Exec handled Chesney, Evans, McBride.

Sony BMG Nashville senior VP of A&R Renee Bell rises to the position of executive VP for the company. As part of the promotion, Bell adds A&R oversight for Columbia Nashville, which had previously been handled by Mark Wright. As previously reported, Wright is exiting the company to become president of Universal South Records.

Bell, who already oversees A&R for RCA Nashville, Arista Nashville and BNA Records, continues to report directly to Sony BMG Nashville chairman Joe Galante.

"Some people get the 'artist' part of the job correct, but forget about the 'repertoire,'" Galante said of Bell in a prepared statement. "She gets them both right."

During her tenure, Bell has been actively involved in the signings and/or career development of such artists as Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Keith Anderson and Carrie Underwood, among others.

Bell began her music career with MCA Records in its Atlanta distribution branch in 1984. She came to Nashville two years later to work with label executive and producer Tony Brown and was soon elevated to director of A&R for the label. While in this capacity, she, along with Brown, was responsible for the entire MCA roster, including George Strait, Reba McEntire, Wynonna Judd, Mark Chesnutt, the Mavericks and George Jones.

In 1993, Bell moved to Capitol Nashville to head up the label’s A&R department. Two years later she joined the RCA Label Group - Nashville, which became Sony BMG Nashville in April 2006.

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