Grammy Award-Winner David Foster Appointed Chairman Of Verve Music Group
December 15, 2011 at 10:33 AM (PT)
Expanding further into the growing adult contemporary and pop music markets, UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG) has appointed multiple GRAMMY AWARD-winning and Oscar nominated producer, songwriter, arranger, artist and creative executive DAVID FOSTER to Chairman of VERVE MUSIC GROUP. The announcement was made today by UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE, to whom he reports.
Based in LOS ANGELES, FOSTER will lead the creative operations of VERVE, with a particular focus on identifying new talent and further developing UMG's roster of adult music and pop artists.
"We are committed to expanding our A&R investment in all areas of music on a global basis, and the adult music, pop and jazz genres are very important to me," stated GRAINGE. "With artists like ANDREA BOCELLI, DIANA KRALL and JAMIE CULLUM, among many others, UMG already has one of the finest rosters in this area. With DAVID at the helm, we’re now uniquely positioned for even more dramatic growth. He is one of music's most versatile and prolific hit-makers, and one of the industry’s most gifted developers of talent."
In addition, joining FOSTER as part of his senior creative team are JAY LANDERS (SVP/A&R), JAYMES FOSTER (SVP/A&R) and producer/engineer JOCHEM VAN DER SAAG. The creative team will also include DAHLIA AMBACH CAPLIN, who currently serves as VP/A&R at VERVE MUSIC GROUP.
"JAY, JAYMES, DAHLIA and JOCHEM represent the very best in creative leadership and business management," said FOSTER. "Each possesses a wealth of experience and a real track record of success and innovation. I'm looking forward to working with them and the entire Verve team as we rapidly ramp up our operations."