Allen Brown, Sony Music Nashville’s senior vp of media and corporate communications, will retire on June 30. No successor to his role has been named at this time.
Brown’s music industry career has spanned over four decades and he has overseen corporate communications at Sony Music Nashville for more than 20 years; he was promoted to the senior vp role in 2017. In 1990, he was awarded the CMA Founding President’s Award.
Along the way, Brown has worked with a laundry list of country stars including George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Lynn Anderson, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Crystal Gayle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ricky Van Shelton, Exile, The O’Kanes, Dolly Parton, Shenandoah, Joe Diffie, Doug Stone, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Diamond Rio, Brad Paisley, Alabama, Sara Evans, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Mitchell Tenpenny and more. His career also included time managing The Tractors and Stacy Dean Campbell.
“How does one put into words a friendship that began for us while attending Belmont University so many years ago. It’s a remarkable thing and that’s probably one of the best words to describe Allen. Remarkable. As a friend, a colleague, a team member, a mentor and leader, Allen proved himself remarkable in all those regards,” Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Randy Goodman told Billboard.
Brown announced his retirement during a recent dinner with his Sony colleagues at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s rotunda.
“It was a full circle moment for me since I was a Hall of Fame tour guide and also a Belmont [University] intern for CBS Records Nashville (later renamed Sony Music Nashville) when I was 21,” Brown said in a statement. “I worked for CBS Records and Sony Music Nashville or directly with artists who were signed to these label groups for over 38 years. In fact, I have had the pleasure of working with 18 of the artists inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. But as I said to my label family, the superstars in the rotunda I am most proud of working alongside of are my fellow team members.”
He added, “I could spend all my remaining time after retirement thanking everyone who has helped, encouraged, mentored and been there for me these past several years. I am so blessed to have worked with and known you.”
The current Sony Music Nashville roster includes Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Willie Jones, Kat & Alex, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Morgan Wade and Chris Young.Brown plans to stay in Nashville following his retirement.