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THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Music City
EMPIRE LAUNCHES IN NASHVILLE
9/3/19

Independent label, distributor and publisher EMPIRE has launched in Nashville with its first key hire, Eric Hurt, as Vice President of A&R. 

In his new role, Hurt will sign and develop new talent in Nashville, working closely with EMPIRE’s global team, and will report directly to CEO/Founder ​Ghazi Shami ​at their San Francisco headquarters. To start, Hurt will continue to build buzzing country star Willie Jones, who Hurt was instrumental in signing to Black River Publishing prior to his joining EMPIRE. 

In making the announcement, Shami said, “EMPIRE is built on culture and authenticity. As we expand into country music, we believe Eric fits our company ethos and is an integral part of Nashville’s vibrant music industry. We look forward to empowering country music singers and songwriters for years to come.” 

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at EMPIRE,” said Hurt. “Ghazi’s forward-thinking approach to launching and supporting artists will be a great addition to the Nashville market. As we continue building Willie Jones’ career, we’ll also grow and develop our roster in country with a diverse group of talent.”