Warner/Chappell Ups Ryan Press to President, US A&R

Jonathan Weiner
Ryan Press

Among recent wins, Press paired the publisher's Swae Lee and Carter Lang with Post Malone for the smash “Sunflower.”

Warner/Chappell Music has elevated Ryan Press to president, A&R in the U.S., the publisher announces today (April 17).

Based out of the company's Los Angeles headquarters, Press will report jointly to Warner/Chappell's now-official co-chairman and CEO Guy Moot, and co-chairman and COO Carianne Marshall. His realm excludes Nashville.

“Songwriters are our inspiration, and serving them with integrity is at the core of everything we do," said Moot and Marshall in a release. "To that end, it’s essential that we empower our executives and develop long-term careers across our team. Over his past decade with Warner/Chappell, Ryan has been a passionate champion of many of the most original, compelling, and successful songwriters in the modern music landscape. As we enter a new era at our company, his outstanding A&R expertise, his deep understanding of songs and songwriting, and his powerful relationships throughout the creative community will make him an invaluable contributor to our successful evolution."

Since joining Warner/Chappell in 2009, Press has worked closely with the likes of RihannaRae Sremmurd, DJ Khaled, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Tayla Parx, Lil Wayne and more. You can thank him for pairing Warner/Chappell’s Swae Lee and Carter Lang with Post Malone and Louis Bellfor for the smash “Sunflower,” as well as helping female producer duo NOVA Wav contribute to several songs on The Carters’ Grammy-winning Everything Is Love.

A 2017 and 2018 alum of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players list, as well as its 40 Under 40 Power Players ranking in 2015, Press was most recently co-head, A&R at Warner/Chappell. Prior to working with the company, he founded Press Conference Management, an artist, songwriter, and producer management firm, and worked as a creative consultant at Notting Hill Music Publishing. 

“The future of this company is incredibly exciting, and I want to thank Carianne and Guy for this new opportunity," added Press. "It all starts with the songwriter, and there’s nothing more thrilling than watching a song evolve from its earliest form into music that touches people everywhere. Warner/Chappell is home to extraordinary creative talent across all genres and cultures, and it’s a privilege to help them realize their visions and build their careers. I’m looking forward to leading our incredible A&R team, as we continue to attract amazing artists, songwriters, and producers.”