Nashville, Tennessee, August 19, 2010 – Universal Group Music Nashville, the award-winning country music division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s leading music company, has expanded its promotion staff with the promotion of Joe Putnam to Vice President of National Promotion and the appointment of Michelle Tyrrell to Director of Promotion/Northeast for MCA Nashville. The announcement was made today by Royce Risser, Senior Vice President of Promotion for Universal Music Group Nashville.

In his new role, Mr. Putnam will work with both the MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville labels. Most recently, Mr. Putnam served as Senior Director of Promotion for the company. He will report directly to Mr. Risser.

Ms Tyrrell joins MCA Nashville from Lyric Street Records, where she served as Director of Regional Promotion. She will report to Van Haze, Vice President of Promotion for MCA.

“Joe has risen through the ranks to become one of the most reliable promotion execs in our company,” stated Mr. Risser. “He has become an integral go-to player at MCA, and he is always the one you depend on during challenging situations. His relationships and instincts are second to none, and I am absolutely confident he will transition into this expanded role with ease.”

On Ms. Tyrrell appointment, Mr. Risser commented: “Michelle’s passion, work ethic, personality, and her slew of PD/MD fans will be a welcome addition to our staff.  We are proud to make her the newest member of Team UMG!”


Universal Music Group Nashville, comprised of Mercury Nashville, MCA Nashville and Lost Highway Records, 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 catalog of music in the industry, which includes the last 100 years of the world’s most popular artists and their recordings. UMG’s catalog 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