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Shani Gonzales Named Head of International, EVP of U.S., A&R for Warner Chappell Music

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  • October 21, 2019
    Shani Gonzales Named Head of International, EVP of U.S., A&R for Warner Chappell Music

    Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has announced the appointment of music industry veteran Shani Gonzales as Head of International, Executive Vice President of U.S., A&R. Based in New York, she will report to WCM Co-Chair & CEO Guy Moot. Gonzales was most recently Co-Head of A&R at BMG U.S. and U.K., following stints at Epic Records and Def Jam. This new post marks the return to Warner Chappell for Gonzales, who was a member of the company’s A&R team from 2004 to 2008.

    While at BMG, Gonzales was included in Billboard’s prestigious 2016 A&R Power Players list. In the course of her career, Gonzales has been responsible for signing and developing a string of hit songwriters and producers, among them Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna), Labrinth, Saint JHN, Poo Bear, Nic Nac (Chris Brown, DJ Khaled), WondaGurl (Travis Scott, Rihanna, Drake), Melo-X, Claude Kelly, and Nate Cyphert, who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s No. 1, 5X platinum “H.O.L.Y.”

    In her new role at Warner Chappell, Gonzales will nurture collaboration between the company’s global A&R teams, fostering the crossover of songwriters into new markets, and promoting the company’s international culture to prospective WCM artists. She will also work closely with Ryan Press, WCM President, A&R, U.S., and his team to bring new songwriters into the fold. In addition, Gonzales will serve in an A&R capacity at Atlantic Records, signing and developing artists, while facilitating joint efforts between the two WMG companies.

    “As music increasingly crosses international borders, the appointment of Shani to this newly minted role will further our long-term strategy of expanding global opportunities for our songwriters,” said Moot. “Shani has signed and developed some of the most important and successful songwriters of our generation, and her extraordinary ability to connect creatives around the world will make her an invaluable asset as we continue to strengthen our global team.”

    “Shani’s one of the most talented and well-respected A&R people in the business,” said Ryan Press, President of A&R, U.S., Warner Chappell Music. “She’s fiercely devoted to seeing her songwriters’ careers thrive, and I’m looking forward to working closely with her to create unique and impactful opportunities for our U.S. roster abroad.”

    “I couldn’t be more excited to return home to Warner Chappell Music,” said Gonzales. “With Guy and Carianne leading the charge, the vibe is fantastic, and it feels great to be working with such amazing people who share my passion for songwriters and the art of the song. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the WCM family across the globe, as well as with Ryan and his crew in the U.S. I’m also very happy to be joining the Atlantic A&R squad, and to have the opportunity to work with Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald, and their brilliant team.”

    Gonzales began her music career in the international department at BMI, after graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia.

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on October 21, 2019 - 4:35pm

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has announced the appointment of music industry veteran Shani Gonzales as Head of International, Executive Vice President of U.S., A&R. Based in New York, she will report to WCM Co-Chair & CEO Guy Moot. Gonzales was most recently Co-Head of A&R at BMG U.S. and U.K., following stints at Epic Records and Def Jam. This new post marks the return to Warner Chappell for Gonzales, who was a member of the company’s A&R team from 2004 to 2008.

While at BMG, Gonzales was included in Billboard’s prestigious 2016 A&R Power Players list. In the course of her career, Gonzales has been responsible for signing and developing a string of hit songwriters and producers, among them Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna), Labrinth, Saint JHN, Poo Bear, Nic Nac (Chris Brown, DJ Khaled), WondaGurl (Travis Scott, Rihanna, Drake), Melo-X, Claude Kelly, and Nate Cyphert, who co-wrote Florida Georgia Line’s No. 1, 5X platinum “H.O.L.Y.”

In her new role at Warner Chappell, Gonzales will nurture collaboration between the company’s global A&R teams, fostering the crossover of songwriters into new markets, and promoting the company’s international culture to prospective WCM artists. She will also work closely with Ryan Press, WCM President, A&R, U.S., and his team to bring new songwriters into the fold. In addition, Gonzales will serve in an A&R capacity at Atlantic Records, signing and developing artists, while facilitating joint efforts between the two WMG companies.

“As music increasingly crosses international borders, the appointment of Shani to this newly minted role will further our long-term strategy of expanding global opportunities for our songwriters,” said Moot. “Shani has signed and developed some of the most important and successful songwriters of our generation, and her extraordinary ability to connect creatives around the world will make her an invaluable asset as we continue to strengthen our global team.”

“Shani’s one of the most talented and well-respected A&R people in the business,” said Ryan Press, President of A&R, U.S., Warner Chappell Music. “She’s fiercely devoted to seeing her songwriters’ careers thrive, and I’m looking forward to working closely with her to create unique and impactful opportunities for our U.S. roster abroad.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to return home to Warner Chappell Music,” said Gonzales. “With Guy and Carianne leading the charge, the vibe is fantastic, and it feels great to be working with such amazing people who share my passion for songwriters and the art of the song. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the WCM family across the globe, as well as with Ryan and his crew in the U.S. I’m also very happy to be joining the Atlantic A&R squad, and to have the opportunity to work with Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald, and their brilliant team.”

Gonzales began her music career in the international department at BMI, after graduating from Temple University in Philadelphia.