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Ferrera to A&R gig at U Music

Ex-Shakespears Sister member joins roster

Stephen Ferrera, who was instrumental in bringing the “American Idol” franchise to BMG’s RCA Music Group, has been appointed exec veep, A&R, for Universal Music Group’s Island and Mercury Records.

Ferrera, an original member of Shakespears Sister, will seek out, acquire and develop new talent, oversee recording projects from the creative standpoint and solicit producers and repertoire on behalf of Island and Mercury artists. Based in New York, he will report to Mercury Records president David Massey.

Since 2000, Ferrera has been senior veepee, A&R, and staff producer for RCA Music Group. He was the A&R exec on Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway,” Carrie Underwood’s “Some Hearts” and Rod Stewart’s American Songbook series.

Prior to joining RCA, Ferrera was head of A&R-staff producer at Jazz & Classics Capitol Records and head of A&R-producer at the Chrysalis Group’s U.K. record company the Echo Label.

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