Sony finds Mr. Wright

Exec new prexy of Universal South Records

Sony/BMG Nashville exec Mark Wright will take over as president of Universal South Records, replacing the label’s founders, Tim Dubois and Tony Brown.

Dubois is leaving the company to attend to family matters, and Brown has decided to focus on production work. Latter is also in discussions to continue his relationship with Universal Music Group.

Both Dubois and Brown will help Universal South during the transition period until early next year, when Wright will end his current contractual obligations to Sony/BMG Nashville. Wright will report to UMG chairman-chief exec Doug Morris and prexy-chief operating officer Zach Horowitz.

Wright’s signings include Gretchen Wilson, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Turner and Gary Allan. A songwriter, he has won more than a dozen BMI Awards for songs such as Mark Chesnutt’s “Goin’ Through The Big D,” the Oak Ridge Boys’ “Lucky Moon” and “Today My World Slipped Away,” recorded by both George Strait and Vern Gosdin. He also produced Womack chart-topper “I Hope You Dance.”

Wright began his career as a songwriter and in 1984 joined RCA Records in the A&R department. He was also senior VP at Decca Records, Nashville, and exec veep of A&R for MCA Records Nashville. In June 2003, he assumed his current position as Sony Nashville’s exec veepee of A&R.

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