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Roc Nation Names Shari Bryant and Omar Grant Co-Presidents of Label

Roc Nation Names Shari Bryant and Omar Grant Co-Presidents of Label

Shari Bryant and Omar Grant. Credit: Mark Clennon.
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NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – Industry veterans Shari Bryant and Omar Grant have been named co-presidents of Roc Nation’s record label, the company announced on Monday (July 22).

The pair will be tasked with boosting the Jay-Z founded imprint’s talent roster, while developing strategies for currently signed artists.

Bryant began her career as an intern at the now-defunct Roc-A-Fella Records before moving on to roles at Roc-A-Fella parent Def Jam, as well as Atlantic Record and Warner Bros. She arrives at Roc Nation from Alamo Records, where she held the role of general manager and partner.

Grant kicked off his music business career as an intern at Columbia Records and later worked as road manager for Destiny’s Child, before moving into senior A&R roles at EMI Music Publishing and Epic Records. Grant has spent close to a decade at Roc Nation, where he rose to head of A&R. Over the years, he has worked alongside such artists as Rihanna, Big Sean, Shakira and Belly, and recent signees DJ Mustard and Rainy.

Commenting on the news, Tyran Smith, president of A&R and a Roc Nation founder, said: “Shari and Omar love culture and all it encompasses. Both are consummate professionals who understand and respect artists and their process. It’s an honor to work alongside and see them at the helm, poised to usher in the next Roc Nation generation.”

Bryant added: “There is no better way to celebrate my 20th anniversary in the music business than to return home. The values and lessons that the Roc Nation founders instilled in me provided me the tools to become the best executive I could possibly be. I am honored to make even more history with my family.”

Grant said: “After nine incredible years here, it’s an unbelievable honor to step into this new role. Inspiration comes from the top down at Roc Nation, and the founders set a precedent for a culture of progress in terms of both business and creativity. That’s a legacy I’m humbled to uphold and extend as co-president.”

Bryant and Grant will be taking over from former label president Benny Pough, who departed the post in March.

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