Warner/Chappell Music senior VP of A&R Greg Sowders has been promoted and will now be the head of A&R in the U.S. for the company. Based in Los Angeles, Sowders will continue to report to Warner/Chappell president and U.S. Chairman and CEO Scott Francis.
In his new role, Sowders’ expanded responsibilities will include overseeing all of Warner/Chappell’s A&R departments in Los Angeles and New York, excluding the urban department which will continue to report to senior VP of A&R Chris Hick, who will continue to report to Frances and Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Dave Johnson. Sowders and Hicks will work closely together.
Sowders began his music industry career as the drummer for the Long Ryders back in 1982 and joined Warner/Chappell in 1991 as manager of film & TV.
Subsequently, he moved into the A&R department where he served as director of A&R, working with artists including Green Day, Nickelback, Paramore, The Black Crowes, Lucinda Williams, Staind, Rufus Wainwright, and Disturbed among others.
Prior to joining Warner/Chappell, Sowders served as the assistant to the head of the BMI film and TV department. In this capacity, he worked with film composers and their catalogs in the collection and payment of their performing rights royalties.
In making the appointment, Francis said in a statement, “Greg’s 17 years at Warner/Chappell have been truly special. A former drummer in an accomplished band, he came to the company and worked his way up through the film and television and A&R departments. He is a true music publisher, and has been instrumental in identifying and developing our roster of songwriters.”