Catino Embraces The Future, Optimistic About The Industry
December 11, 2007 at 1:38 PM (PT)
Longtime NASHVILLE music industry Exec, BILL CATINO, most recently the EVP at UMG (UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP)/NASHVILLE, will probably be back on the scene soon. In fact, rumors are already flying about him being tapped for a couple of promising ventures.
In a statement released today (12/10), CATINO sees a bright future, although challenging as well: "The times ahead are going to be more challenging then any other time in our industry. However, I am encouraged by all the untapped territory that we have to exploit."
CATINO, as EVP at UMG, was overseeing three labels -- MCA, MERCURY and LOST HIGHWAY. He also spent 15 years at CAPITOL/NASHVILLE, originally with one of his mentors, JIMMY BOWEN. CATINO was instrumental in the careers of GARTH BROOKS, TRACE ADKINS, KEITH URBAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, SUGARLAND, JOSH TURNER and many more.
Prior to CAPITOL, CATINO was at MCA/NASHVILLE (before the UMG merger), rising from Northeast Regional to VP/Promotion. At MCA he was instrumental in the careers of great artists like REBA McENTIRE, GEORGE STRAIT and others.
BILL exited UMG on FRIDAY of last week (12/7/07) after three years with the labels. "My dedication and passion for artists and their music is only superseded by my love and devotion to my family," commented CATINO. "I am proud of my contributions to the UMG roster during the past three years. I am evaluating opportunities that will allow me to continue my dedication to the artist and the music."
CATINO began his career in 1968 working at CBS with artists like CHICAGO, PATTY LaBELLE, BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS, POCO and others. A CLEVELAND native, he hooked up with industry icon STEVE POPOVICH in 1977 to form CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL. The label had mega-success with MEATLOAF's 'Bat Outta Hell," and artists such as IAN HUNTER, SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES, RONNIE SPECTOR and others.
Contact BILL at (615) 969-8888 or email@example.com.