KEVIN HALL PROMOTED TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, URBAN MUSIC, RONDOR MUSIC PUBLISHING
Los Angeles, CA, April 16, 2009 – Rondor Music Publishing has promoted Kevin Hall to Senior Vice President, Urban Music. The appointment was announced by Lance Freed, President of the company. Mr. Hall is based in Los Angeles and reports to Mr. Freed.
In this expanded role, Hall will continue to work closely with songwriters, signing new writers/artists/producers and pitching for television and film opportunities. He will also extend the reach of the Urban Music department by adding additional support staff focused on creating meaningful collaborations for Rondor writers.
While at Rondor, Hall’s signings have included James Fauntleroy, Sly Jordan, Jason Derulo, Kwame, Trak Starz, Underdog Entertainment, Bobby Valentino, Steve Russell, and DOC. His signings have received 14 BMI and 13 ASCAP Most Performed Song Awards.
“Kevin is intrinsically skilled at cultivating that most precious of all musical commodities: a great song,” said Mr. Freed. “He is an extremely talented publishing executive who always puts our songwriters and their craft first, above all else.”
Hall has been with Rondor Music Publishing since 2003 and was most recently Vice President of Urban Music for the company. Prior to Rondor, Hall worked at Music Hype, a company noted for building websites for such record labels as Atlantic, Warner Bros, Sony and Virgin. Before that, Hall was a Vice President of A&R for Island Records. He began his career in music publishing at PolyGram Music Publishing, where he served as Director of A&R, a title he concurrently held at Atlas Records.
Almo/Irving Music was founded in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss as the original domestic publishing arm of their newly-formed A&M Records. In 1966 the company, with only 200 copyrights, began to reach out for new songs and writers. Today, Rondor Music International publishes more than 80,000 titles covering all musical styles and genres.
As a measure of the company’s success, Rondor songs have captured a number of Grammy awards over the years including “From A Distance”, written by Julie Gold (1991), “Tears In Heaven”, written by Will Jennings and Eric Clapton (1993), “My Heart Will Go On” written by Will Jennings and James Horner (1998) and “Red Dirt Girl, written by Emmylou Harris (2004).
Rondor has expanded its range of titles through the acquisition of other major catalogs, including Brian Wilson’s Beach Boys Catalog, the Stax-era East Memphis Music Catalog and the Shelter Music Catalog, featuring the music of Tom Petty, Leon Russell, and Phoebe Snow. Other acquisitions include the songs of Lloyd Price, Difford and Tillbrook of the band Squeeze, Leo Sayer and major Jazz catalogs featuring the songs of Les McCann and Wayne Shorter.