Nick Barr has been appointed Vice President, A&R and Creative Strategy at Island Records.
In his new position, Barr will play a key role in signing new talent, while bringing his marketing, digital, and creative strategy to the label, it says.
Based in Los Angeles, Barr will report jointly to Imran Majid and Justin Eshak, Co-CEOs of Island Records, for A&R, and to Mike Alexander, General Manager, for digital and creative marketing.
Alexander’s appointment at Island followed the naming of Majid and Eshak as Co-CEOs in June 2021.
Barr began his music career while attending college in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2014.
While there, Barr helped develop the career of Khalid, who was then an unsigned 17-year old singer from El Paso, Texas.
He has also played a role in kickstarting the digital strategy for Lil Tjay’s track Calling My Phone, and current single, In My Head.
“Nick brings a unique skill set.”
Imran Majid, said: “Nick brings a unique skill set in identifying and nurturing talent early, while understanding key steps for breaking artists in a modern landscape.
“Nick’s ability […] makes him a prominent addition to the Island team.”
Mike Alexander, added: “Nick’s ability to create and execute global strategies for new and established artists makes him a prominent addition to the Island team.”
“I’m not only humbled by this opportunity, but also extremely excited for my next chapter with Island Records.”
Nick Barr, said: “I’m not only humbled by this opportunity, but also extremely excited for my next chapter with Island Records.
“I have had so much respect for Justin, Imran, and Mike over the years.
“I grew up on a lot of Island Records artists, many of which helped shape who I am and what music I listen to today.
“Words cannot explain how appreciative I am of Imran, Justin, and Mike.”Music Business Worldwide