Producer/Songwriter The-Dream Named EVP Of A&R At Def Jam
October 9, 2012
Songwriter/producer The-Dream has been appointed EVP of A&R at Def Jam Recordings (a division of Universal Music Group). The-Dream (aka Terius Nash) has worked with Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Rihanna and many others, as well as releasing three solo records of his own.
In making the announcement, Def Jam said The-Dream will "have a comprehensive, broad reaching A&R portfolio." His responsibilities at the label will include overseeing the progress of current and new artist projects, signing new talent to the label and working in a production capacity with artists on the Def Jam roster. In his new position, the-Dream will work closely with Barry Weiss, Chairman/CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown; Karen Kwak, head of A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group; Joie Manda, President of Def Jam Recordings; and Steve Bartels, President/COO of Island Def Jam Music Group.
Weiss stated, "The-Dream is a gifted songwriter and producer who writes from a unique cultural point of view. This rare ability sets him apart from all other writers and producers out there."
The-Dream adds, "I am committed to bringing the power of belief in the artist back to the forefront. I share a unique view of an artist and as well as the business of music. I, with the help of many others, have run a successful business for the last five years in the midst of the ‘Digital Change.’ My concentration and effort will be to the artist to succeed in their dreams and goals. I've been a part of watching and participating in the success of many great women and men, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, to name a few. Music means more than just a download… It’s life to the culture and also the people who listen. This is a new exciting yet critical time for music—‘You Meet Change with Change!’"