Spirit Music Nashville has announced two changes to its administration and creative teams. Brian Bradford has been promoted to General Manager/Vice President of Administration, while Kara Jackson has been elevated to Senior Creative Director. Both report to Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville.
“I am thrilled to announce the promotions of both Brian Bradford and Kara Jackson,” Rogers shares. “Brian has been a cornerstone of Spirit Music Nashville since its inception and I am excited to watch him continue to grow and flourish in his new role. Kara has developed into a true creative rockstar and I could not be more proud and excited to watch her take the next step in her career. With Brian and Kara, the future is bright for Spirit Music Nashville and all of our songwriters.”
Previously serving as Vice President of Administration and Operations, Bradford is a Belmont University graduate with over 25 years of experience in copyright management and administration, music licensing, royalty accounting and client services. He has been with the Spirit Music Nashville catalog since he began working for Cal IV Entertainment in 1998, which Spirit Music Group acquired in 2014. Prior to Cal IV, Bradford developed his administration skills at Murrah Rich Baierle International serving several distinguished Nashville music industry clients.
“It’s an honor to take on this new role under Frank’s leadership. We have an exceptional team at Spirit that is full of experience and talent, and I am looking forward to continuing the culture and tradition of success for our amazing songwriters,” Bradford notes.
Jackson joined the Spirit Music Nashville team in 2019 as Creative Director, focusing on writer development, song-plugging and pitching the company’s catalog for creative opportunities. In her new role, her responsibilities for the company include developing and implementing creative strategy for Spirit Music Nasvhille’s roster of songwriters and producers. Jackson works closely with Spirit Music Nashville writers Dave Cohen, David Garcia, Bobby Hamrick, Andrew Jannakos, Tim Montana, and Jonathan Singleton. She was also recently named to the CMA Women’s Leadership Academy’s inaugural class.
Jackson adds, “I am so excited to continue this journey with Frank Rogers, my Spirit Music Nashville team, and our amazing songwriters. Thank you to everyone who has believed in me and trusted me with their business and their art. I look forward to elevating the success and careers of our songwriters in this next step.”
In the last year, Spirit Music Nashville has celebrated nine No. 1 singles, 10 top 10 singles and 11 top 30 songs, as well as a win for ACM Single of the Year with “I Hope You’re Happy Now” (Jonathan Singleton). The company also publishes MusicRow’s 2021 Song of the Year, “Hell of a View” (Monty Criswell), at the 33rd MusicRow Awards.
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