Sony Music Publishing Nashville has expanded its creative team with several key hires and promotions.
Kenley Flynn has been appointed as Senior Director, Creative. He has over a decade of experience in the industry and previously worked in A&R at Combustion Music. In his new role, Flynn will support the company’s roster of songwriters, sign and develop new talent, and provide new opportunities for collaborations and creative development.
Dale Bobo has been named Catalog Strategist to further support SMP Nashville’s robust catalog of country hits. Bobo, a seasoned publishing veteran, previously worked at Big Deal Music.
SMP Nashville has also promoted Dane Schmidt to Senior Director, Creative, and promoted Mya Hansen to Senior Manager, Creative.
Schmidt earned success from his work with Gabby Barrett, who he signed to SMP in 2020, and Zach Kale, who co-wrote Barrett’s record-breaking hit “I Hope.” Hansen, who has been with the company since 2020, recently signed Tate McRae alongside SVP Creative Jennifer Knoepfle and former SMP A&R Danielle Middleton.
Synnovea Halsel has also joined the team as Creative Coordinator, and Alex Albanese, who joined the company in 2019, has been promoted to Creative Coordinator.
“I’m so proud of Dane, Mya and Alex, as they’ve consistently delivered at the highest level for our songwriters and have earned these promotions,” says Josh Van Valkenburg, EVP, Creative, Sony Music Publishing Nashville. “Dale, Kenley and Synnovea have already become important additions to our tight-knit family at SMP Nashville, and the future of our team is in good hands with all six of these exceptional creatives.”
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