Warner Bros. Records has partnered with award-winning songwriter Justin Tranter and Katie Vinten, most recently co-head of A&R for Warner/Chappell Music.
The pair will launch a new label, Facet Records, with the company. 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 selected roster of songwriters.
Warner Bros Records co-chairman & CEO, Aaron Bay-Schuck (pictured, centre), 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 honour and a privilege for all of us at Warner Bros. Records.”
“I am beyond honoured and excited to begin this next chapter with Warner Bros. Records,” said Justin 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. Thank you so much Max Lousada for this beautiful opportunity. I named our label Facet because the most precious stones deserve thought-out, passionate facets to make them really shine. I know, with the help of Aaron, Max, Tom Corson, and the whole WBR team, that’s exactly what we are going to do.”
“It has been a great privilege to work with Jon Platt and the team at Warner/Chappell over the past six years,” added Katie 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 endeavour. 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, Aaron, and Tom 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!”
Justin Tranter has seven billion streams to date on Spotify for songs written or co-written, including Justin Bieber’s Sorry, Dnce’s Cake By The Ocean and Julia Michaels’ Issues.
Vinten joined Warner/Chappell in 2012, serving initially as director, A&R, before being promoted eventually to SVP and co-head of A&R in 2016. She has worked closely with songwriters including Tranter, 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), Asia Whiteacre (Hailee Steinfeld, 5S0S), and Felix Snow (SZA, Kiiara), as well as performing artist/songwriters Bishop Briggs, Kygo, Hailee Steinfeld, Julia Michaels and Christina Aguilera.