Keith Naftaly Named EVP/Head Of A&R At RCA Records
November 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM (PT)
KEITH NAFTALY has been promoted to EVP/Head of A&R at RCA RECORDS. NAFTALY previously held the title of SVP/A&R for the RCA/JIVE LABEL GROUP. In this expanded role, NAFTALY will now oversee the pop and pop/urban A&R staff and will be integrally involved in all RCA releases. In addition, he will continue to handle A&R for specific artists on the label's roster including KELLY CLARKSON, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, STERLING SIMMS, ELLE KING, IMOGEN HEAP, FANTASIA, HOT CHELLE RAE, among many others.
NAFTALY's team consists of J GRAND (SVP/A&R and Marketing), SHAWN HOLIDAY (SVP/A&R, West Coast), WAYNE WILLIAMS (SVP/A&R), MR. MORGAN (VP/A&R), TREVOR JERIDEAU (VP/A&R) and ADONIS SUTHERLIN (Sr. Dir./A&R). NAFTALY will continue to report to RCA RECORDS CEO PETER EDGE, and will remain in the company’s NEW YORK headquarters.
Prior to working on the label side, NAFTALY enjoyed a successful career in radio, first at KMEL/SAN FRANCISCO, followed by KKBT (THE BEAT)/LOS ANGELES.
EDGE comments, "KEITH is one of the most gifted people I have had the pleasure to work with in music. His instincts and experience in record making and identifying those elusive elements that make a hit are the best. His passion for music is matched by his ability to be a creative partner and mentor for those he works with."
NAFTALY said, "I feel incredibly blessed to be working with the most mind-blowingly genius and diverse roster of artists in the music industry. We're at the dawn of a brand new era at RCA and I'm thrilled and proud to be at the center of its creative pulse. I'd like to salute the astonishingly talented PETER EDGE for his trailblazing style of leadership and thank him from my extremely full heart for this kickass opportunity."