BMG Promotes Andrew Gould, Shani Gonzales To Co-Heads Of A&R
December 15, 2016 at 9:32 AM (PT)
BMG has promoted ANDREW GOULD and SHANI GONZALES to co-heads of A&R Frontline Publishing U.S., based in LOS ANGELES and reporting to EVP Frontline Publishing U.S. THOMAS SCHERER.
GONZALES joined BMG in FEBRUARY 2014, signing or working closely with BIB BOURELLY (RIHANNA’s "Bitch Better Have My Money"), NATE CYPHERT (FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s ‘H.O.L.Y.’), MELO-X (BEYONCE’s ‘Sorry’), LABRINTH and POO BEAR (JUSTIN BIEBER collaborator). Prior to BMG, GONZALES worked for LA REID at both EPIC RECORDS and DEF JAM. At EPIC, she signed TRAVIS SCOTT, and at DEF JAM, she co-A&R’d multiple JUSTIN BIEBER albums. At WARNER/CHAPPELL, GONZALES signed CLAUDE KELLY (BRITNEY SPEARS' ‘Circus’, KELLY CLARKSON’s ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’) and WYNTER GORDON.
GOULD started at BMG in AUGUST 2012 and has signed artists such as ANDRA DAY, working with her on the hit single, "Rise Up," which has been nominated for R&B Album Of The Year and R&B Vocal Performance Of The Year GRAMMYS this year. GOULD has also worked closely with songwriters such as JAKE SINCLAIR (5 SECONDS OF SUMMER’s ‘She Looks So Perfect’), JASON EVIGAN (DEMI LOVATO’s ‘Heart Attack’), THE MONSTERS & STRANGERZ (NICK JONAS' ‘Levels’) as well as artists JON BELLION, MSTR ROGERS and MAX FROST. Prior to BMG, GOULD worked at EMI MUSIC PUBLISHING, where he was an early champion of SIA, and worked closely with SAVAN KOTECHA (ARIANA GRANDE and USHER), JIM JONSIN (LIL WAYNE’s ‘LollIpop’), and TOBY GAD (BEYONCE's ‘If I Were a Boy’). Prior to EMI, GOULD worked in the A&R department at EPIC RECORDS, assisting in the making of the label’s priority pop projects.
BMG US President, Repertoire/Marketing ZACH KATZ said, "SHANI and ANDREW have been an integral part of BMG’s growing success over the past four years I am proud to see them ascend to this new position and believe their work, together with the rest of our team, will continue leading BMG and our writers to their greatest heights."
SCHERER added, "Our newly named co-heads will play a key role in inspiring BMG's writers to focus on creating chart-topping songs, expanding our front-line roster and ensuring that BMG consistently has hits in the U.S. and EUROPE. SHARI and ANDREW are incredibly talented visionaries with a deep understanding of the magical creative process on a global scale. Each expresses an extraordinary devotion for songs, songwriters, producers and artists.”