Joseph Burney has been appointed VP of A&R, gospel, for Sony Urban Music. He will report to Tara Griggs-Magee, Sony Urban Music's executive VP of gospel.

Joseph Burney has been appointed VP of A&R, gospel, for Sony Urban Music. He will report to Tara Griggs-Magee, Sony Urban Music's executive VP of gospel.

New York-based Burney was previously director of A&R for Verity Records, a post he had held since 2002. During his eight years with Verity, Burney worked with such acts such as Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond and Hezekiah Walker.

A member of the Gospel Music Assn. and Stellar Award Gospel Music Academy, Burney is also the president of the Voices Of Praise, the choir of the Bible Church of Christ in Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

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