Range Media Partners Adds Blaike Ford As SVP, Streaming & Artist Development
Range Media Partners has added Blaike Ford as SVP of Streaming and Artist Development. In her new role, she will spearhead DSP relationships and streaming for Range’s artist management roster and its recently announced record label in partnership with Virgin and Capitol.
She joins after over 8 years at Spotify where she started the music marketing department and led over 400 marketing programs, aimed at creating innovative experiences, content and moments in music culture. She also worked in editorial strategy; led efforts for initiatives such as Wrapped, Listen Local, Delta + Spotify and Fresh Finds; and curated playlists such as Soda, Acoustic Covers, Morning Coffee, Alone Again, Creativity Boost and tmore. She also led marketing for Hot Country, New Music Friday, Spotify Singles and Mint and ran point on initiatives such as CMA Fest, Best New Artist and Rise (now Radar).
“Blaike’s energy and excitement for music and helping artists grow their fan base paired with her unique insider understanding of the world’s biggest streaming platform make her an invaluable addition to the Range Music team,” says Matt Graham, Managing Parter at Range Media. “She will help our managers and their associated acts navigate the all-too-often complicated maze of relationships across streaming and better position our new record label to fulfill its mission of launching developing artists. The fact that she’s one of the most beloved people in music is just icing on the cake.”
“To me, Range is the epitome of what a music company should aspire to be. Range places immense value in communication, teamwork and innovation and has structured the company in a way that encourages vital growth for both the individuals and the company at large. The group of humans who make up this family are tremendously inspiring, passionate, supportive and talented—all of whom I am thrilled to surround myself with in this next chapter,” says Ford. “The tangible energy and magnetism that exists amongst the group brilliantly manifests into ideas and outcomes for our clients like I’ve never seen before. I am so honored to be a part of such a visionary company that is here to positively shake things up, transcend previously set norms and rise to the top in an unprecedented way.”
The Kinkead Entertainment Agency Signs Scott Stevens
Scott Stevens has signed with Kinkead Entertainment Agency.
His previous releases—”Neon On Ya” and “Missing You”—have both received over one million streams since their release. Stevens will be releasing new music soon with more details to come in the following weeks.
Stevens will also be heading out on a few dates with Justin Moore, including Atlanta (Oct. 21), Huntsville (Oct. 22), and Corbin, Kentucky (Oct. 23).
Janelle Arthur Joins Black Sheep
Black Sheep has added Janelle Arthur to its artist roster. She recently premiered the new video for her self-penned song “Hand Me Downs,” featuring Dolly Parton.
The American Idol finalist began performing professionally at the age of eight in Dollywood’s production of “Paradise Road,” where she portrayed a young Parton. She has traveled the U.S. and abroad performing, including multiple appearances on The Grand Ole Opry stage.
“The first time I heard Janelle’s duet ‘Hand Me Downs’ I knew she had a talent like no one I have ever heard. When I had the opportunity to see her perform live that just solidified my belief in her gift. Janelle is a superstar and we are so blessed to be sharing this journey with her,” says Susan Hobbs, CEO/Black Sheep.
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