Wendy Pearl Exits Sony Music Nashville

Wendy Pearl. Photo by Donn Jones Photography.

Wendy Pearl has exited Sony Music Nashville as part of a restructuring of their communication department, which resulted in the elimination of her position. Pearl, who joined the label as Vice President of Media Sept. 4, 2018, was instrumental in creating media strategies, national opportunities, and generating exposure for Sony Nashville’s emerging roster of artists, including Old Dominion, Matt Stell, and Ryan Hurd.

“Being an advocate of the artist has driven me for the last three decades,” Pearl said. “Being a journalist allows me to think about how the story develops an artist career, while sidestepping potential issues. But mostly, it allows me to give these creators the dimension and connection their music deserves. It’s been an honor to work with Randy Goodman, Ken Robold, as well as Allen Brown’s talented team. I am looking forward to finding the best way to use the things I know for the good of country music going forward. It’s an incredible time, and I feel like there are so many incredible stories ahead.”

Pearl began her career at The Miami Herald, where she was an active member the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning team for breaking news coverage. Before rejoining Sony Music Nashville, Pearl spent 17 years overseeing the Country Music Association’s communication operations. She has also led media departments for Sony Nashville, Asylum Records, and television networks, and her own hyper-focused corporate firm, consulting the Academy of Country Music, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the state of Georgia’s Music Foundation, TJ Martell, and CMA.

Pearl and her editorial team also won the prestigious Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators for CMA’s quarterly CMA Close-Up. Her passion for community outreach garnered major national exposure for the CMA Foundation and its programs supporting music education for deserving children and increased national coverage for CMA Music Fest and the annual CMA Awards.

Pearl first joined Sony Nashville’s Media & Artist Development Department in 1992, where she oversaw campaigns for the Dolly Parton/Loretta Lynn/Tammy Wynette Honky Tonk Angels project, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Waylon Jennings, and Patty Loveless. As the head of Asylum Records’ Media & Artist Development Department, she spearheaded groundbreaking campaigns for Emmylou Harris, Mandy Barnett, Guy Clark, and Bryan White, before taking on new challenge of the Communications Directorship at TNN (then The Nashville Network).

A native of South Florida, Pearl has a BA in Communications from the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

Pearl can be reached at [email protected] and at 615-969-5126.

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