David Gray Upped To EVP/Head Of West Coast A&R At UMPG
July 21, 2016 at 4:11 AM (PT)
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP (UMPG) has promoted DAVID GRAY to the role of EVP/Head of WEST COAST A&R. Based in LOS ANGELES, GRAY will report to UMPG Chairman/CEO JODY GERSON and UMPG Pres./NORTH AMERICA EVAN LAMBERG. In his elevated role, GRAY will lead the A&R team and continue to develop, nurture and sign talent. He will also direct the team’s effort to develop global opportunities for UMPG’s artists and songwriters.
With a proven track record as a hit-driven creative, GRAY has recently signed multi-platinum artists to UMPG such as SHAWN MENDES, NICK JONAS, DEMI LOVATO and JOE JONAS/DNCE. He also identified HALSEY quite early in her career.
In making the announcement, GERSON said, “DAVID is a dynamic creative executive with stellar ears, great relationships and a real gift for identifying and developing talent. He truly cares about helping our artists and songwriters achieve their greatest potential, and I’m extremely pleased to promote him to this new position."
“DAVID GRAY is the consummate A&R Exec and adds tremendous value to our songwriters. He has proven himself a solid leader and team player for our creative dept. This is a very well-deserved promotion,” said LAMBERG.
“I am very grateful to JODY and to EVAN for this new role and the opportunity to continue working closely with our A&R team to nurture and support our amazing artists and writers,” said GRAY.