Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has appointed Walter Jones as VP Creative.
Reporting to David Gray, UMPG EVP/Head of West Coast A&R, Jones will relocate to Los Angeles.
The respected exec moves across from his previous role as Sony/ATV’s Vice President of Urban A&R.
Jones’s signings to date have included Alessia Cara, G-Eazy, ASAP Rocky, Kid Ink, OT Genesis, MadeinTYO, ASAP Ferg, Pusha T, and DJ Marley Waters, co producer of Tinashe’s hit song “2 On.”
Jones has also worked closely with hitmakers DJ Camper (Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, John Legend), and August Rigo (Justin Bieber, One Direction, Chris Brown). In addition, he executive produced artist H.E.R.’s debut EP, Volume 1 (MBK/RCA).
Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO, commented: “I’m a big Walter Jones fan. I love his passion for music and his deep relationships with the artist community. I am supportive of his growth as an executive and can’t wait to see what he achieves with us at UMPG.”
In addition to his signings, Jones has put together writing sessions that have generated hit singles such as Usher’s “Climax” (Elijah Blake) and “Let Me See” (Eric Bellinger/Lundon Knighten), plus Chris Brown’s “Back to Sleep” (August Rigo).
Jody Gerson, UMPG
He also paired up hitmaking team Tiyon “TC” Mack and Tamar Braxton, as well as orchestrated Pusha T and DJ Yogi’s collaboration “Burial,” which has generated over $1 million in sync revenue.
“As an experienced A&R executive who’s well-known for his great ears and ability to spot and nurture writers, Walter Jones is going to be a fantastic addition to our global team. I’m really pleased he’s joined the company,” said David Gray.
Said Jones: “I am excited to join UMPG’s incredible team and inspired by their commitment to the roster and fostering of new talent. I look forward to this exciting new chapter, and thank Jody Gerson, Evan Lamberg and David Gray for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the company’s growth, innovation, and success.”
Prior to Sony/ATV, Jones also was an international DJ and held the position of Director of Membership (Rhythm & Soul) at ASCAP.Music Business Worldwide