Executive Turntable: Warner Music Nashville, Babygrande Records, Peermusic, Words & Music


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.



Vincent "Tuff" Morgan was named director of A&R at Peermusic by president/CEO Kathy Spanberger. The Los Angeles-based Morgan will oversee joint ventures and acts, including Salaam Remi, 1500 or Nothin, Family of the Year and R&B newcomer Teefilii.

Dave Hopper and Mary Kate Melnick were appointed vp business development and creative and director of creative licensing, respectively, for copyright administration company Words & Music by president/owner Kim McCollum-Mele. Hopper was previously at Maximum Artist Management and MAXX Music Publishing, whose roster included Brian Littrell and Natalie Grant, while Melnick was vice president at Lip Sync Music, where her clients included Daptone Records and Amanda Palmer.