UMPG Nashville Names Terry Wakefield Senior VP/A&R: Exclusive

Terry Wakefield
Jodi Richfield

Terry Wakefield

Newly appointed Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville chairman/CEO Troy Tomlinson is beginning to build out his team. He has named Terry Wakefield senior VP, A&R for the Nashville division. 

Tomlinson, who began his new position July 1 after 17 years at Sony/ATV Nashville, brings Wakefield over from his former home where he was senior VP, creative.  Among Wakefield’s key signings were Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, Tony Lane, Michael Carter and Lainey Wilson. He also worked with Songwriter Hall of Fame inductees Bill Anderson and Bobby Braddock.

At UMPG Nashville, Wakefield will be responsible for signing and developing new songwriting talent, as well as supporting the company’s current roster of writers. He will also play a key leadership role in further strengthening UMPG Nashville’s creative division.

“Terry is the consummate professional and is widely known as an outstanding song man,” Tomlinson said in a statement. “His passion for songwriters and his personal relationships with artists will bring significant opportunities to our entire roster and creative team.”

“I have worked with Troy Tomlinson for more than 17 years and I’m thankful to be able to continue our relationship,” Wakefield said.

Wakefield began his publishing career in 1994 with Little Big Town Music which was acquired by Sony/ATV in 1998. Prior to working in publisher, he was a member of the A&R team at Arista Nashville.


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