Columbia Records has appointed Phylicia Fant and Shawn Holiday co-heads of urban music at the Sony Music label, it was announced Wednesday by Columbia CEO and chairman Ron Perry. Holiday previously held the role of senior vp, urban A&R at Columbia, while his new co-worker arrives from Warner Bros., where she was svp of publicity and special projects.
"Shawn and Phylicia are two of the most respected executives within the hip hop/R&B creative community," commented Perry. "Shawn's skill for finding and developing talent and Phylicia’s abilities in lifestyle, marketing, and branding will extend the reach of our hip-hop and R&B roster. The entire company joins me in congratulating Shawn and Phylicia."
Since joining Columbia in 2013, Holiday has been instrumental in the label's partnership with the Fox series Empire, having supervised several artist collaborations and tracks for the show's chart-topping album. Other highlights include working closely with Solange on her A Seat At the Table album, and signing T.I. in 2014. Prior to Columbia, he held svp roles at Interscope and RCA Records.