Jimmy Harnen Promoted to Big Machine Label Group Records President and CEO

Katie Kauss
Jimmy Harnen attends the Billboard Country Power Players event at the WestEnd Kitchen & Bar at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville on June 5, 2018.

Following last week's acquisition of Big Machine Label Group by Scooter Braun's Ithaca Holdings, on Tuesday (July 9) BMLG president and CEO Scott Borchetta announced Jimmy Harnen's promotion to BMLG Records president and CEO as part of a new longterm deal with the company. 

Harnen has been with BMLG Records for 10 years and most recently held the title of executive vp and BMLG Records president. He will continue to oversee the label's roster of artists, including Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Brett Young, Danielle Bradbery and Riley Green.

"I am so proud of what Jimmy has helped to build at the Big Machine Label Group," Borchetta said in a statement. "He and I have been breaking acts and making hits together for the better part of the last 20 years. I’m thrilled that he’s committed to continue to lead BMLG Records as he’s been an integral part of the overall success. His passion for the artists, staff, craft and leadership of BMLG Records is second to none. I also love that we continue to challenge each other every day to be the absolute best in the business. The new era has begun."

Added Harnen: "I can’t wait for everything the future brings! I truly believe there has never been a more exciting time to be in the music business and this new era for BMLG will be groundbreaking on every level. On a personal note, I could not be more thankful for everything Scott has done for me. He took a chance on a kid from Pennsylvania and gave me the opportunity to succeed."

Harnen was previously the head of Republic Nashville and before that was senior vp promotion for Capitol Nashville. He is regularly featured on Billboard's Country Power Players List and last year signed seven-time Grammy winners Lady Antebellum -- an act he helped break at Capitol in 2007 -- and discovered Riley Green, who peaked at No. 3 on Country Airplay with first single "There Was This Girl," and Brett Young, who notched his fourth Country Airplay No. 1 with "Here Tonight."


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