For the past five years Gary Overton (pictured above with Trisha Yearwood) has presided over Sony Music Nashville’s operations as the label ushered in an era that was primarily focused on growing the youthful acts on the roster into stars. Music Row Magazine reports that Overton will leave the label on March 31, 2015 after a mutual agreement between the executive and Sony Music Entertainment’s managers (Doug Morris).
“Working at Sony Music has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career,” said Overton. “I will deeply miss the talented team at SMN, but I am also excited about starting the next chapter of my career. I want to thank the amazing staff for their tireless commitment to supporting our incredible artists.”
The executive spent the previous 15 years as Executive VP/GM of EMI Music Publishing and before that he served as the manager of Alan Jackson, as a head of A&R for BNA Entertainment and as a VP of Warner/Chappell Music.
No word has leaked about Overton’s replacement but the executive is likely to come from somewhere in Nashville and most-definitely will come with the approval of Garth Brooks, the recent signee to the label’s RCA Roster. As usual with Executive changes, look for some staff members at the label to also shuffle out, especially if Overton lands at another record label or publishing company, as we expect.