Kent Earls has been named executive VP/GM of Universal Music Publishing Group, Nashville, the company announced today, filling the void created by the departure of Pat Higdon, who had been president. Earls will report to UMPG president North America Evan Lamberg.
"Kent is one of the very best creative executives in Nashville with an exciting vision to grow and diversify our company's presence and appeal," Lamberg said in a statement.
Earls, a Nashville native, has more than 20 years of music publishing experience, according to the announcement. He previously served as senior VP of Creative for UMPG Nashville, and joined the company in 1997 as associate director of creative services.
In his new role, Earls will oversee UPMG Nashville's roster and its catalog, which includes the 1940's Folk/Blues of the Delmore Brothers; the 1950's and 1960's classics of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly; through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s with Don Williams, Waylon Jennings, the Judds, Alabama and George Strait. UMPG Nashville owns and administers many prominent catalogs including Bob McDill, Rivers Rutherford, Gary Burr, Pat Alger, Kent Robbins, Matraca Berg, Dickey Lee, Kostas, Troy Verges, Luke Laird, Marijohn Wilkin, John D.Loudermilk, Stephanie Bentley, David Lee, Craig Wiseman, Keith Urban and more.
Earls is a member of NARAS, the Country Music Association, and the Academy of Country Music and has a BS in Recording Industry Management