Derek Wells has been promoted to Vice President, A&R/Production at Spirit Music Nashville. The company has also extended its partnership with Wells’ 2 Mix Music.
A native of Nashville, Wells is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and publisher. He is credited on over 100 No. 1 singles for the likes of Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen, Shakira, Kenny Chesney, Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood, P!nk, Hardy, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady A, Dolly Parton, and Thomas Rhett.
In 2016, Wells was the youngest person in history to win the ACM Guitar Player of the Year award, and also the youngest to be nominated for the CMA Musician of the Year Award. In 2018, he was named MusicRow Magazine’s Guitar Player of the year and, in 2019, he was awarded his second ACM Guitar Player of the Year honor. Wells is currently a nominee for Musician of the Year at the 56th CMA Awards.
As a producer, Wells recently celebrated his third consecutive No. 1 with Scotty McCreery, the three-week Billboard No. 1 “Damn Strait,” as well as celebrating the release of Maddie & Tae’s Through The Madness, Volume 1 and 2, Danielle Bradbery’s “A Special Place” and the newest single from Hardy, “Wait In The Truck” featuring Lainey Wilson.
“Derek Wells has been an integral part of Spirit Music’s success the last few years,” says Chief Creative Officer, Spirit Music Group/CCO, Spirit Music Nashville, Frank Rogers. “Derek is an amazing musician, producer, publisher, friend and mentor to our staff and writers. I am thrilled to promote him to Vice President A&R/Production and to continue our partnership with 2 Mix Music. Here we go again bro!”
“I’m excited to continue this journey with Spirit and the world class team that’s been assembled here,” adds Wells. “Every writer and staff member in our building represents the kind of person that I want to be associated with. We’ve had a great few years and I know how much excitement we all have about our future and the music being made here! Big thanks to Frank Rogers for the leadership and friendship he shows to our team day in and day out. I couldn’t ask for a better partner in crime! Most fun wins!”
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