Australian Country Music Exec Rex Barry Dies

Australian veteran country music label executive Rex Barry died in Sydney on March 31, following a six-month battle with cancer. He was aged in his mid-50s.

Australian veteran country music label executive Rex Barry died in Sydney on March 31, following a six-month battle with cancer. He was aged in his mid-50s.

"In the past 15 years, certain key people stood out in their contribution to the rise of the contemporary country music scene in Australia, and Rex was one of them," says Rob Potts, managing director of Sydney-based Allied Artists booking agency.

A former executive at PolyGram Australia's sales and marketing division and board member of the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA), Barry joined start-up country music label ABC Music in the mid-90s as label manager.

ABC Music developed a roster of multi-platinum acts as Lee Kernaghan and Gina Jeffreys. Barry went on to become GM of the label, signing hit acts Adam Harvey and Catherine Britt. After the post was made redundant two-and-a-half years ago, he worked as a booking agent at Allied Artists' country music division.
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