG Nashville, following the appointment of Troy Tomlinson as Chairman/CEO of the division.

“The past 21+ years at UMPG Nashville have been truly incredible. I’m very proud of our many accomplishments while at the helm. We had multiple Grammy wins, Writer and Song of the Year accolades, countless No. 1 singles but the true joy was either signing, developing and furthering the careers of incredibly talented songwriters like Luke Laird, Rivers Rutherford, Chase McGill, Lori Mckenna, Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Andrew Dorff and songwriter-artists like Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Chris Young, Maren Morris, and so many more. I am also so proud of the staff we assembled in my time there—they are second to none and are the reason we achieved so many highs. I love the Nashville music industry and community and excited to see what the future holds,” Earls says.

Earls joined UMPG in 1997 and rose through the ranks. In 2012, he was promoted to lead the company’s Nashville operations.


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