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BIG UPS AT UMPG

Jody Gerson's UMPG has announced the elevation of David Gray and Walter Jones to Co-Heads of A&R for the U.S. Jones will remain in Santa Monica while Gray relocates to the Big Apple.

Gray was previously EVP West Coast A&R; his career CV includes stints as artist, songwriter and TV music exec, with gigs at Zomba, David Massey's Daylight, SYCO Music and more. Jones, who arrived at the pubbery in 2017 as VP Creative, following a seven-year-plus stint at Sony/ATV; he earned a Grammy as co-producer for H.E.R.

"David and Walter are accomplished A&R executives who have helped develop some of the brightest creative talent," Gerson proclaimed. "David is a respected and experienced executive who has built tremendous success with Shawn Mendes, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Logic. Walter is an excellent leader and trusted publishing A&R for H.E.R., Quavo, Lil Baby and Metro Boomin. Together, they form a strong partnership and lead the best A&R team in the industry."

"There is more opportunity than ever before for songwriters and UMPG is honored to play a key role in supporting talent who moves culture," goes Gray's quote. "I very much look forward to the future, and am grateful to Jody for her confidence in me and her support of our team."

"I am excited to co-head UMPG’s incredible A&R team and am inspired by Jody’s commitment and mentorship to new executive talent," declared Jones. "I look forward to this exciting new chapter and thank Jody Gerson for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the company’s growth, innovation and success."

Gray is currently researching the optimal Manhattan locations to procure a cronut.

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