UNIVERSAL RECORDS SOUTH APPOINTS ARTHUR BUENAHORA, JR TO VICE PRESIDENT OF A&R
Nashville, Tennessee, February 4, 2008 – Universal Records South has appointed Arthur Buenahora, Jr. to Vice President of A&R it was announced today by Mark Wright, President for the label. Buenahora will report directly to Mark Wright effective immediately.
“We are so excited to add Arthur to our A&R team at Universal Records South,” said Mark Wright, President of Universal Records South. “With his ability to recognize the potential in new, up and coming artists, we will remain on the front line of getting involved early in a young artist’s career. His past publishing experience will also benefit artists already on the roster.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Mark and Fletcher along with the team they have assembled at Universal Records South,” added Buenahora, “ This is an amazing opportunity for me and I look forward to contributing to building a label that will be the first choice for anyone in country music. I am also grateful to Mike Dungan and all the great people at Capitol Nashville for a wonderful two years.”
Buenahora began his career in 1997 after graduating from the University of Tennessee, where he started at the ground level at Sony/ATV/Tree Publishing. Over the next five years, Arthur was promoted within the company over four times. Within this time, he garnered over 100 cuts, including ten #1 singles. He was key in the development and signing of a number of highly successful artists, including Dierks Bentley, where he paired Bentley with highly respected producer Brett Beavers and in tern introduced the unknown artist to Capitol Nashville, where Bentley was later signed to a record deal. Buenahora was also responsible for signing publishing deals with singer/songwriters Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift, with whom he helped develop as a songwriter before turning her over to Big Machine Records.
In 2005, Capitol Nashville President and CEO, Mike Dungan approached Arthur about joining the label’s A&R Department. His decision to join the company as Sr. Director of A&R allowed him to continue his creative relationships with Bentley and Eric Church.
Arthur is a member of NARAS, CMA and Leadership Music alumni.
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