RON FAIR NAMED CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER/EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, VIRGIN RECORDS
THIRTY-THREE YEAR MAJOR LABELVETERAN CHARGED WITH REBUILDING ESTEEMED COMPANY
Los Angeles, CA, January 23, 2013 – Ron Fair has been named Chief Creative Officer / Executive Vice President of Virgin Records, it was announced today by Steve Barnett, Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group, to whom Fair will report. In his new position, Fair is charged with rebuilding Virgin Records across all contemporary music genres, launching its resurgence with an A&R team, helmed by Fair, and a marketing staff helmed by newly appointed general manager Ashley Burns. Promotion and other centralized functions will be handled by the core teams within Capitol Music Group. Ron Fair will be based in Hollywood, California at the company’s iconic Capitol Tower.
According to Barnett, “Ron Fair is simply one of the most accomplished music executives in our business. In addition to his consummate A&R skills, Ron is a first rate producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director who is consistently successful and acclaimed for his work. He is exactly who Virgin needs at its helm as we move forward to rebuild the label into a vibrant home for the great artists of the future”
Fair commented, “I am thrilled and humbled to work with Steve Barnett, Greg Thompson and the fabulous team he has assembled for the new Capitol Music Group. This is a once-in-a-lifetime situation – to run and rebuild Virgin Records with focus and creativity, while providing a new musical home for emerging artists with kaleidoscopic opportunities. It was my destiny to return to UMG’s family of companies. Under Steve Barnett’s wing, and alongside my new partner, Ashley Burns, the doors of the Capitol tower are open; we are listening. Thank you, Steve and Lucian.”
Ron Fair is a 33-year major-label record company veteran. Over the past decade, Fair served as Chairman, Geffen Records, and previously as President, A&M Records, prior to which he held A&R positions at RCA Records, EMI Records, Island Records, and Chrysalis Records. Most recently, he served as consultant to Irving Azoff /Front Line Management and President of Faircraft/Republic Records.
Fair is noted for discovering and shepherding Christina Aguilera to ten number-one singles, over 50 million worldwide album sales and numerous Grammy awards. As President of A&M, Fair championed the Black Eyed Peas to 27 million albums, 4 number-one singles and multiple-Grammy-wins. He supervised and produced the Pussycat Dolls on their five million-selling Grammy-nominated debut album, which yielded numerous international number-one singles.
Previously, as a senior A&R Executive at RCA Records, Fair discovered and signed Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson in the girl-trio Wild Orchid. He later re-signed Fergie, who, under Fair’s direction, joined the Black Eyed Peas. Her 5-million-selling, Grammy-nominated solo album The Duchess spawned 3 number-one singles, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Fair was co-producer of Mary J. Blige’s #1 hit “Be Without You” – its 18 weeks at number-one set the record as the longest-running top-charting R&B hit in Billboard history; winning three Grammys and selling 7 million albums. He co-produced “Lady Marmalade” (Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, Lil’ Kim), the international Grammy-winning number-one from Moulin Rouge which sold more than 3 million copies.
Fair brought England’s Snow Patrol to the US, selling a million-plus on the number-one hit “Chasing Cars.” He discovered, developed and produced triple-platinum vocalist Keyshia Cole – with 5 number-one R&B hits. He guided Vanessa Carlton to a double-platinum Grammy-nominated debut album- producing and arranging her number-one hit “A Thousand Miles.” He was executive producer of the eight-million-selling soundtrack Pretty Woman and the 5 million-selling soundtrack Reality Bites.
As a producer, arranger, musician and engineer he has worked with Queen Latifah, Zedd, Lady Gaga, U2, Counting Crows, Common, Snoop, Slayer, Macy Gray and many others. Fair is known for his orchestral string arrangements, as well as his powerful vocal productions. He has served as musical director and performed on many television shows, including The Grammy Awards, The Latin Grammys, The BET Awards, Saturday Night Live, American Idol; the Tonight Show, David Letterman; Home for the Holidays and Christmas in Washington. Fair has been a producer/mentor on both Fox’s American Idol and NBC’s The Voice.
In 2012, as President of Faircraft/Republic Records, Fair developed and released Chris Mann’s number-one Billboard “Heatseekers” debut album, Roads, as well as Mann’s exclusive Wal-Mart Christmas Album and A Mann for All Seasons – Chris Mann’s Debut PBS Special, produced by Ken Ehrlich. Another of Fair’s recent projects was signing and overseeing Il Volo – Italy’s teen-aged operatic trio. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife Stefanie Ridel, songwriter and mother to their four young children. He enjoys gardening, cooking, and dressing elegantly.