Kobalt has promoted Sam Taylor to the position of EVP, creative. He joined the company as SVP, creative in 2016.
Over the past year, Taylor has been integral in the key signings and development of songs from Gunna, Roddy Ricch, Jay Rock, Raphael Saadiq, Teddy Walton (Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar), J White (Cardi B), Ben Billions, BlaqnMild (Drake), Yung Exclusive (Drake, Travis Scott), Jahaan Sweet (A Boogie) and Al Shux, who has a credit on the Grammy-nominated All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar & SZA.
Kobalt founder and CEO, Willard Ahdritz, said, “Kobalt’s creative team is nurturing and supporting many of the world’s greatest talent - our market share and the hits speak for themselves. Sam is an important part of that success and I couldn’t be prouder of him. His deep relationships and understanding of where music is going, across many genres, plays an important role in shaping many of today and tomorrow's hits.”
Chief creative officer Sas Metcalfe added: "Sam is a true music lover. He continues to facilitate success through his trusted relationships with artist and songwriters, and his passion for their growth is reflected in his achievements. I am proud to have him on our global creative team and looking forward to his continued success."
Taylor said: “Music is my true, constant passion in life and it has been that way since I was a child. I’ve dedicated my career to facilitating the inspirations of songwriters in any way I can and Kobalt is a company that hands me the tools to do that. Being part of an extraordinary team here has been a beautiful thing, giving me the opportunity to witness great examples of leadership from Willard, Laurent, Sas, and Sue. I’m honoured to continue alongside them, guiding our existing songwriters towards exciting opportunities while also attracting new and diverse talent to Kobalt, as they all create music that touches people across cultures and genres.”
The music industry veteran started out in the A&R department at Elektra Records, and has gone on to posts at Atlantic Records, Warner Chappell Music, Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing, where he signed and worked with Pharrell Willams, Schoolboy Q, Sounwave, FKi, Dahi, Kevin Cossom and Sam Dew.