Jay Landers Rejoins Columbia As SVP/A&R
November 29, 2006 at 12:35 PM (PT)
JAY LANDERS is returning to COLUMBIA RECORDS as Sr. VP/A&R. Based in LOS ANGELES, he reports to COLUMBIA Chairman STEVE BARNETT.
LANDERS joined COLUMBIA in 1985 as Dir./A&R & Soundtracks and soon rose to VP/A&R and Sr. VP/A&R, having worked on a number of projects for NEIL DIAMOND, JULIO IGLESIAS, JAMES TAYLOR and BARBRA STREISAND. He left in 1993 to become Sr. VP/A&R for EMI, then in 2000 he relocated from NEW YORK to LOS ANGELES and became Sr. VP/A&R for WALT DISNEY RECORDS.
"JAY LANDERS is one of the most versatile A&R executives in the world," said SONY MUSIC LABEL GROUP Chairman ROB STRINGER. "Over the course of three decades, he has achieved a string of commercial and artistic successes in a multitude of genres, from rock and pop and classical music to BROADWAY cast albums and motion picture soundtracks, through a series of hit recordings for a variety of artists from BARBRA STREISAND and CELINE DION to HILARY DUFF and JOSH GROBAN. Throughout the range and diversity of his A&R work, JAY continues to prove that music has the power to reach into the hearts of audiences of all ages."
BARNETT said, "It's absolutely fantastic to have JAY LANDERS back on the COLUMBIA A&R team. An A&R natural with great ears and great instincts, JAY is at home with legacy artists and teen pop stars alike because he understands how the right songs -- with the right sounds, the right production and the right mixes -- can become classics when paired with the right artist. I'm really looking forward to hearing the new projects from the established and emerging artists that JAY will be working with at COLUMBIA."
LANDERS said, "I've always thought that COLUMBIA RECORDS was the greatest label in the business, both for its unequaled history in every genre of music and its ongoing commitment to new artists. I'm grateful to have the opportunity to work with STEVE BARNETT and the incredible team that he's assembled."