NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Veteran label exec Kim Buie has been tapped to serve as VP of A&R for New West Records. Buie will be based at New West's newly opened Nashville office where she will work alongside president John Allen.
Buie joins New West from artist management and distribution company Thirty Tigers where she was head of A&R. Previous to that she ran Lost Highway's A&R department under Luke Lewis for nearly eight years.
Buie's music career began in 1981 at a college radio station in her home state of Kansas and over the last three decades has encompassed nearly every facet of the industry from management, marketing, manufacturing and distribution to national press, promotion and A&R. She got her start in A&R in 1985 when she was hired by then MCA president Irving Azoff to work under Jimmy Bowen as a regional pop A&R rep in Nashville. There she learned the fundamentals of A&R – from building budgets to navigating contracts, meeting producers and searching for talent – from Bowen and several generations of A&R executives.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be working with John Allen, whom I've known for many years and greatly admire, and likewise look forward to working with the entire New West team," said Buie. "I truly value that it's an artist driven company with an impressive history and catalog and I look forward to contributing to this great label and roster and pushing the envelope." – Staff Writers