Mike Flynn is an A&R triple threat: a producer, executive and former artist. "My background allows me to be very hands-on with the creative process," he says. "It's great to be able to speak the same language as [my artists]. That's the most fulfilling part of my job."
The 36-year-old first came to Epic in 1998 as a member of the now-defunct band Old Pike, then serving as a staff producer before joining the A&R team. He produced the debut and sophomore albums by his first signing, the Fray -- including the band's breakthrough 2005 single, "How to Save a Life," which sold more than 4.1 million copies and helped push the album of the same name to 2.6 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Elevated to his current role in March, Flynn's primary focus is now on U.K. "X Factor" contestant Cher Lloyd. He's producing new songs for the U.S. version of her debut album, slated for a September release. "[Flynn has] brought the A&R producer to the forefront of the company," Epic head of publicity Lauren Ceradini says. "He has the unique ability to guide the creative process in order to get results. He's not just waiting to have the next great song come across his desk."