Jon Loba, EVP, BBR Music Group; Zach Katz, President, Repertoire & Marketing, BMG US; Michael Knox, Jess Rosen of Greenberg Traurig; Sara Knabe, VP A&R, BBR Music Group.
Country music producer Michael Knox, best known for his work with Jason Aldean, has launched Music Knox Records, a new label venture with BMG.
Though Knox has yet to announce any signings, the imprint will focus on developing artists. Knox discovered Aldean, who is signed to BMG’s Broken Bow Records, in 1998 and has produced all of the country superstar’s albums. He has also worked with Thomas Rhett, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert, among others. Combined, his projects have yielded 21 No. 1s, and 40 million singles and 18 million albums sold, according to BMG.
“I know this sounds cliché, but it’s a dream come true for me,” Knox said in a statement. “I’m excited to work with Zach [Katz, President, Repertoire & Marketing, BMG U.S.], Jon [Loba, EVP, BBR Music Group] and the entire BMG family. Considering our history together, I couldn’t imagine a better team to work with on this exciting new venture.”
Loba added, “I’ve known and worked with Michael since the early days of BBR. He is one of the best song executives in this town and has always had a burning desire to find and develop diamonds in the rough before they move to the 615. We are so thrilled to partner with him in that endeavor.”
“As one of the most successful and in-demand producers in country music, he has had a hand in helping artists navigate and achieve success throughout every stage of their careers – from discovery to development to multi-platinum chart hits,” Katz said. “Michael has an ear for the best up-and-coming artists inside and outside of Nashville; we are excited to show the world what he brings to the table next.”
The CMA and ACM-Award winning Knox remains VP for peermusic in Nashville.