NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) – Spirit Music Group has appointed Derek Wells to Senior Director A&R/Production, Spirit Music Nashville. Spirit has also established a joint venture with Wells for his 2 Mix Music company.
Wells, who is a Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and producer as well as a session musician, has performed on No.1 songs from a wide range of artists including: Kid Rock, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Shakira, Midland, Kane Brown, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Corey Hart, Ian Gillian of Deep Purple, Thomas Rhett, and Carrie Underwood.
As a producer, Wells has worked on successful projects for Universal Music Group (Maddie and Tae), Broken Bow Records (Granger Smith) and Triple Tigers/Sony (Scotty McCreery), which produced a multi-week number one single (“This is It”) that has been certified Platinum.
Commenting on the appointment, Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville said: “Derek Wells is one of the most talented people in music – period. His resume as a musician and producer speaks for itself, but that is just scratching the surface. He is a magnet for great people and great music. I speak for the entire Spirit Music Nashville family in saying we are thrilled to partner with Derek in this next phase of his career. Here we go.”
Wells added: “I’m thrilled to join the Spirit Music Nashville team in this new A&R role and also as a partner in 2 Mix Music. Jon, Joe, Rak and everyone at Spirit Music have built an amazing company offering boutique service with global reach. Naming Frank Rogers CEO of Spirit Music Nashville, someone who I have a long history with and tremendous respect for, shows their commitment to strengthening the Nashville headquarters and building upon an already impressive list of writers and catalogs. I’m excited to be a part of this next chapter!”
In 2016, Wells became the youngest person in history to win The Academy of Country Music’s Guitar Player of the Year award and also the youngest person to ever be nominated for the CMA Musician of the Year Award.