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EMPIRE UPS AND EXPANDS
5/8/24

EMPIRE has promoted Heather Vassar to SVP of operations and Sarah Beth Gerlecz to director of business and legal affairs.

Vassar will continue to spearhead EMPIRE Nashville releases and expand the roster, which she helped grow by ten artists over the past year. Gerlecz, who’s helped expand the pub roster to include multi-genre producers James Maddocks and Yung Lan (Morgan Wallen), will remain a key dealmaker for EMPIRE Nashville’s label and publishing divisions.

Additionally, Hannah Galluzzi joins the company as director of A&R, focusing on development of artists and release strategy. She arrives at EMPIRE after six years at UMG Nashville, where she worked with Sam Hunt, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block and Jordan Davis.

The news comes on the heels of EMPIRE Nashville’s latest breakout, Shaboozey, whose “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” hit 3m streams in 24 hours and now boasts 65m+ streams globally. The rising country star was also featured on Beyoncé’s COWBOY CARTER, as was labelmate Reyna Roberts. Shaboozey’s album, WHERE I’VE BEEN, ISN’T WHERE I’M GOING, is due 5/31.

Pictured above are (l-r) Vassar, Gerlecz and Galluzzi.