Independent music label, distributor and publisher Empire has started a Nashville division and hired Eric Hurt as its vp A&R, the company announced Tuesday (Sept. 3).
“Empire is built on culture and authenticity,” said Empire CEO and founder Ghazi Shami in a statement. “As we expand into country music, we believe Eric fits our company ethos and is an integral part of Nashville’s vibrant music industry. We look forward to empowering country music singers and songwriters for years to come.”
Hurt, who previously served as senior director of creative at Black River Entertainment, will report directly to Shami and work closely with Empire’s global team as he signs and develops talent in Nashville. In his new role, he will continue building the career of emerging country/hip-hop singer and former U.S. X Factor contestant Willie Jones, whom Hurt was instrumental in signing to Black River Publishing last October.