Universal Music Publishing Group Appoints Walter Jones VP/Creative
February 14, 2017
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has announced that Walter Jones has been appointed VP/Creative. Jones will relocate to Los Angeles, and joins UMPG’s global A&R team from Sony/ATV, where he served as Vice President of Urban A&R. He'll report to David Gray, UMPG EVP/Head of West Coast A&R.
Jones has placed a multitude of songs on major releases and signed some of music’s top songwriters and producers. His signings have included Alessia Cara, G-Eazy, ASAP Rocky, Kid Ink, OT Genesis, MadeinTYO, ASAP Ferg, Pusha T, and DJ Marley Waters, co producer of Tinashe’s hit song “2 On.” Jones has also worked closely with hitmakers DJ Camper (Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, John Legend), and August Rigo (Justin Bieber, One Direction, Chris Brown). In addition, he executive produced artist H.E.R.’s debut EP, Volume 1 (MBK/RCA).
Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO, commented: “I’m a big Walter Jones fan. I love his passion for music and his deep relationships with the artist community. I am supportive of his growth as an executive and can’t wait to see what he achieves with us at UMPG.
“As an experienced A&R executive who’s well-known for his great ears and ability to spot and nurture writers, Walter Jones is going to be a fantastic addition to our global team. I’m really pleased he’s joined the company,” said David Gray.
“I am excited to join UMPG’s incredible team and inspired by their commitment to the roster and fostering of new talent. I look forward to this exciting new chapter, and thank Jody Gerson, Evan Lamberg and David Gray for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the company’s growth, innovation, and success,” said Jones.
Prior to Sony/ATV, Jones also was an international DJ and held the position of Director of Membership (Rhythm & Soul) at ASCAP.