(CelebrityAccess) – Hit songwriter Justin Tranter and Warner/Chappell Publishing’s Katie Vinten have announced the launch of a new label called Facet in partnership with Warner Bros. Records.
Tranter, who is the former lead singer of the glam-punk band Semi Precious Weapons, has co-written a number of major hits including Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” DNCE’s “Cake By The Ocean,” Selena Gomez’s “Bad Liar,” Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries,” and Julia Michaels’ “Issues”, among others. He is also a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community and a GLAAD board member.
Vinten, who joined Warner/Chappell in 2012 and most recently served as SVP and Co-Head of A&R, has worked closely with Tranter for years. She’s also helped to grow the careers of songwriters such as Audra Mae (Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert), Captain Cuts (Walk the Moon, Halsey), Mattman and Robin (Imagine Dragons, Janelle Monáe, DNCE), Nick Monson (Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas), Kygo, K Flay, Hailee Steinfeld and Christina Aguilera. Going forward Vinten will also serve as an A&R Consultant to Warner Bros. Records and will continue with Warner/Chappell in a consultancy role, working with a select roster of songwriters.
Commenting on the news, Warner Bros. Records Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck said: “Justin is a true visionary and one of the greatest songwriters in the game, with a remarkable ability to bring the best out of people. Justin is a fierce champion for artists and their songwriting peers, takes risks, dares to be different, and fights daily for the causes they believe in, both within and outside the scope of the music business. Katie is a brilliant A&R person who has been the guiding force behind an incredible roster of chart-topping songwriters, Justin among them. To be able to partner with both of them in their mission to identify and develop the next generation of superstars is an honor and a privilege for all of us at Warner Bros. Records.”
“I am beyond honored and excited to begin this next chapter with Warner Bros. Records,” said Tranter. “It makes perfect sense to partner with my queen Katie Vinten on this label venture, since we built my songwriting career from the ground up. The work we have done with Aaron Bay-Schuck on artist projects like Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, and Imagine Dragons changed our lives forever. And now, as we continue working with him, we can’t wait to change other people’s lives as well.”
“It has been a great privilege to work with Jon Platt and the team at Warner/Chappell over the past six years,” added Vinten, “and I’m thrilled to be able to continue consulting on a limited roster. It is with great enthusiasm and joy that Justin and I announce the start of Facet. We’ve had an amazing run of success at Warner/Chappell, much of that in collaboration with Aaron, and we’re already hard at work lining up our first artist endeavor. It all started with a belief in each other’s potential, and we launch this label with the same relentless faith in what we can accomplish together. Special thanks to Max [Lousada], Aaron, and Tom [Corson] for their support and recognition of our abilities to nurture success with the quietly shining stars of today, who will get the global recognition they deserve tomorrow!”