Nashville, TN, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – Universal Music Group Nashville, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, has appointed Dixie Owen to Senior Director of Artist and Media Relations, it was announced today by Beverly Keel, UMG Nashville’s Senior Vice President of Artist and Media Relations, and to whom Ms. Owen reports.

Based in Nashville, Ms. Owen will work with artists on the rosters of Mercury and MCA Nashville, which includes Sugarland, George Strait, Vince Gill, Shania Twain, Josh Turner, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Kelley, Billy Currington, Ashton Shepherd, David Nail, Easton Corbin, Gary Allan, Laura Bell Bundy, Randy Montana, Kip Moore, and Randy Rogers Band, among others.

“We are delighted to welcome someone as talented and respected as Dixie Owen to the UMG Nashville family,” stated Ms. Keel. “She has a tremendous reputation among journalists, artists and managers alike. She understands what makes a good story, as well as the best time and way to tell that story. She has become well-known for crafting the successful publicity campaigns that help launch the careers of new artists.”

“I am extremely excited and honored to join the UMG Nashville team,” added Ms. Owen. “UMG has always been one of the most solid and well-respected labels in Nashville. I am looking forward to working with Beverly and the stellar roster of artists that this UMG team has built.”

Prior to joining UMG, Ms. Owen served as Senior Director of Media and Public Relations at Capitol Records Nashville, where she created and implemented media campaigns for such artists as Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan. Formerly, she worked as a senior publicist at CMT: Country Music Television, where she was responsible for the successful media launch of the critically-acclaimed series CMT Crossroads, as well as CMT Video Music Awards and CMT Inside Fame, among other shows. Following her graduation from Texas A&M University, Ms. Owen held a variety of publicity-related positions at Network Ink Public Relations and the Country Music Association.

About Universal Music Group Nashville

Universal Music Group Nashville is a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, the industry’s leading global music publishing operation.

Universal Music Group’s record labels include A&M/Octone, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Disa, Emarcy, Fonovisa, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Polydor Records, Show Dog–Universal Music, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal Music Latino and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, its new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.