EMPIRE Launches Nashville Division With Eric Hurt

Eric Hurt. Photo: David Braud

Indie label, distributor and publisher EMPIRE has launched a Nashville division, with Eric Hurt as VP, A&R.

In his new role, Hurt will sign and develop new talent in Nashville, working closely with EMPIRE’s global team, and report directly to CEO/Founder Ghazi Shami at the company’s San Francisco headquarters. Hurt will continue to build buzzing country star Willie Jones. Prior to joining EMPIRE, Hurt (former Sr. Director, Creative for Black River Entertainment) was instrumental in signing Jones to Black River Publishing.

Shami said, “EMPIRE is built on culture and authenticity. As we expand into country music, we believe Eric fits our company ethos and is an integral part of Nashville’s vibrant music industry. We look forward to empowering country music singers and songwriters for years to come.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at EMPIRE,” said Hurt. “Ghazi’s forward-thinking approach to launching and supporting artists will be a great addition to the Nashville market. As we continue building Willie Jones’ career we’ll also grow and develop our roster in country with a diverse group of talent.”

Founded in 2010 by Shami, the company has been instrumental in launching the careers of artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, DRAM and Anderson. Paak. In 2019, the independent EMPIRE continues to make a major impact, with smash hits and new music from Snoop Dogg, Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Young Dolph, The Free Nationals and more.


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