Longtime country music producer Scott Hendricks was promoted to executive vp A&R for Warner Music Nashville by president/CEO John Esposito. Hendricks produced Blake Shelton's 2013 Country Music Association album of the year "Based on a True Story..." Hendricks joined the label in 2007, working with such artists as Shelton and Hunter Hayes, among others. Hendricks has produced hits for acts like Brooks & Dunn, John Michael Montgomery and Alan Jackson. He earned an Emmy for his production of Hank Williams Jr.'s Monday Night Football theme. Before joining Warner Music, Hendricks worked as an independent producer. Prior to that he ran Virgin Records Nashville and Capitol Records Nashville in the 1990s. "He is responsible for some of the greatest modern country music and continues to demonstrate his ability for finding stars and producing hits," says Esposito. Adds Hendricks: "To be able to work alongside such smart people as Espo and Peter Strickland - as well as talent such as Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes - is an absolute treat."
Sean Roberts was tapped as president of Babygrande Records by label founder Chuck Wilson. The music industry vet spent 13 years at TVT Records, rising to senior director of A&R and signing Sevendust, among others. The Orchard-distributed Babygrande roster includes Wu-Tang's GZA and Freeway.