In our latest roundup of Noisemakers, we present eight more rising professionals from different parts of the biz whose dedication and effort make their superiors look good.

Lucky for them, this feature—and $7.99—will get them a commemorative box of vegan Easter chocolates from a participating Whole Foods location.

Maria Gracia

Senior Director of Marketing, 4th & Broadway/Island Records

Among Gracia’s peak career moments: catching a surprise Travis Scott performance at the release event for Future’s #1 album, DS2, a shindig she produced. She’s currently lending her skills to social campaigns for Chiiild, THEY. and Emotional Oranges. The former tennis star concluded her athletic career by beating an opponent who went on to win an Olympic gold medal. In her next set, Maria will serve up new acts Young Devyn and Kid Brunswick.

Carl LeGrett
Director of A&R, Create Music Group Publishing

LeGrett is proving critical to the building of CMG’s roster, which in 2021 alone has seen credits on tracks by Pop Smoke, Lil Baby, Cardi B, Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Future and 6ix9ine. The latter artist is also in the Create stable, along with such budding producers PayHouse (Karltin Bankz and Londn Blue), who’ve worked with Rod Wave, Polo G, Lil Durk and NBA YoungBoy. Back in 2018, while helping producers monetize content on YouTube, Carl uncovered millions in unclaimed royalties. He also aids creators by schooling them in NBA2K.

Kerry Hickey

VP, Film/TV Licensing, Columbia

Hickey, who’s made her career at the intersection of music and visual media, was on the team that won SAG-AFTRA’s American Scene Award for Music & Sound Recordings for “Old Town Road (Remix)” by Lil Nas X f/Billy Ray Cyrus; she and two colleagues accepted the award on Nas’ behalf. She was also key to securing a featured placement for ROSALÍA and Billie Eilish’s “Lo Vas a Olvidar” in a special episode of HBO’s Euphoria. Expect more victory dances from Hickey, who cites ballet as a lifelong passion.

Nick Mueller

Founder/CEO, The Golden Kids Group

Since kicking off his career in the music biz at the age of 16, Mueller has launched The Golden Kids Group, a management company that represents Ant Saunders, 347aidan, TELYKast, Sky McCreery and Noah Cunane, while scoring a platinum record for Saunders’ viral hit “Yellow Hearts,” among other accomplishments. The next ace up this self-described card shark’s sleeve? FOR THE KIDS, a video series dedicated to inspiring the pursuit of dreams.

Lisa Kasha

VP, Digital Marketing and Social Media, Epic

Kasha has worked with such going concerns as the Michael Jackson Estate, Camila Cabello and Mariah Carey as well as presiding over groundbreaking campaigns for GIVEON—who just had a #5 debut—Madison Beer’s TikTok Live immersive experience and the return of Bobby Shmurda. She was crucial to promotional efforts for Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD and Fortnite Astronomical and Future’s High Off Life, the artist’s highest-debuting album. Lisa, who’s trilingual, apparently knows how to speak across generations too.

Guenael Geay

Director of International Marketing, Polydor France

Is there anything Geay can’t do? The triple threat—he’s an artist, producer and executive—was the primary driver of marketing campaigns for Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga and Black Eyed Peas in France; served as co-executive producer, alongside Martin Kierszenbaum, of Sting’s just-released Duets (which is headed for a Top 10 debut in France and the U.K.); and crashed the U.S. dance charts as Guena LG. A global creative force, Guenael loves being on the road, especially on two wheels—he’s an avid motorcyclist.

Dustin Aquino

Manager, Milk & Honey

Aquino hit the jackpot when he landed his producer client Asoteric the Drake cut “Money in the Grave” f/Rick Ross, resulting in an entirely new lineup of collaborators for Asoteric, and subsequently his first Grammy nomination for his work with Chloe x Halle. Dustin can now claim a roster whose members have worked with Lil Baby, Khalid, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jean Dawson, Bankrol and Deb Never, not to mention Milk & Honey’s top producers, writers and artists. This hot-wing connoisseur is all about the heat.

Mary Catherine Rebrovick

Senior Director, Publicity, Warner Music Nashville

Rebrovick has a gift for turning country creators into media darlings. Her PR acumen has been a key to the success of three-time 2021 Grammy nominee Ingrid Andress and Devin Dawson, who co-wrote Blake Shelton’s three-times-platinum “God’s Country,” for starters. The Nashville native has been a clutch player for WMN for more than eight years, having joined up straight out of Middle Tennessee State as an assistant before rising through the ranks. Mary Catherine got engaged, had a baby and bought a house, so going to shows will be a family affair in the future.