Exec worked with Womack, Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn

Sony Music’s Nashville division has tapped former MCA Nashville/Mercury exec Mark Wright as executive vice president of A&R, reporting to division president John Grady.

Exec will work with Grady to develop the overall creative strategy of the unit, including both A&R and artist development.

“I have known Mark for a long time,” said Grady. “Whether it’s as a songwriter, A&R man, arranger or a producer, I’ve always found him to be one of the most talented people in country music.”

Wright arrives at Sony from MCA Nashville/Mercury Records, where he was exec VP of A&R and an inhouse producer for the labels. Exec worked with the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and Brooks & Dunn.

He got his start as a songwriter in the 1970s and ’80s, writing for such stars as Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers. Wright later joined RCA as an A&R man/talent manager, co-producing Clint Black’s debut album, before moving to MCA in 1994.

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