Steve Ralbovsky Joins Columbia As SVP
October 13, 2006 at 7:59 AM (PT)
STEVE RALBOVSKY has been named SVP/A&R of COLUMBIA RECORDS and will oversee and direct CANVASBACK MUSIC, a new label imprint for which he will discover, sign and develop new artists and projects. He will also provide A&R direction for select artists and projects on the COLUMBIA roster.
RALBOVSKY was most recently SVP/A&R for RCA RECORDS, where, from 1999 to the present, he signed and nurtured the careers of DAVID GRAY, THE STROKES, KINGS OF LEON, MY MORNING JACKET and RAY LAMONTAGNE, among others. The appointment marks a return to COLUMBIA for RALBOVSKY, who worked in A&R there from 1984-87. Based in NEW YORK CITY, RALBOVSKY reports to SONY MUSIC LABEL GROUP Chairman ROB STRINGER and COLUMBIA Chairman STEVE BARNETT.
"STEVE RALBOVSKY has worked with some of the most influential and extraordinary artists of the past 30 years and comes to COLUMBIA RECORDS with a virtually unbroken track record of successes," said STRINGER. "He's got a great ear for music and knows how to align artists' goals with the demands of the market and the taste of the public. STEVE genuinely understands why music is so important to all of us. I am very pleased to have STEVE and his new label on-board as an integral part of the SONY MUSIC LABEL GROUP."
BARNETT said, "I take great pleasure in welcoming STEVE RALBOVSKY back to COLUMBIA RECORDS. Over the course of his career, STEVE's been responsible for an ongoing and growing roster of commercial and artistic successes, never failing to find the artists and music that reflect the truth, and bring out the best, of our times. I look forward to working with STEVE as COLUMBIA RECORDS moves into the bold next phase of its rich and varied history."
RALBOVSKY said, "I want to thank ROB and STEVE for giving me this fantastic opportunity. I've always been enamored with the rich artistic tradition and history of COLUMBIA RECORDS, and it feels great to come back to the label to become part of that ongoing legacy."