Kobalt has promoted Sam Taylor to executive vp creative, the company announced Wednesday (July 10). He has been with Kobalt since 2016, when he was hired as senior vp creative.
"Kobalt's creative team is nurturing and supporting many of the world's greatest talent — our market share and the hits speak for themselves. Sam is an important part of that success and I couldn't be prouder of him," said Kobalt Founder and CEO Willard Ahdritz in a statement. "His deep relationships and understanding of where music is going, across many genres, plays an important role in shaping many of today and tomorrow's hits."
Over the past year, Taylor has helped sign Gunna, Roddy Ricch, Jay Rock, Raphael Saadiq, Teddy Walton (Chris Brown featuring Drake – "No Guidance," Kendrick Lamar – "Love" and "King's Dead"), J White (Cardi B – "Bodak Yellow" and "I Like It"), Ben Billions, BlaqnMild (Drake – "In My Feelings" and "Nice for What"), Yung Exclusive (Drake – "God's Plan," Travis Scott – "Goosebumps"), Jahaan Sweet (A Boogie -"Look Back at It"), Al Shux (Kendrick Lamar & SZA – "All the Stars) and more.
"Sam is a true music lover. He continues to facilitate success through his trusted relationships with artist and songwriters, and his passion for their growth is reflected in his achievements," said chief creative officer Sas Metcalfe in a statement. "I am proud to have him on our global creative team and looking forward to his continued success."
Taylor added: "Music is my true, constant passion in life and it has been that way since I was a child. I've dedicated my career to facilitating the inspirations of songwriters in any way I can and Kobalt is a company that hands me the tools to do that. Being part of an extraordinary team here has been a beautiful thing, giving me the opportunity to witness great examples of leadership from Willard, Laurent, Sas, and Sue. I'm honored to continue alongside them, guiding our existing songwriters towards exciting opportunities while also attracting new and diverse talent to Kobalt, as they all create music that touches people across cultures and genres."
Taylor began his career Elektra Records in the A&R department and has since held roles at Atlantic Records, Warner/Chappell, Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing, where he signed and worked with Pharrell Willams, Schoolboy Q, Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar), FKi (Post Malone, 2 Chainz), Dahi (Childish Gambino, Vampire Weekend), Kevin Cossom (Beyonce, DJ Khaled) and Sam Dew, among others.